Muslim Brotherhood Wields Big Influence in Obama Administration

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Many in the media are condemning  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other congressmen who sent a letter to the  State Department Deputy Inspector General, and the IGs of four other agencies,  calling for investigations into the possible infiltration by the Muslim  Brotherhood (MB) of the State Department and other agencies. What’s gotten the  most attention is the fact that the letter to the State Department singled out  Huma Abedin, the State Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff,  who has been a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton going all the  way back to her time as First Lady, during the Clinton administration. Abedin is  also the wife of the disgraced former congressman from New York, Anthony  Weiner.

This has caused quite a ruckus, with charges of McCarthyism hurled at Rep.  Bachmann, and a split among Republicans, including Senators John McCain and  Lindsey Graham, plus Speaker of the House John Boehner, who have sharply  criticized Bachmann and the letters she and the others have sent. The Left is  having a field day, the conservatives and Republicans are scrambling to contain  the issue.

But there is a bigger picture here. Should we care if indeed the Muslim  Brotherhood has gained a foothold throughout the Middle East, and if they wield  significant influence within the Obama administration? Or does that make us  Islamophobic? What shouldn’t get lost in all this are the policies of the Obama  administration that have helped facilitate the ascendency of the Muslim  Brotherhood, particularly in Egypt. Investor’s Business Daily has made it  abundantly clear that that is exactly what has taken place. In the editorial,  titled “How  Obama Engineered Mideast Radicalization,” they lay out the following  timeline:

2009: The Brotherhood’s spiritual leader – Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi – writes an  open letter to Obama arguing terrorism is a direct response to U.S. foreign  policy.

2009: Obama travels to Cairo to deliver apologetic speech to Muslims, and  infuriates the Mubarak regime by inviting banned Brotherhood leaders to attend.  Obama deliberately snubs Mubarak, who was neither present nor mentioned. He also  snubs Israel during the Mideast trip.

2009: Obama appoints a Brotherhood-tied Islamist – Rashad Hussain – as U.S.  envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which supports the  Brotherhood.

2010: State Department lifts visa ban on Tariq Ramadan, suspected terrorist  and Egyptian-born grandson of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

2010: Hussain meets with Ramadan at American-sponsored conference attended by  U.S. and Brotherhood officials.

2010: Hussain meets with the Brotherhood’s grand mufti in Egypt.

2010: Obama meets one-on-one with Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul  Gheit, who later remarks on Nile TV: “The American president told me in  confidence that he is a Muslim.”

2010: The Brotherhood’s supreme guide calls for jihad against the U.S.

2011: Qaradawi calls for “days of rage” against Mubarak and other pro-Western  regimes throughout Mideast.

2011: Riots erupt in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Crowds organized by the  Brotherhood demand Mubarak’s ouster, storm buildings.

2011: The White House fails to back longtime ally Mubarak, who flees  Cairo.

2011: White House sends intelligence czar James Clapper to Capitol Hill to  whitewash the Brotherhood’s extremism. Clapper testifies the group is moderate,  “largely secular.”

2011: Qaradawi, exiled from Egypt for 30 years, is given a hero’s welcome in  Tahrir Square, where he raises the banner of jihad.

2011: Through his State Department office, William Taylor – Clinton’s special  coordinator for Middle East transitions and a longtime associate of Brotherhood  apologists -gives Brotherhood and other Egyptian Islamists special training to  prepare for the post-Mubarak elections.

2011: The Brotherhood wins control of Egyptian parliament, vows to tear up  Egypt’s 30-year peace treaty with Israel and reestablishes ties with Hamas,  Hezbollah.

2011: Obama gives Mideast speech demanding Israel relinquish land to  Palestinians, while still refusing to visit Israel.

2011: Justice Department pulls plug on further prosecution of U.S.-based  Brotherhood front groups identified as collaborators in conspiracy to funnel  millions to Hamas.

2011: In a shocking first, the State Department formalizes ties with Egypt’s  Brotherhood, letting diplomats deal directly with Brotherhood party officials in  Cairo.

April 2012: The administration quietly releases $1.5 billion in foreign aid  to the new Egyptian regime.

June 2012: Morsi wins presidency amid widespread reports of electoral fraud  and voter intimidation by gun-toting Brotherhood thugs – including blockades of  entire streets to prevent Christians from going to the polls. The Obama  administration turns a blind eye, recognizes Morsi as victor.

June 2012: In a victory speech, Morsi vows to instate Shariah law, turning  Egypt into an Islamic theocracy, and also promises to free jailed terrorists. He  also demands Obama free World Trade Center terrorist and Brotherhood leader Omar  Abdel-Rahman, a.k.a. the Blind Sheik, from U.S. prison.

June 2012: State grants visa to banned Egyptian terrorist who joins a  delegation of Brotherhood officials from Egypt. They’re all invited to the White  House to meet with Obama’s deputy national security adviser, who listens to  their demands for the release of the Blind Sheik.

July 2012: Obama invites Morsi to visit the White House this September.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s sudden ascendancy in the Mideast didn’t happen  organically. It was helped along by a U.S. president sympathetic to its  interests over those of Israel and his own country.

This is what should be being debated, and investigated. Sure, some people  will take issue with certain of the characterizations in the IBD timeline. But  it is hard to deny the overall truth of it.

In March of 2011, in an AIM Report titled “Media  Playing Crucial Role in Middle East Uprisings,” I wrote that “Maybe in the  next presidential election, we will be debating ‘who lost Egypt.’ But  preferably, we’ll be debating instead whether a thriving and peaceful democracy  in Egypt should be credited to George Bush’s democracy agenda or to Barack  Obama, for wisely guiding the transition.”

At the time, the MB claimed they were not going to run a candidate for  president if Mubarak went away, but that turned out not to be true. While many  in the media tried to convince us back then what a moderate force the  Brotherhood was, it should be recalled that it is the oldest Islamist group,  “founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, who became a great admirer of  Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. Following an attempted assassination of Gamal  Abdel Nasser in 1954, the group was outlawed in Egypt.”

The man who was elected last year to head the MB in Egypt was Mohammed Badie.  Here is what he said in a sermon in 2010: “Arab and Muslim regimes are betraying  their people by failing to confront the Muslim’s real enemies-not only Israel,  but the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a  commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded. Governments have no right to  stop their people from fighting the U.S.”

The point is, the media are eager to use this story as another way to attack  the GOP. That’s what they do. But let’s see if they’ll show some intellectual  honesty and look also at the underlying issue: Should we care if the U.S.  government maintains close ties with the MB, both internally and externally, and  has supported their ascendancy in the Middle East?

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4 thoughts on “Muslim Brotherhood Wields Big Influence in Obama Administration

    Obama has them running in and out of the WH like they belong there.
    We have 54 politicians in D.C. receiving $ from CAIR and others.
    Then we have Romney pandering to them with a Plan to build a Charter School for Islamists. Huh!????

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