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While Cairo Burns, Obama Parties

Keith Koffler says the Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and -- Barack Obama.

As revolution threatened to sweep Egypt and possibly other allies -- with the horrifying prospect of Islamism replacing reliable friends -- Obama was on view partying with the IN crowd.

The skepticism beyond the Beltway about whether Washington is just one big Love-In certainly gets fed by the sight -- as conveyed by the press pool report -- of reporters like ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd, National Journal’s Major Garrett, and John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times emerging from a bash with Obama that was held to toast his chief political fixer and leading spinmeister.

I understand why reporters would do this -- other than the admittedly pathetic notion that, gosh, it’s fun to party with the big guy! It is pretty good for building sources and getting inside dope.  But man, it ain’t easy smacking the White House with tough stories all the time if you’re getting invited to their exclusive parties, now is it?

Also on hand were Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  The party was at the Washington residence of Linda Douglass, the former hard-hitting ABC reporter who dropped out of journalism to spin the health care bill out of the White House.  She’s now a VP at Atlantic Media.

So we have an official with a journalism outfit -- Atlantic Media -- hosting a party for the usurper and his consigliere.

Michelle stayed home.  Good for her.  Maybe she was monitoring the situation in Egypt.

It looks like Obama took the day off.  He spent the morning watching his daughter play basketball. 

The man does have his priorities.

Obama’s Egypt Position Is Becoming Ridiculous
Alana Goodman says the corner that the Obama administration has boxed itself into on Egypt is growing increasingly cramped and awkward by the hour.  As Leon Wieseltier noted at the New Republic website yesterday, the U.S.’s position is "strategically complicated: since Mubarak may fall, it cannot afford to alienate the protestors, but since the protestors may fail, it cannot afford to alienate Mubarak."

The end result is like watching a tight-rope walker swaying dangerously from one side to the other. It’s stomach-churning.  First, it looked like the administration would throw its full support behind Mubarak, with Vice President Biden asserting that the Egyptian leader was no dictator.  Then the U.S. position appeared to lurch sharply to the other side during Robert Gibbs’s Friday press conference, where he announced that Obama hadn’t even tried to contact Mubarak.  And then, just when it looked like the administration was about to tip to the side of the Egyptian people, Obama’s public address made it clear that he wasn’t ready to throw "President Mubarak" under the bus just yet.

The equivocation is becoming increasingly uncomfortable to watch.  Mainly because it’s so plainly obvious -- to both the people saying it and listening to it -- that it’s equivocation.

But now that the administration has set out on this strategic high-wire, it’s following it to the end.  On Fox News Sunday this morning, Hillary Clinton noted that the Egyptian people "have legitimate grievances and are seeking greater political freedom, a real path to democracy, and economic opportunity."

She then added that this democratic change could come about under the current regime.  "[W]e see a dialogue opening … that has the concrete steps for democratic and economic reform that President Mubarak himself said that he was going to pursue," she said.

From a logical standpoint, this is an impossible position.  You can’t support both the will of the people and Mubarak.  Yes, the people want democracy, political freedom, and economic reform.  But, more plainly, they don’t want Mubarak -- and they could not have made that more obvious over the past few days.

As Max wrote earlier, the Obama administration needs to make a decision.  The current balancing act isn’t fooling anybody.
Obama's 3 AM Moment
Nancy Morgan says one of the issues raised in the run-up to our last presidential election was the question, "Which candidate is best qualified to handle a '3 AM moment'?"  America now has a partial answer.  It isn't Barack Obama.

Last Friday was Day 4 of the ongoing uprising in Egypt, where tens of thousands Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.  As the situation reached a flash point, with a mounting death toll and Egyptian tanks in the streets of Cairo, Obama maintained his silence.  Well, not quite.  He did Twitter, by proxy.

Around noon Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a 22 word statement on Twitter: "Very concerned about violence in Egypt -- government must respect the rights of the Egyptian people & turn on social networking and internet."  The White House also informed the media that Obama had received a 40 minute briefing on the situation.  Phew!

