In yet another example of the joke that is President Barack Hussein Obama, on April 5, he gave $1.5 billion of money we don’t have to Egypt, whose government is now controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged that the Obama administration met with the MB, then said, “Anyone who has paid any attention to the revolution developments in Egypt knows that the Muslim Brotherhood will be a major player.”
So, let’s see what $1.5 billion buys. As it turns out, not much, unless your last name is Obama. This is the same MB that views the United States as an enemy to be destroyed, which is why it was US policy to avoid formal contacts with the MB until recently.
But Obama, from his first days in office, has embraced the MB. The MB leaders were invited to attend Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, despite the MB’s status as a banned organization under Egyptian law at the time. Further, it has been invited to advise the Obama administration policymakers, despite its well known record of championing violent jihadists and repressive sharia. Obama’s administration officials have absurdly portrayed the MB as “secular” and “moderate,” although the organization has never retreated an inch from its professed mission to establish Islam’s global hegemony. Obama has overlooked the MB’s overt ties to Hamas, which self-identifies as the Ikhwan‘s Palestinian branch, and is formally designated a terrorist organization under American law.
The Obama administration hailed the MB’s triumph in post-Mubarak legislative elections and made a point of abandoning the policy against formal MB contacts, though it simultaneously claimed that this “outreach” broke no new ground. Incidentally, Mubarak was viewed as recently as 2011 as a US ally. On April 3, the House Democracy Partnership met with Khairat el-Shater, the MB’s new presidential candidate in Egypt’s 2012 presidential race. el-Shater’s candidacy reneges on MB’s prior commitments not to run anyone for president. So much for the MB veracity and credibility.
Anyway, the Obama administration is alarmed by the rise of a charismatic but extreme Salafist party member, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who is presently in second place in the polls. el-Shater could overtake Ismail and lead Egypt in the Brotherhood’s more pragmatic direction. Let’s see, is this the same bunch that casts aspersions upon US polls? Perhaps they see that Egypt’s polling is much superior to ours. Ismail the extremist is actually an MB guy whose father was a popular Islamist and he has already run for office twice as an MB candidate. The MB and Salafists disagree on the pace of change, not on the direction.
Now let’s turn our attention to Khairat el-Shater. The New York Times reports that el-Shater embodies, “The Brotherhood’s pragmatic focus on stable relations with the United States and Israel and free-market economics.” But what is most pragmatic about el-Shader and the MB is their understanding of Western opinion elites: gullible and desperate to believe Middle Eastern Islam is unthreatening. The MB’s stated agenda is to destabilize the United States and destroy Israel. The MB goal is to end the Western model of free-market economics and impose sharia economics, whose totalitarian elements may have some allure for the Obama left but which few Americans would regard as free.
el-Shater is the MB’s “Deputy Guide.” He has been tasked with the Nahda Project, the Islamic Renaissance or Rise. He is also said to be a major supporter of Hamas. In Alexandria, Egypt, in 2011, el-Shater delivered a lecture about the Nahda Project. Among other things, he said, ”You all know that our main and overall mission as MB is to empower God’s religion on earth, to organize our life and the lives of the people on the basis of Islam, to establish the Nahda of the Ummah and its civilization on the basis of Islam, and to subjugate people to God on earth.” Egyptian clerics said el-Shater pledged to them that he would introduce Sharia, or Islamic law, if he is elected in May. el-Shater was emphatic that the MB’s principles and goals never change. The only thing that changes are the tactics by which they are pursued.
It was two years into Obama’s term that MB Supreme Guide Muhammad Badi reminding Muslims of “Allah’s commandment to wage jihad for His sake with [their] money and lives, so that Allah’s word will reign supreme and the infidels’ word will be inferior.” This is the same MB, the rabidly anti-American organization Obama has courted for nearly four years and to whom he just decided to give $1.5 billion more American taxpayer dollars.
Is Obama going to “reset” relations with Egypt since he has had so much success with Russia?
This is the man that you Kool-Aid drinkers continue to defend and want to re-elect in November, 2012.
But that’s just my opinion.