Saturday, February 18, 2012

Brief Notes: What of Obama's Secret Meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood?


I honestly do not know what to make of it.

Ha'aretz reports that from as early as spring, 2009, Barack Obama held a secret meeting with Brotherhood members in Washington, DC, and that the meeting was kept from public scrutiny.

Furthermore, according to this Reuters' story from October, 2011:

U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt's biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.

This is something that needs to be further looked into, so if anyone can point me to additional material this would be greatly appreciated.

The only thing that I can say for sure is that if Barack Obama, or Obama administration officials, met with the Muslim Brotherhood in the spring of 2009 it suggests support for that organization. Furthermore, Obama's demand for Mubarak's resignation helped clear a path for the Brotherhood. This strongly indicates that the administration has quietly favored the Muslim Brotherhood all along.

Why would that be?

My guess is post-colonial ideology, not malice.

It's a dangerous naivete, and a willful ignorance of Jewish history and the history of radical Islam, combined with great power.



  1.  "The Obama administration has made what might be described as a “cosmic
    wager” on the Muslim Brotherhood’s peaceful intentions. By courting them
    in 2009, the United States helped legitimize their political
    aspirations; by refusing to come to Mubarak’s rescue during the Tahrir
    Square protests a year ago, the United States all but guaranteed that
    the Brotherhood would emerge as a dominant political force in a new
    Egypt.....Olivier Roy, a French expert on the Muslim world, argues that the
    Brotherhood will learn democracy by doing it: “Democratic culture does
    not precede democratic institutions; democratic culture is the
    internalization of these institutions,” he says. That, in essence, is
    the wager Obama has made. "

  2.  "Since the 1950s, the United States has secretly struck up alliances
    with the Brotherhood or its offshoots on issues as diverse as fighting
    communism and calming tensions among European Muslims. And if we look to
    history, we can see a familiar pattern: each time, US
    leaders have decided that the Brotherhood could be useful and tried to
    bend it to America’s goals, and each time, maybe not surprisingly, the
    only party that clearly has benefited has been the Brotherhood.

    How can Americans be unaware of this history? Credit a mixture of
    wishful thinking and a national obsession with secrecy, which has
    shrouded the US government’s extensive dealings with the Brotherhood....."

    Obama is continuing a long tradition it seems.

  3. Yeah, but this time the Brotherhood is not merely benefiting, but is taking over countries and Obama is helping them do it.