After the U.S. markets tanked Friday, a full 4 days after the beginning of the Egyptian crisis, Obama finally addressed the nation.  As usual, Obama first absolved himself of any blame, stating that if only Egypt has instituted the reforms he had been suggesting for the last 2 years, the crisis could have been averted.  He then went on to make a bold statement about human rights, "...and the US will stand up for them -- everywhere."  Period.

By Saturday, the uprising in Egypt had spread to other countries, with waves of Arab protests in Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen.  Saturday night, Obama partied.  "The Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and Obama."

On Sunday, with the protests turning into a conflagration, the only word from the White House was that Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, was heading to Haiti to "mediate the political crisis."  That's right, Haiti.

Meanwhile, the only information available to Americans comes from talking heads and the few journalists not hung-over from Saturday's rollicking good time at the White House.  The only "official" information so far from the White House was Joe Biden's statement on Day 3 of the protests.  Joe said that President Hosni Mubarak should not step down.  He then proceeded to downplay the protests spreading across the Mid East as generally unconnected.

The world is left wondering what position America, the world's former superpower, will take.  The only stance our administration has taken to date is a generic plea for an end to the violence and the oft-repeated call for human rights.  Meanwhile, the world teeters on the brink as a global crisis with profound geopolitical implications for the U.S. continues to unfold.

Obama's 3 am moment has come.  And gone.  Obama was noticeably AWOL.  America is now officially bereft of leadership, at least until the latest polls come in.

Under Obama's leadership, the US has voluntarily ceded its authority as the world's super power.  After all, according to Obama, all countries and cultures are equal.  America's voice should be but one of many.  This is now becoming a reality.  Egypt continues to burn.  And Obama parties and Twitters by proxy.  Welcome to the new world order.
The Battle Of The Bridge
  
    
On several occasions, you can clearly see the water cannon vans indiscriminately running over people.

At 3:25 you can see that the march is being led by a cleric.

Beginning at 9:25, police lose finally control of the bridge, and a cleric leads a prayer on the captured side.

Democracy movements are rarely led by Islamic clerics.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to call for a peaceful and orderly transition.
Egypt Protests
The Telegraph (UK) is reporting that the American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning "regime change" for the past three years.

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations.

The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisian president Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled the country after widespread protests forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

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American government = Obama!
Obama Says Egyptian Transition "Must Begin Now"
Kara Rowland is reporting that Obama praised embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak‘s decision not to stand for re-election in September and urged the nation’s military to "ensure that this time of change is peaceful."

But even as Obama rejected any role for outsiders to determine Egypt‘s leaders, he laid out several conditions that he said a transitional government should meet.

"An orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now," he said in a brief statement from the White House just hours after Mubarak announced he would not run for reelection in September.  "The process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties.  It should lead to elections that are free and fair, and it should result in a government that is not only grounded in democratic principles but that is also responsive to the needs of the Egyptian people."

It’s not yet clear whether Mubarak‘s announcement will be enough to satisfy throngs of rowdy protesters in the nation’s streets.  But it’s surely welcome news for Obama and his team, who have struggled to grapple with the fast-moving crisis, which has forced them to balance competing objectives of backing a key Middle Eastern ally while staying true to principles of freedom and human rights.

Obama urged Mubarak not to seek another term, according to a report in the New York Times Tuesday.  Frank Wisner, a retired U.S. diplomat whom the White House dispatched to Cairo, personally delivered the message to the longtime ruler.

Obama, who spoke with Mubarak for about a half-hour Tuesday afternoon, said he "recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that a change must take place."

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Related:  Obama & Muslim Brotherhood Agree: Mubarak Must Begin To Transition Power Now
Obama Encourages Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt
Barack Obama may embolden the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in the Brotherhood’s effort to overthrown a pro-American dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, renowned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza tells Newsmax.TV (video at link).

Egypt’s political situation presents an irony for the United States, says D’Souza, president of The King’s College in New York City and author of the recent book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage."

"In Egypt, you have a democratic wave.  In some ways that seems to be what America has always wanted.  We stand for democracy," he says.  "Yet in Egypt, democracy may result in the rise to power of a group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the inventor and largest representative of Islamic radicalism."

