So How’s That ‘Arab Spring’ Spread of Freedom and Democracy Thing Working Out?

I sure am glad that earlier this year President Obama pledged $800 million in US aid to help out the “Arab Spring” countries — Egypt in particular. What direction is that headed?

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi has officially won Egypt’s presidential election and will be the country’s next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafiq, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

Farouq Sultan, the head of the election commission, delivered a long speech before announcing the results in which he defended the body’s “independence and integrity” amidst what he called meddling by unnamed political factions.

The two candidates filed 456 complaints about the electoral process, Sultan said, most of them allegations of either forgery or Christian voters being blocked from polling stations in Upper Egypt. The vast majority of those complaints were dismissed.

Look what the cleric introducing Egypt’s new president said. Also, feminists should be thrilled because this is obviously ushering in a new era of women’s rights in Egypt. And I take it “Allahu Akbar” means “we welcome democracy”… right?

Just last week Joe Biden called the Arab Spring a “democratic movement.” Nice timing there, Plugs.

Obama’s message of congratulations to Morsi and claim that this is a great victory for freedom and democracy in 3… 2… 1…

I’m reading some opinions saying that MB critics should chill out over this and look at the good news: Egypt just experienced a free election. I’ll put it this way: The country’s odds of ever experiencing another one just dropped dramatically.

Update: Gee, that was fast:

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian presidential election:
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“The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s Presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.