Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a nasty reception on her first visit to Egypt following the election of Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi. Her motorcade was pelted by tomatoes and shoes by angry Egyptians, who chanted ″Monica! Monica!″, in reference to Monica Lewinski. The shame of her husband′s affair with his former White House intern was not the only soar issue. During statements given by Clinton, advocating that the Egyptian military cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood, the military released its own statement saying that they will not allow the fundamentalists to dominate Egyptian politics. Clinton moves on to Israel, her first visit there in two years.
You have to feel sorry for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Bad enough that her husband Bill is a cheating dog. Or that Barack Obama stole the Democrat primary from her. Now she actually has to travel about supporting the Obama administration no matter how flawed its foreign policy is.
Egypt, which had been a reliable ally under the rule of Hosni Mubarak, is rapidly becoming a basket case. Two Americans are currently being held hostage there by radical Islamists. The new Muslim Brotherhood administration is sending mixed signals about continuing their relationship with Israel. Whether the military can stand as a moderating force is unclear.
One thing that is now clear is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her work cut out for her if peace is to be maintained between Egypt and Israel. After this demonstration of contempt by the Egyptian people, throwing tomatoes and shoes at Hillary while chanting ″Monica! Monica!″, she is going to have a hard time selling the Egyptians anything. The Muslim Brotherhood, led by Mohammed Morsi, seems prepared to go their own way and break from treaty agreements. As with most fundamentalist Islamists, they are showing little respect for a woman.