So democracy might ironically result not only in an Egyptian government detrimental to Israel, but also to U.S. foreign policy, D’Souza says.
    

"This puts Obama in an interesting bind.  It’s not surprising that he’s been pretty coy, saying almost nothing.  I think he’s trying to decide how to come out on this."

    
In Obama’s view, the United States is a neo-colonial power occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, D’Souza says.  "He sees the Muslims fighting against America as freedom fighters.  This gives him a somewhat romanticized view of Islamic radicals."

As a result, Obama may not view the Muslim Brotherhood as a problem.

In his eyes, they may be "good guys trying to liberate Egypt from this horrible dictator Mubarak, supported by us, the rogue nation," D’Souza says.

"So Obama might encourage the democracy movement, not because he’s an idealist about democracy, but because he might approve of the overthrow of a pro-American dictator and a reduced footprint for America in that region."

Related:  U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government

Flashback:  Muslim Brotherhood to Attend Obama’s Speech in Cairo
Egypt’s Blood Is On Obama’s Hands
The Washington Times believes the White House is fanning flames of Islamic revolution, and Obama is signaling the Egyptian opposition that their time has come.  In a terse statement last night, Obama announced a "moment of transformation"  had arrived in Egypt, "the status quo is not sustainable" and a new government must begin to form "now."  An administration official later reiterated, "the key part of the statement was 'now.'"  Today the formerly peaceful protests in Egypt turned violent.  It turns out that words do have consequences.

Egypt is at a crossroads, a time of suspense when change could come gradually and peacefully, or quickly with maximum instability.  The White House has chosen to back the latter course, which will play into the hands of the best organized, most radical factions, which in this case is the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood.

The Obama administration is strangely adamant that Muslim religious parties have to play a key role in the new government, and U.S. officials reportedly are reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood behind the scenes.  White House wishes aside, an Islamist government is not in Egypt’s interest and certainly not in the interest of the United States.  The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to increase the influence of Shariah worldwide and reverse the progress Egypt has made in becoming a more Western, more secular state.  Its foreign policy was succinctly summed up by brotherhood leader Muhammad Ghannem, who said the Egyptian people should "be prepared for a war against Israel."  None of this will be good for America, the Mideast or the world.

On Tuesday, embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak acknowledged it was time for change and promised to step down in the autumn, a pledge intended to defuse the tension Obama seeks to ramp up.  The Egyptian Army, the best organized and most pro-Western force in the society, is for the moment siding with the established government.  With a transition period stretching into the fall, more opposition groups will have time to organize and more political parties would bring more choices for the Egyptian people, as well as more opportunities for the United States to influence events in a positive way.

Obama, however, is intent on throwing this opportunity away.  His administration doesn’t have a strategy, only preachy rhetoric.  Its actions will only inflame this delicate situation and give radical voices the upper hand.

Sen. Barack Obama showed no such inclination to support regime change during the George W. Bush administration.  Obama made no such call for change when Iranians took to the streets to protest against their hardline Islamist theocracy.  In the summer of 2009, when power was in the streets of Tehran, Obama chose to make only lukewarm statements about how Iran’s ayatollahs needed to listen more.  When it comes to a 30-year partner of the United States, a man who has helped keep peace in the region and been a durable ally in the war on terrorism, Obama is quick to toss Mubarak under the bus.

Pushing for immediate regime change in Egypt is not in American or Egyptian interests.  Cutting the legs out from an already tottering regime could easily lead to widespread violence.  If so, some of Egypt‘s blood will be on Obama’s hands.

Related:  Egypt official: White House demands contradictory
Obama Empowers Radical Islam
The Washington Times says Obama likely may have lost Egypt.  If he has, it will be one of the most dramatic and devastating foreign policy defeats for the United States in decades.  It also will be a significant victory for the forces of radical Islam -- a blow that threatens to undermine American interests across the Middle East.

The regime of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak is teetering on the brink.  He is a spent force.  He will be out of office by September, if not much sooner.  His son Gamal, who was groomed to be his successor, has fled to London.  The rampaging mobs in Cairo and Alexandria dominate the political landscape.  They represent the future, Mubarak the past.

