The Adventures Of America’s Alinskyites in Egypt

Ilana Mercer, February 10, 2012

The Egyptian Justice Ministry, under the authority of the military council, has detained and indicted 19 American democracy activists. To listen to the malfunctioning media stateside, however, the Egyptians are being petty, picking a fight with their American benefactors for “operating in Egypt without a license.” Or, if you want “expert” opinion, courtesy of, the Egyptian plan to prosecute these “Americans and two dozen others” “is more over the future of U.S. aid to Egypt and who controls it.”

Among the Americans detained in Egypt is Sam LaHood—son of Ray LaHood, the Obama administration’s secretary of transportation and a former Republican congressman from Illinois. Try as it did to obfuscate Egypt’s allegations against LaHood, the New York Times was forced to mention the military-led government’s suspicion that LaHood’s organization had been funneling funds through Washington “to stir unrest in the streets” of Cairo. The Gray Lady nevertheless attributed this preposterous figment of the Arab imagination to an “escalating drumbeat of anti-American statements” in Egypt.

LaHood fell under suspicion in his capacity as head of the International Republican Institute (IRI). And, wouldn’t you know it, he was working alongside the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Freedom House—described by the Times as “a Washington-based group that promotes democracy and open elections.” Also arraigned were the director of the NDI and one “Patrick Butler, vice president of programs at the DC-based International Center for Journalists.”

The IRI and the NDI are excrescences of the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. Yes, on the foreign-policy front, not much distinguishes America’s duopoly. Republicans and Democrats work in tandem, Saul-Alinsky style, to bring about volcanic transformation in societies that desperately need stability.

As far as America is concerned, Egypt’s road to majoritarian politics is stalled at the military dictatorship stage. While some may contend, uncontroversially, that this is preferable to a people’s republic governed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist al-Nour Party, which won the ballot in the newly installed democracy—America is the ultimate arbiter.

Dr. Ron Paul excepted, conjuring up new missions abroad is a project shared by the incumbent president and his Republican rivals. According to the New York Times, both the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute “are chartered to promote democracy abroad with [ostensibly] nonpartisan training and election monitoring.” “Loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties,” these institutes “were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations.”

“In the last twenty years democratization has been a central, massively funded pillar of American foreign policy,” writes Amy Chua in “World On Fire: How exporting Free market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.”

“In the 1990s the U.S. government spent approximately 1$billion on democracy initiatives for post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. At the same time, America aggressively promoted democracy throughout Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. … There is almost no developing or transitional country in the world where the United States has not actively championed political liberalization, majoritarian elections, and the empowerment of civil society” (page 124).

To cap it all, the troublesome meddling is paid for by the unsuspecting, overburdened American taxpayer. The hypocrisy in all this is that we Americans do not live under the Athenian democracy seemingly promoted abroad. On the contrary, we the people labor under a highly evolved technocratic, militarized Managerial State, which is far more efficient in encroaching on its citizens than are the tin-pot dictators, who’ve been built-up into mega-monsters in infantile, Disneyfied minds.

Given the US’s record-breaking incarceration rates, your average Egyptian under Mubarak or Libyan under Gadhafi was probably less likely than his American counterpart to be jailed, harassed or have a threatening encounter with the state’s emissaries. Were Americans to run riot, as the spirited Egyptians have done pursuant to the Port Said stampede, they’d probably come face-to-face with the Military. In contravention of The Posse Comitatus Act—and in furtherance of freedom, of course—the 2006 version of The National Defense Authorization Act allowed the Armed Forces to “restore public order” during “major public emergencies.”

The LaHood international incident The Times has framed as an expedient attempt by an Egyptian government that “faces public doubts,” “to rally support by stoking feuds with Washington.” But only the other day did “Pravda on the Hudson” concede “that several groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt,” received training from the three aforementioned outfits.

It is a fact—and three of the Republican presidential candidates will applaud it—that Washington fields community agitators, whose brief it is to unleash marauders for mobocracy all over the world. DC does so through NGOs, surrogates and other unwitting participants, confirms former State Department official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

“Purple” in Iraq, Blue in Kuwait, Cotton in Uzbekistan, Grape in Moldova, “Orange” in the Ukraine, “Rose” in Georgia, “Tulip” in Kyrgizstan, “Cedar” in Lebanon, Jasmine in Tunisia, Green in Iran, still un-christened in Russia and Syria: Dig around and you’ll find LaHood à la Alinsky activists behind these “color-coded,” plant-based revolutions, blessed and backed by baby Bush and his non-identical, evil ideological twin, Barack Obama.

Egypt’s Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is hip to the role of American community organizers in the Lotus Revolution, which is how the West has dubbed the mess in Egypt.

February 10

CATEGORIES: Barack Obama, Democracy, Europe, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Neoconservatism