The Washington Post
August 4, 2013
In his first interview since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi
last month, Egypt’s commanding general sharply criticized the U.S.
response, accusing the Obama administration of disregarding the Egyptian
popular will and of providing insufficient support amid threats of a
“You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and
they won’t forget that,” said an indignant Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi,
speaking of the U.S. government. “Now you want to continue turning your
backs on Egyptians?”
Sissi is widely considered the most powerful man in Egypt, wielding
more control than anyone over the country’s direction after a tumultuous
21 / 2 years in which the military has shoved aside two presidents
following popular uprisings. He denied interest in running for president
but did not rule it out.