The downfall of the Mubarak regime should come as no surprise.  He has led a corrupt police state for decades.  Egypt‘s political system is closed.  Its statist economy is sterile.  The security services imprison and murder dissidents.  Mubarak came to resemble an ancient Egyptian pharaoh: a power-hungry dictator insulated by the luxury and wealth of his lavish court palace.  As he grew fat and old, the people bristled under his harsh rule.

The authoritarian status quo was unsustainable.  Yet Washington’s foreign-policy establishment -- wedded to the illusion of "stability" -- propped up Mubarak‘s regime.  America has sent Egypt more than $1.2 billion in annual military aid.  Washington provided Mubarak with the weapons -- and support -- he needed to suppress political opposition and violate human rights.  The United States became an accessory to an unpopular, brutal dictatorship.  This is why the mobs on the streets of Cairo hate America.  We are paying the price for our pact with the devil.

Years ago, Washington should have encouraged civil society and political reform.  America could have fostered a secular democratic opposition.  Instead, by blindly backing Mubarak, the United States enabled the most militant, unified and organized Islamist party to take advantage of the growing discontent: the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is the Brotherhood‘s supporters who fill the ranks of the protesters.  The Muslim Brotherhood very likely will join a national unity government and eventually seize control.  Its goal is to erect a Sunni version of Iran‘s Shiite theocracy.  It champions the hatred of America, war with Israel and a global jihad against the West.  It supports Hamas in the Gaza Strip and other terrorist groups.  In short, the post-Mubarak regime most probably not only will be anti-Western but will have ties to al Qaeda and Iran‘s mullahs.

Egypt is not some strategic backwater; it is not Yemen, Tunisia or Jordan.  Rather, it is the cultural linchpin of the Arab world -- the France of the region.  For centuries, Egypt has been a trendsetter.  In literature, art, radio, cinema, industrialization, nationalism and mass politics, it was Egyptians who showed the way for other peoples of the Middle East.  If the land of the pharaohs should go Islamic, it will reverberate across the entire region.  The balance of power will tip irreversibly into the hands of Muslim hard-liners.

Obama is repeating the fatal mistake of President Carter in 1979.  Carter dithered about whether to back the shah in Iran.  Although a ruthless despot, the shah was a pro-American strategic ally.  Carter eventually withdrew U.S. support in the face of massive street protests, delivering Iran to the apocalyptic ayatollahs.  Iran‘s clerical rulers have proved to be much more murderous and repressive than the shah ever was.  Moreover, the Iranian regime is the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world.  It is a fanatical anti-American, anti-Semitic state that is on the verge of acquiring the nuclear bomb.  Carter‘s decision not only condemned the Iranian people to an Islamic fascist theocracy but allowed a mortal enemy of the West to seize power.

History is repeating itself.  By publicly standing with the demonstrators -- albeit belatedly -- Obama has betrayed a key U.S. partner whose collapse likely may usher in a gang of medieval Islamist butchers.  The cause of human rights and democracy will be set back even further under the Muslim Brotherhood -- buried under the corpses of religious cleansing.  After ignoring Egyptian secular-opposition activists for his entire presidency,  Obama now decides to throw in his lot with militant Muslims.  Administration officials already have reached out to top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss an orderly transition to power.

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The Next Mideast War
The Washington Times says Obama's policies are pushing volatile region to the brink.

The Obama administration is pressing a reset button to return the Middle East to the bad old days of open Arab-Israeli warfare.  Obama is requiring participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves are telling their countrymen to "prepare for war."  The current crisis in Egypt and Obama’s maladroit response are forcing strategists to consider conflict scenarios that had been mothballed since the 1970s.

The Camp David Accords have formed the bedrock of U.S. security policy in the Mideast region since they were signed in 1978.  The strategic logic behind the accords was that no coalition of Arab states could have a chance of waging a successful conventional conflict against Israel without including powerful Egypt.  Subtracting Cairo from the equation would mean no new Arab-Israeli wars.

