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U.S. Not Trusted As Honest Power Broker to Defuse Political Conflict in Egypt

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It's becoming increasingly difficult to sort out and decipher the truth coming from reports given to the media by the opposing factions regarding the ongoing violence and political instability now consuming Egypt.

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The latest killing of some 36 Islamists arrested and detained by the military had the "interim" government saying they were killed trying to escape custody while the Muslim Brotherhood maintains they were massacred in cold blood on a bus taking them to detention facility.

Over the weekend General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the military leader behind the "interim" government threatened to ban the Muslim Brotherhood referring to all Islamists as "terrorists" trying to destroy the country and has reportedly taken steps to freeze all the Brotherhood's assets. The Brotherhood has begun to refer to the general as being no different than Bashar Assad of Syria.

The general backed by billions coming from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE appears emboldened to crush the Islamic opposition accusing the Western news media with "distortion" while denouncing the U.S. and the European Union with interference in Egyptian internal affairs.

One thing does seem certain as the headline in Sunday's New York Times correctly revealed, "How U.S. Push To Defuse Egypt Ended In Failure".

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Let's remember, some two weeks ago President Obama sent Senator's John McCain and Lindsey Graham, diplomats "extraordinaire", to Egypt to get el-Sisi and his Interim" government Prime Minister Hasem el-Beblawi to end the crisis with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists created by the military led coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Quite unexpectedly, McCain and Lindsey were rebuffed by el Sisi and el-Bablawi and given the bums rush with the prime minister telling them, "You can't negotiate with these people," (the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists), "They've got to get out of the streets and respect the rule of law".

Ah yes, the "rule of law". That old saw that was conveniently dismissed or ignored when the coup of Morsi was justified as crowds in the streets wanted him removed and well the army should do it so the "rule of law" was set aside and put "on hold". But now with the political conflict escalating into chaos, the "interim" government finds it convenient to bring the "rule of law" out of the closet and declare the opposition doesn't respect it.

Isn't it amazing how those in power raise the specter that it's always the opposition that doesn't respect the "rule of law" but those in power always has the "rule of law" on their side, (even though that power they wield was secured by breaking the rule of law).

But into the Egyptian cauldron steps the U.S. arrogantly expecting the Egyptian military's "interim" government to do what we say or the $1.5 billion in military aid we dispense to you each year will be ended.

That's what McCain and Graham's "diplomacy" brought with them as the hammer behind their plea for the military to restore civilian governance.

But the U.S. can't be an honest power broker in Egypt.

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Both sides in this political conflict, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists as well as the military backed "interim" government accuse the U.S. of interference into Egyptian affairs. And let's not forget the U.S. was a prime supporter of Hosni Mubarak during his 30 years in power which ended only when it became clear he would be ousted by the Egyptian army in February, 2011.

This fact is not lost or forgotten by all the Egyptian people.

So it doesn't take much imagination to realize the mistrust felt by Egyptian's toward any prescriptions offered and associated with the U.S. government.

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