The Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt after their candidate – Mohamed Morsi – was declared the winner of recent Presidential Elections there. The Brotherhood’s rise to power follows the deposing of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with the help and support of the Barack Obama Administration. Shouts of “Allahu Akbar” filled Egypt’s Tahrir Square once the decision was announced. Now, of course, those who said the Brotherhood would never even field a candidate are saying there is no need to fear the radical Muslim group because the military is in firm control of Egypt in many ways. No worries.
Remember this? I can’t resist posting it again. It is video of Niall Ferguson just destroying Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy, particularly related to his decision to throw Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack under the bus in support of the “Arab Spring.” This is Ferguson on February 14, 2011 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he totally burst the bubble of the crew who were still basking in the glow of what they believed was the second American Revolution. Ferguson was eerily prophetic, pointing out that Obama had essentially opened the door for the radical Islamic “Muslim Brotherhood” to take power in Egypt, and said if that happens, you will be looking at something akin to what happened in “1979″ when Iran fell to the radical Islamists when Jimmy Carter was President.
In early 2011, the media was hailing Obama for the “success” of the Arab Spring, and claimed there was no chance the “Muslim Brotherhood” would take power, because they said they were not a political party and would not have a Presidential Candidate. And if they did, there was nothing to fear because they are secular.
But now the Muslim Brotherhood just won the Egyptian Election and they are clearly an Islamist Party. Today, as well as in early 2011, Rush Limbaugh – like Ferguson – was warning we were looking at Barack Obama being another Jimmy Carter and Egypt falling under radical Islamist control as Iran did. Be sure and watch this video. It’s a classic as Ferguson just destroys the Left and Obama’s Foreign Policy even as they desperately tried to claim the “Arab Spring” was a great victory.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh reminds listeners he predicted in early 2011 that the vaunted “Arab Spring” supported by Barack Obama would turn into the fall of Egypt to Islamic Radicals just as Jimmy Carter lost Iran to the radicals in 1979. With the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, that has now come to pass, despite what everything the liberals were saying in early 2011.
Remember Professor Niall Ferguson destroying Obama’s Foreign Policy in February 2011 and predicting the takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood?
Here is a video report on the decision by the Obama Administration to grant Egypt’s “Muslim Brotherhood” White House meetings this week. The Muslim Brotherhood was assisted greatly by Obama last year in pushing longtime Dictator Hosni Mubarak from power. They promised then they would not try to seize power, but are now explicitly violating their promise not to run a Presidential Candidate in this June’s election. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to impose Sharia Law in Egypt, and they want to throw out the peace treaty with Israel.
Why in the world Obama would choose to grant them White House meetings rather than simply talk with them via the U.S. Ambassador and through State Department channels is beyond me. The Muslim Brotherhood will make hay back home with their victory of being invited to the White House. While the Obama Administration officially claims to support the more moderate candidate in the Election, their actions just gave more legitimacy to the candidate who would place Egypt under the rule of Islamic Sharia Law.
Remember that glorious “Arab Spring” that the Obama Administration and a fawning media promoted last year? Well, here is coming to pass what many said would happen all along when Obama threw longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus in Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood is going to run a candidate for President there. They describe themselves as “Islamists,” and now many in Egypt fear they are determined to officially seize power there. So, the Arab Spring is likely to produce an even more repressive regime in Egypt, and one that is an enemy of the United States.
More of Barack Obama’s “Change you can believe in.”
Here is video from “Hannity” last night on news that President Barack Obama’s Administration intends to circumvent Congress and give $1.5 Billion to Egypt’s new ruling “Muslim Brotherhood.” Congress blocked giving the aid money to Egypt, due to concerns about the anti-democracy movement now gripping the country.” Secretary of State is reportedly going to certify that Egypt is meeting its obligations under the peace treaty with Israel as justification for handing the money over to them.
Hannity talked to Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim, who says this money will be used by the Muslim Brotherhood – which now controls 70% of the Egyptian Parliament – “to put into place a Sharia State, an Islamic State.”
Greta Van Susteren has posted on her GretaWire the following headline:
She is referring to a New York Times article that indicates what many feared all along would happen in Egypt with the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, is indeed happening: The Muslim Brotherhood is rising to power. Making matters much worse, it appears they have forged an alliance with the Egyptian Military:
NEW YORK TIMES: In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.
It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.
As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified it.
“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.” . . . Read More
“Independent journalist James O’Keefe has released the latest in his series of undercover investigative videos. In this production, Senior VP of Development of the NPR Foundation, Ron Schiller, is shown discussing a potential donation from a phony Muslim Brotherhood front group set-up by O’Keefe’s team. While discussing the importance of NPR, Mr. Schiller expresses his views on conservatives, the Tea Party, Republicans, Zionist and much more.”
Former President Jimmy Carter says the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is “not anything to be afraid of.” He says this right after acknowledging that the Brotherhood has ties to the terror organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
Via The Blaze
NY Times: CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed Islamic group that has long constituted Egypt’s main political opposition, said Tuesday that it would apply to become an official political party as soon as the necessary changes were made to the Egyptian Constitution.