The possibility now looms that Egypt could be back on the bad side of the ledger.  Rather than reaching out to progressive, secular, Western-oriented dissident groups, who are more sympathetic to the United States and not virulently anti-Israel, Obama is inexplicably placing his weight behind "important non-secular actors" such as the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood.  A new government dominated by these Islamic extremists would almost certainly seek another round of conflict.  The brothers have not only threatened war against Israel but also have a long term objective of "eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions."

If Egypt falls under the sway of this band of religious zealots, it will quickly move backwards culturally, economically and politically.  This revolution will empower and embolden radical Islamist groups seeking to destabilize other pro-Western regimes in the region.  Actively promoting the fortunes of the Islamist parties makes neither strategic nor moral sense.

The Obama team maintains that giving prominence to the religious parties will "give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner."  This is nonsense.  Empowering Islamists will promote regional instability and drive Egypt away from the United States and towards Iran, which is loudly promoting the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause.  One of the first items on the agenda of a new hard-line Islamist government will be to renounce the Camp David accords and the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.  Next will be to lift the Egyptian part of the Gaza embargo and open a channel for arms flowing to Hamas.  Iran will do its part by sending increased aid to Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria, and generally foment violence when possible.

Israel, the lone stable democracy and America’s most reliable ally in the Middle East, will then have openly hostile neighbors to the north and south, a weakened Jordan to the east, and uncertain support from the west.  Israeli leaders already are wondering whether the current occupant of the White House would rush to the aid of the Jewish State in time of war or simply make a few speeches deploring the violence but leaving Israel to fend for itself.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted the United States is "not advocating any specific outcome."  Some outcomes, however, are much worse than others.  One of the worst would be a new coalition of radicalized, Islamist, anti-Western states facing off with Israel and working against U.S. interests in the region.  Unlike previous such coalitions, this time they would be able to count on support from Iran, which may soon add nuclear weapons into the mix.

Obama is in over his head with this crisis and may end up helping dismantle the only positive and lasting achievement of Jimmy Carter’s administration.  The Obama team could not have better orchestrated a looming existential crisis for Israel and the Mideast if they had tried.
Egyptian VP Says There Will Be No Regime Change
Jim Hoft asks, is it any wonder then that the Obama Administration has alienated all sides in Egypt?
    

Last Tuesday the Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
On Wednesday they said about transitioning power "now means yesterday."
On Saturday morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.
On Saturday evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.
On Sunday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.
Monday the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.

    
And, on Tuesday, in another blow to the Obama administration, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman told reporters that there will be no regime change in Egypt, and that Mubarak is not planning on leaving office anytime soon.

Salon is reporting that Vice President Omar Suleiman warned Tuesday that "we can't put up with" continued protests in Tahrir for a long time, saying the crisis must be ended as soon as possible in a sharply worded sign of increasing regime impatience with 16 days of mass demonstrations.

Suleiman said there will be "no ending of the regime" and no immediate departure for President Hosni Mubarak, according to the state news agency MENA, reporting on a meeting between the vice president and the heads of state and independent newspapers.

He told them the regime wants dialogue to resolve protesters' demands for democratic reform, adding in a veiled warning, "We don't want to deal with Egyptian society with police tools."

At one point in the roundtable meeting, Suleiman warned that the alternative to dialogue "is that a coup happens, which would mean uncalculated and hasty steps, including lots of irrationalities.  We don't want to reach that point, to protect Egypt."

Pressed by the editors to explain the comment, he said he did not mean a military coup but that "a force that is unprepared for rule" could overturn state institutions, said Amr Khafagi, editor-in-chief of the privately-owned Shorouk daily, who attended the briefing.  "He doesn't mean it in the classical way."
I Am An Arab Warrior, Not A Community Organizer
Kathryn Jean Lopez says this is a huge lesson in political culture.  It also shows just how bad the media coverage has been.  Mubarak is not resigning.  He's managing the "reform" process.  He is appointing a committee to study constitutional changes. He will decide when there are elections.  He is going to "consider" changing the emergency law.  He basically said: I am an Arab warrior, not a community organizer.  That speech should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.

