Skip to comments.Knives Come Out for U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson
Posted on 07/03/2013 11:41:38 AM PDT by mandaladon
As the violent standoff between the Egyptian military and President Mohamed Morsy continues, U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson has become a lightning rod for critics of U.S. policy in the country.
The tip of the spear for U.S.-Egypt diplomacy, Patterson's June 18 speech discouraging street protests has come to symbolize the administration's inability to recognize the potency of Egypt's liberal opposition. "Some say that street action will produce better results than elections," Patterson said. "To be honest, my government and I are deeply skeptical."
Now, with the Egyptian military's 48-hour deadline for Morsy to yield to protesters demands passed, observers fear the outbreak of widespread violence between Morsy's Islamist supporters and moderate critics, and many wonder if the U.S. could've taken a harder line on the Brotherhood during its 10-month rule.
Patterson in particular resisted opportunities to criticize the Morsy government as it implemented increasingly authoritarian policies. In a memorable May interview with the Egyptian English-language news sit Ahram Online, she repeatedly dodged pointed questions about Morsy's leadership. "The fact is they ran in a legitimate election and won," she said. "Of course it is challenging to be dealing with any new government. However, at the state institutional level, we are for instance still liaising with the same military and civil service personnel, and thus have retained the same long-established relations."
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“What does it matter?”
With respect, that's her job. An ambassador is there to represent the policies of the government which sent him.
If Ms. Patterson is representing bad policies, that problem points right back to the head of government who sent her: Barack Hussein Soetoro 0dinga Whatever 0bama.
Make room under the bus.
U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Ann Patterson sez ...
> “The fact is they ran in a legitimate election and won,”
> she said.
So did Adolf Hitler.
And so did your totalitarian, collectivist, statist boss 0bamarx.
She does need to close the embassy and leave. We don’t need another dead ambassador.
> What does it matter?
No, no, get it right.
Shrillery said, “What difference does it make?”
Where’s John Kerry? Sailboarding on Martha’s Vineyard?
This decade’s April Glaspie?
If I were her, I’d be packing my bags right now and planning on catching the earliest U.S. flight out of the country she can...
Wheres John Kerry? Sailboarding on Marthas Vineyard?
He’s talking Climate Change with some other idiot somewhere.
Hey Anne, maybe they are protesting that video. Did you ever think of that?
They weren't a bit skeptical during the chaos of the "Arab Spring." These people are unbelievable.
Patterson’s predicament is emblematic of American policy in the Mideast for the past sixty years. For the most part it is confusing, has alienated the majority of the regions population and has not benefited the United States. The reality is that oil will find its way to American shores as long as we have the hard currency to pay. The sellers must market their oil or they will wither and die. There will never again be a successful OPEC boycott.
US women are three for three. Hilary,Susan and Ann. Need to keep the women voters happy.
Is there any issue the idiot in the White House can’t get on the wrong side of?
has she been involved in promoting the acceptance of sodomy as other embassies have been doing?
She isn’t safe right now and should get out. Prayerfully she has the wisdom not to wait for an Obama transport or count on his protection. Of course they may be suggesting she stand down and wait till things cool off. Is Obama willing to sacrifice another ambassador in an attempt to save face for the MB?
Yeah, like Kerry’s doing a smashing job.
Heck, Obama himself basically dislodged Mubarak. Obama then handed his buddy Morsi billions in US taxpayer aid.
This mess is solely the result of the Kenyan Marxist.
Libya, Syria, Egypt, the US economy, ObamaCare. How much more evidence is required to see that Obama is an international DISASTER.
I too remember her. Great analogy.
“Is there any issue the idiot in the White House cant get on the wrong side of?”
Nope, that’s the only thing he got 100% on.
You gotta be kidding me.
If you are talking about fair and honest elections, I would tend to agree with Anne Patterson and her skepticism.
But if you are talking about the sham elections which have become the rule at the national and many state levels with voter rolls full of the dead, disqualified, illegal aliens, zombie and multiple voters . . . then the people of Egypt have ever right to mistrust the process. And so do we.
