Everyone was briefly very pleased with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi after he helped negotiate the Israel-Gaza cease-fire. But within days Morsi put paid to all that good feeling by issuing a decree that gives him immunity from Egypt's courts, and thus puts him above the law.
Western observers might find all this especially shocking since it's only a year ago that Egyptians rose up and deposed the previous President, Mubarak, for wielding too much power.
One such shocked observer is Sen. John McCain, who made what was now a habitual round of the Sunday talk shows to say his piece on what President Obama should do and not do. In this case, says McCain, Obama must denounce Morsi and make use of US aid to Egypt for leverage:
What should the United States of America do, they should be saying, 'This is unacceptable. This is not what American taxpayers expect, and our dollars will be directly related to the progress toward democracy, which you promised the people of Egypt when you were elected president.'
Meanwhile in Egypt everyone has been upset – predictably – by Morsi's power grab. Two of the opposition parties have formed a coalition to challenge him, Egypt's stock exchange has fallen 10%, and ominously, protestors have gathered in Tahrir Square.
Posted Nov 26, 4am PST.