The rewriting of recent events is about to begin.
A rewriting where Egyptian President Morsi was forced to put the November decree into effect to ‘save’ democracy — and that opposition to his decree were brainwashed into thinking it was unethical for any president to have no checks or balances. Never mind that President Morsi could have easily worked with the opposition to carry out revolutionary measures, as opposed to simply forcing through a constitution in a few days.
A rewriting where the opposition are accused of being guilty of thuggery, and are paid agents to engage in violence and destruction around the country. But without any mention of the fact that it was supporters of the president that descended upon a peaceful protest in front of the presidential palace, causing a conflict that left eight dead. Even in death, the narrative is being rewritten: now, all dead are supporters of the president, and none are opposition. As though it mattered, but it is not even true.
A rewriting where the opposition are all guilty of the outrageous Tweet by Alaa al-Aswany, the Egyptian novelist, who insisted illiterate Egyptians (some 30-40 percent of the country) should not have the right to vote in the referendum. Forget, of course, that he received immediate and harsh criticism from supporters of the opposition.
[The resignation of assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Wess Mitchell] is surprising news, which seems to have caught everyone off guard. He doesn’t appear to have shared this news with his ambassadors, who were in Washington last week for a global chiefs of mission conference. His deputy is also slated to retire soon, which raises question of near term leadership on European policy at a time of challenges there.
[Wess] Mitchell was a strong supporter of NATO, particularly in Eastern Europe where he will be sorely missed. His departure comes follows the resignation of senior Pentagon officials – Robert Karem and Tom Goffus – working on NATO along with Secretary Mattis. Without this pro-alliance caucus, NATO is now more vulnerable than at any time since the beginning of the Trump administration.