The current Constitution bars any political party based on a religious identity, a provision that precluded the Brotherhood from forming a legally recognized party.
In a sign of the Brotherhood’s increasing official legitimacy, the military government said Tuesday that a panel of experts drawing up changes to the Constitution over the next 10 days would include one member from the banned group.
The Brotherhood strongly reaffirmed its commitment to rejoining the political process, saying in a statement released Tuesday on its Web site that it “envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of color, creed, political trend or religion.”
The constitutional amendments to be drawn up in the coming days are widely expected to include broadening the terms of eligibility for political participation, including allowing the Brotherhood to compete under its own name as a party…Read More
Here is a realistic view on the state of things in Egypt.
It comes from Niall Ferguson – Professor of History at Harvard University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University – who appeared on Morning Joe yesterday and just burst the bubble of the sycophant Obama supporters who have been hailing Obama for producing the 2nd American Revolution in Egypt! He just destroyed Obama and his lack of of coherent Foreign Policy every way possible. You just have to watch it to believe it. By about the 7:30 mark of the video, all the air was out of the room for the Morning Joe crew who had just about run out of things to try and counter him with. They were completely shell-shocked.
Here is how Ferguson sums things up pretty well:
“I think the execution during the crisis was ‘flip followed by flop followed by flip.’ . . . . It was a shambles. . . . . Right now we have a six-month period of military rule. Right now, we have as far as I can see, virtually no organization on the part of secular democrats. The only organized opposition force in Egyptian politics right now is the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, if you look closely at what the Muslim Brotherhood stands for, it is the imposition and enforcement of Sharia Law and the restoration of the Caliphate. Anybody who counts this as a major breakthrough for United States Foreign Policy hasn’t got a clue about what happens in the wake of a revolution like this. It’s far too early to say this is a triumph. On the contrary, the risks are extremely high that between now and the end of the year, the Muslim Brotherhood will get into power, and then we will be staring at something in its magnitude to 1979 in Iran. . . . . .
President Obama is one of the least experienced men in terms of Foreign Policy to ever occupy the White House. And yet, he has advisers around him who are, frankly, second, if not third-rate. . . . . Some of us said this when he ran for election that it was a huge risk to put somebody with that kind of inexperience into a position like Commander-in-Chief of the United States. I think what we’re seeing unfold in Egypt reveals the truth of that statement. . . . .
I do think the President regards making touchy-feely speeches as a substitute for having a strategy, and I want to emphasize the risks that are currently being run in that region. If you look at history – and I’m a historian – most revolutions lead not to happy-clappy democracies, but to periods of internal turmoil, often to periods of terror, and they also lead to external aggression, because the simplest way to mobilize people in a relatively poor, and not very well educated country like Egypt, is to point to the alleged enemy within, and then of course to the enemy abroad. . . . .
As far as I can see, Obama’s strategic concept is, ‘I’m not George W. Bush – love me.’ . . . .
Remember what was said incidentally in that Cairo Speech going back to 2009. Mr. Obama said that in his view, ‘Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.’ Well, we’ll just see how peaceful and tolerant the Muslim Brotherhood is if it is successful in getting into power in the months ahead. I think those words will come back to haunt Mr. Obama.”
There’s not much else to add to that.
NOTE: I have corrected Ferguson’s first name. I spelled it “Neil” originally, when it should be “Niall.” Be sure and read Ferguson’s Newsweek piece on Obama and the situation in Egypt.
Now that the Egyptian Military is in control of the country, they are calling on Democracy Protesters to end their strikes and protests and go home.
The Military says they are only caretakers until free elections can take place in Egypt later this year. What remains to be seen is whether the military will really relinquish power by allowing truly free elections, or whether the elections will be manipulated by intimidation to produce a pre-determined outcome with a military leader becoming the new “President” of Egypt. Undoubtedly, the Muslim Brotherhood is also at work to back a candidate who will do their bidding if he wins. While many prematurely celebrate “freedom” in Egypt, we would do well to remember that in the Middle East and Asia, nothing is ever what it appears to be.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper refers to the Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.”
Politico: During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement “largely secular.”
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” Clapper said.
The Brotherhood uses the slogan, “Islam is the answer,” and generally advocates for government in accordance with Islamic principles. The movement has as a broad goal unifying what it perceives as Muslim lands, from Spain to Indonesia, as a “caliphate.” (Read More)
Of course there’s nothing to worry about with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. They are peaceful and reasonable now.
Sure they are.
Via Gateway Pundit, here’s the sobering reality:
GATEWAY PUNDIT: Kamal al-Halbavi, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, expressed gratitude to Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei for his support of the revolution. Al-Halvavi said he hoped that Egypt would have a “a good government, like the Iranian government, and a good president like Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is very brave.” . . . Read More at Gateway Pundit
On Fox and Friends, Dick Armey responds to Chris Matthews’ comparison of the Tea Party to the Muslim Brotherhood. Armey said he is “sad” for Matthews, who “seems to be slipping out of touch with reality.”
“I’m kind of sad for Chris. This is the kind of uninformed pejorative that he’s been guilty of repeatedly in recent years. I don’t know whether it’s his age or what, but he just seems to be slipping out of touch with reality.”