Niall Ferguson Blasts Barack Obama For Failed Egypt Foreign Policy


Niall Ferguson Blasts Barack Obama For Failed Egypt Foreign Policy
by Darius Kadivar

On MSNBC as early as Feb 14, 2011 , Harvard History professor Niall Ferguson offered an articulate, detailed, and biting indictment of President Obama's handling of the crisis Egypt. Apparently To Obama's Deaf Ears ...

Niall Ferguson Blasts Barack Obama For Failed Egypt Foreign Policy :


This program came as a follow up to his Newsweek column a day earlier (Read Article Here ) which looked very much like an Open Letter of advice to the US President.

(See Related News: BBC News - Cairo's Israeli embassy attacked )


Those disagreeing on the usually Obamaphilic "Morning Joe" panel ( amongst Mika Brzezinski daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski former national security advisor in Jimmy Carter’s administration) could offer little of substance in response.


Co-host Mika Brzezinski began the segment reading Ferguson's latest column -- which is the latest Newsweek magazine cover story -- and asked him to expound on Egypt,saying that "it actually seems like it went pretty damn well."Perhaps she is referring to the many joyful reports from Tahrir Square amidst jubilant masses, or maybe CBS' Harry Smith doling out kisses to the crowd --but Ferguson offered a more dire assessment of the situation.

"You cannot make the foreign policy of a superpower up as you go along," Ferguson stated. He bludgeoned the Obama administration's slipshod policy, calling it "flip followed by flop followed by flip." He added that "they admitted that they had not planned for this scenario. I find that absolutely astonishing.









Kissinger on Charlie Rose :

"I have supported the Obama administration's foreign policy and I want them to succeed. I'm concerned that there is a danger of confusion... the process by which the change of government that is taking place with the contest that has to take place afterwards.I do not think the administration will be in a position to put itself at thehead of the pro-democratic parade around the world by becoming too involved inthe process of changing the governmental structure in Egypt.
 Right now theradical extremist and jihadist forces want somebody to create the jihadist space so they can afterwards pursue their objectives, many of which are against our interests and our values. So in the process of moving toward a democratic system, we should keep in mind there are two separate efforts going on. One --how to guide the process of transformation from where we are to the departure of Mubarak; this is a question of a few months. The second is how to create in that process a structure in which a genuine democratic system can take place.And in which we should have no illusions that we can co-opt all the radical and jihadist forces into the governmental structure in the beginning."




Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi on Piers Morgan

Barbara Walters on Shahbanou Farah and Mubarak




Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi with Piers Morgan - Iran & Egypt - Full Interview - CNN:

Barbara Walters Speaks about Shahbanou Farah About Mubarak’s Predicament:





Iran’s« Devolution » of ‘79 Rehearsed in Egypt ?




Egyptians Break Into Israeli Embassy:

Associated Press-Protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped documents out of the windows as hundreds more demonstrated outside, prompting the ambassador to rushto the airport to leave. (Sept. 9)


President Anwar El Sadat :On Khomeinism Vs Islam:

Anwar Sadat Offers Assylum to Shah of Iran:



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KISSINGER's ADVICE: Henry Kissinger Speaks to Charlie Rose on President Obama and Egypt

SATIRE: Egypt's "Papyrus Revolution"

EGYPTIAN SHAHBANOU: Princess Fawzia and Son-in-Law Ardeshir Zahedi (2004)

ETERNAL PEACE: The Shah of Iran's Funeral in Cairo, Egypt July 27th, 1980

POINT OF NO RETURN: Russian Revolution's Bloody Sunday and Iran's Black Friday

DON'T CALL ME JUNIOR: How J.R Ewing Exported the Revolution To the Middle East


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Re: Dunno what US could have done though, even with Kissinger or

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


This part I am very serious:

The best bet America has for an ally in the ME is to restore Monarchy in Iran.  Hey I am not a Monarchist but putting RP as the King will solve a lot of problems. It will give USA a real friend not fake like Pakistan. On the other hand if I were RP I would not just trust the USA after what they did to his father. Nevertheless restoration of Monarchy in Iran will solve American problems in ME. 

Regarding Egypt this is what they should have done (sarcasm on).

Supported the dictator! Obviously that is the viable option to keep Islamist out of power. The problem with Democrats is they don't understand this. 

  • Brzezinski is a twit who helped overthrow the Shah.
  • Kissinger on the other hand "gets it".

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To think he was just a Freshman out of College at the time ...


He is just three years younger than Obama by the way therefore of the same 60's generation as some of us contributors on IC born during the Cold War and familiar with the dilemmas and enormous Challenges of the Post Cold War Era ...

As such I would say he speaks based on some intellectual authority to say the least as someone who has given a thought to much of these serious issues of our times unlike Some childish Disenchanted  Post 9/11  "Citizens of the World" born out of the blue ...



Seems like majority of Egyptians want Islamic law and

by Disenchanted on


        want the Israel to get the hell out of the region! I don't see any contradiction in that or anything US can or should do about it!

        What possibly Obama could have done other than trying to support a dictatorship to stop Egyptians to get their wishes. I am sure likes of Ferguson, corrupted Saudis and criminal Israelis would have liked that option!

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"High probability scenario" of...

by Ari Siletz on

...Egypt going Islamic. High probability that Ferguson is right.

Dunno what US could have done though, even with Kissinger or Brzezinsky running foreign policy.