Just before the long holiday weekend there was something so interesting that developed it had to be pretty much buried by the MSM with wall-to-wall coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. Just in case you were parked on your sofa watching the trial, or slaving over a smokey grill poolside, you should know that the Obama administration has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
BUDAPEST – The United States will resume limited contacts with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed on Thursday, saying it was in Washington’s interests to deal with parties committed to non-violent politics.
While Clinton portrayed the administration’s decision as a continuation of an earlier policy, it reflects a subtle shift in that U.S. officials will be able to deal directly with officials of the Islamist movement who are not members of parliament.
The move, first reported by Reuters on Wednesday, is likely to upset Israel and its U.S. supporters who have deep misgivings about the Brotherhood, a group founded in 1928 that seeks to promote its conservative vision of Islam in society.
Under president Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally, the Brotherhood was formally banned, but since the ousting of the secular former general by a popular uprising in February, the Islamists are seen as a major force in forthcoming elections.
Only makes sense, seeing as the US has sorta kinda already been in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. Let’s just bring it officially out into the open, eh? And since Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and her boss Obama say it’s all good, the EU is also considering on outreach to the MB. Sounds to me as if the coming elections in Egypt, and their outcome, are already being planned for by both Western entities. Kumbaya…
Now remember, we have been assured the MB will have little, if any, real power in a new ‘democratic’ Egyptian government. Obviously the globally-minded MB in Egypt doesn’t believe that. And just as importantly, neither does Iran…
In Egypt, meanwhile, Tehran is trying to influence the outcomes of elections by tightening relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, the MI chief added.
As you would anticipate, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt ‘welcomes’ this new ‘outreach’ by the Obama administration. As MB spokesman Mohamed Saad el-Katatni puts it:
“We welcome such relationships with everyone because those relations will lead to clarifying our vision. But it won’t include or be based on any intervention in the internal affairs of the country … This relationship will clarify our general views and our opinion about different issues.”
Wow … sure sounds as if the Muslim Brotherhood already assumes it has power in Egypt. They are even working on a propagand– er, PR campaign, indirectly of course, to assure the Egyptian population it’s all good.
Oh, ummm, kumbaya…
One issue, in particular, the MB would like ‘clarified’ under this new ‘outreach’ is that pesky longstanding solid relationship the United States has had with Israel.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the weekend publicly announced the Obama Administration’s desire to reestablish ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood responded this week by thanking Clinton, and issuing its first demand of its new American friends: drop support for the “Zionist regime.”
In an email response quoted by Bloomberg, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan stated that if America wants solid relations with the group, it should “stop supporting the corrupt and tyrannical regimes, backing the Zionist occupation and using double standards.”
It is important to remember that when the Muslim Brotherhood speaks of the “Zionist occupation” it does not mean only the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank.”
The Muslim Brotherhood sees all of Israel as a cancerous growth that must be eradicated. The group supports returning Egypt to a state of war with Israel, and wants to see the entirety of the region become an Islamic Caliphate.
Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood for making peace with Israel.
The Muslim Brotherhood is today the most organized political force in Egypt, raising expectations that it will win control of the government when Egyptians go to the polls in September.
We know Israeli PM Benjamin Netenyahu has been less than enthusiastic about the Obama administration’s questionable loyalty, interloping, and dictating … in addition to the appeasing of Israel’s deadly enemies. After this latest development US anti-Semitism group the Simon Wiesenthal Center is strongly urging the Obama administration reconsider its recognition of and outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt…
“The political landscape in Egypt may have changed since the end of the (Hosni) Mubarak regime,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Jewish human rights group.
“But the Brotherhood’s hatred of Jews and Israel has not changed at all. This seems like a sell-out to the European position and I hope it is not a signal that the United States will acquiesce to Europe and begin talking to Hamas as well,” he continued, citing the conservative Palestinian rulers of the Gaza Strip.
But none of this should lead any American Jew to believe Obama is anti-Israel. As a matter of fact, that would be “pure crap”. Furthermore, Israel has “the most inbred, unimaginative government … it’s ever had.”
All this seems to have American Jews divided on Obama, however. The Republican Jewish Coalition sees Obama as a one-termer. But in a recent Gallup poll, while slipping a few points, as of June Obama still has a 60% approval rating with American Jews.
Frank J. Gaffney has some observations in this latest diplomacy between Obama, the State Department, and one of the world’s most strident grand jihad plans for the Free World:
It seems a safe bet that, as Team Obama legitimates Muslim Brotherhood organizations and groups overseas, it will feel ever less constrained about further empowering their counterparts in the United States. If so, the MB will come to exercise even greater influence over what our government does and does not do about the threat posed by shariah, both abroad and here.
The absolutely predictable effect will be to undermine U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East and further catalyze the Brotherhood’s campaign to insinuate shariah in the United States and, ultimately, to supplant the Constitution with Islamic law. Consequently, the Obama administration’s efforts to “engage” the Muslim Brotherhood are not just reckless. They are wholly incompatible with the President’s oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” and the similar commitment made by his subordinates.
These officials’ now-open embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood constitutes a geo-strategic tipping point, one that must catalyze an urgent national debate on this question: Does such conduct violate their oath of office by endangering the Constitution they have undertaken to uphold?
Kumbaya … “come by here”.
Cross-posted @ CW