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Great news! The defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood is a HUGE defeat for Muhammad Obama!!
Think of the time, money and lives Obama and Clinton have invested in the Brotherhood. Their stupidity and ideological blindness are breathtaking
“Think of the time, money and lives Obama and Clinton have invested in the Brotherhood”
Just think of the number of lives lost just over the “Anti-islam video”...wish we could get 14 million concerned citizens in DC to invoke militarily ouster of an imposter.
This is a must read report ! Obama is a fake Christian regardless of what he says to the world.
You are absolutely correct is identifying Patterson as only the implementer of admin policies. But when Morsi and the MB go south and there’s chaos in Egypt or there’s a new non jihadi govt, you can bet the underside of Obama’s bus will have a new admit.
It's never Bam-Bam's fault.
Just ask him. Somehow or other, this is all ...
Yes, you guessed it:
Imagine honest diplomats saying, “Egyptians are alright. Everyone should own one.”
There are going to be a lot of pissed off people if Marines die trying to get this beeatch out of EggPit.
I have worked with her on several occasions, She is a first rate career diplomat who is honorable and dedicated. She is taking the arrows for the WH.
Another arab protest?
When does Zero pull another video out of his ass?
> What difference, at this point, does it make?
Yes, thank you for the correction.
The more complete quote actually underscores Hillary’s hubris all the better.
So, clearly she is personna non-gratta in Egypt, especially with any new government, and especially-Especially with the people of Egypt.
Now, the question becomes what letter for her replacement will the regime pick from their LBGT-ABC-M-O-U-S-E alphabet?
You couldn't be more wrong. Anne is a first rate career diplomat who has served in some of the toughest and most dangerous places in the world. I have worked with her and have the highest respect for her.
Patterson entered the Foreign Service in 1973.
She served as a US State Department Economic Officer and Counselor to Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1988 and then as a Political Counselor at the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1988 to 1991.
Patterson served as State Department Director for the Andean Countries from 1991 to 1993. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs from 1993 to 1996.
Patterson served as United States Ambassador to El Salvador from 1997 to 2000, and then as United States Ambassador to Colombia from 2000 to 2003. While ambassador to Colombia, Patterson and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone were the alleged targets of a failed bomb plot while on an official visit to the Colombian town of Barrancabermeja. From 2003 to 2004 Patterson served as Deputy Inspector General of the US State Department.
In August 2004, Patterson was appointed Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Patterson became acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations after John Danforth resigned, effective January 20, 2005. An extended delay in the confirmation of John R. Bolton by the Senate (ending when Bolton assumed the position on August 1, 2005, after a recess appointment) caused Patterson to served as interim permanent representative longer than expected.
Patterson became Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on November 28, 2005, serving until May 2007. President George W. Bush appointed Patterson as the United States Ambassador to Pakistan after Ryan Crocker left that post to become Ambassador to Iraq. She served in Pakistan between July 2007 and October 2010.
In May 2011 U.S. President Obama nominated Patterson to be the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. On June 30, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Patterson by unanimous consent to be the United States Ambassador to Egypt.
No doubt, it would be best to replace her at this point from both the standpoint of acceptability to the new regime and for her personal safety. She was the messenger and the message no longer resonates. The originator of the message is Obama and his advisers. If we really want change, they are the ones who need to be replaced.
Still blaming the video? What does it matter?
The reality is, America would have more than enough oil pumped right here, if it weren't for the Libs.
Didn't she already apologize for the video? At least the Cairo embassy did! ;-)
Obastard is rooting for the horse that won the last race.
Look for the USA Ambassator to Egypt to be next to be thrown under the bus.
I hope for her sake, the gets smart and gets the hell out of Egypt. Her boss WILL leave her to the wolves.
He and Hillary have a pattern.
TEACHER: "Now, class, does anyone know why this was so???"
THIRD GRADER: "Because her boss has acted the same way"
Thank you for giving the facts about Patterson. This is what FR is all about...providing us the best information (and usually before anyone else has it!).