This is not over yet.  There has been no revolution so far, but the protesters are going to freak out.  If Obama has been interpreted as applauding real and major change, either he didn't know what Mubarak was going to say or he is going to look like a total fool.

When Mubarak said he won't accept outside advice, that was a direct slap at Obama.  Can you imagine the expression on Obama's face as he watched the speech after being told by his intelligence that Mubarak resigned?  After he made a speech about how the youth had forced change?  If I had to summarize it, tabloid-style, I'd say: "Mubarak to Obama: Drop Dead!"

The regime is not giving in -- Mubarak will leave office, perhaps in September, but the regime will fight on.  The speech was the equivalent of Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood saying: Come and get me!

Of course, we should not forget that this is a dictator refusing to step down.  Mubarak and the army knew that this would inflame the crowd.  The army would not have agreed to this unless it was willing to deal with the consequences.

In Bostonese, Mubarak told Obama to "take a Dudley."
World-Wide Islamists Attend Muslim Brotherhood Ceremony -- In Egypt
MEMRI blog is reporting that a ceremony to inaugurate the new Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo was attended by thousands of Islamist movement members and political activists from Egypt and across the world.

They included representatives of Al-Azhar, Egyptian political party leaders, Egyptian presidential candidates Amr Moussa and Hamdadin Sabahi, Hamas representative Amin Taha, and delegations from Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist movements in Jordan, Somalia, Malaysia, Sudan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Australia.

Expat Cairo adds, the ceremony was attended by officials from a Turkish Islamist party.

The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Mohamed Badie, who presided over the opening of the headquarters, said the group’s aim was "to have a civilian government with a reference to Islam."

And that reference is Sharia law.

But Obama's brain-dead Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told a congressional hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "secular" organization:
    

"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."

     
Badie?  The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood is named "Badie?"  Now, that's what I call truth in advertising.

Meanwhile, ousted dictator Mubarak, an evil bastard, but one who kept the lid on the Islamic crazies, is to be tried on charges related to the shooting deaths of protesters during the country's 18-day revolt.  The charges could carry the death penalty.
Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Legal
News.com is reporting that Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood political movement legal, ending a ban on the group that had been in place for decades.

The organization is one of the country's best organized political groups.  Egyptian state media announced the government's decision, which clears the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to field candidates in parliamentary elections set for September.

In May, the Brotherhood announced it had formed a new political entity called the Freedom and Justice Party.  A spokesman said the party would contest about half of the parliamentary seats in the upcoming election.

The Muslim Brotherhood ran its candidates as independents in previous parliamentary elections.  The group controlled about one-fifth of Egypt's lower house after 2005 elections but was virtually shut out of parliamentary elections last year.

Egyptian authorities, under former President Hosni Mubarak, arrested hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters ahead of that voting.

Egypt will have a Sharia-centric government before Obama leaves the White House.
Goal Is Islamic State
According to a report in Al-Masry Al-Youm, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists have formed an electoral coalition.  Their goal is making Egypt an Islamic State.

Pamela Geller asks, who is surprised by this?  Who is surprised by Obama's colossal failure to use American hegemony, power, money and influence to effect a different outcome.  Instead he supported the Brotherhood from the very first.  The Muslim countries under revolt are secular regimes that outlawed religious parties.  You think Mubarak was bad?  Next to what is coming, he was Mother Teresa.

Back in February, top members of the Egyptian government said they felt betrayed by Obama, charging that he is acting against American interests.  Such subterfuge is without peer.  It wasn't hard to know.  I called it from day one.

When America elected a hostile agitator to the most powerful office in the world, we inflicted not just America with this danger, but the free world.

What fresh hell awaits the US troops Obama intends to put on the ground in Libya (without the sanction of the Congress or the American people) fighting alongside al-Qaeda and devout jihadis?  This is madness, people.

And where are the media lapdogs for Islamic supremacists?  Democracy!  Freedom!  Annihilation!  Gender apartheid!  Where's their 24/7 coverage of these events?

Related:  Christian girl being sexually abused to make her convert to Islam in Egypt (Warning: graphic)

Can't be right.  Obama's Director of National Intelligence told everybody that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "mostly secular organization."
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