Kerry Ignores Iran’s Repression, Terror Support; Tells Egypt to End ‘Repression’ of Muslim Brotherhood
By Bob Bennett
While Obama and Kerry desperately labored to ink a nuclear pact with Iran, mention of Iran and Hezbollah was inexplicably omitted from this year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Communities, to help make Iran seem more of a normal nation, like Belgium, maybe.
Catherine Herridge reported on Fox’s “On the Record,” March 17, 2015: “The office of National Intelligence Director James Clapper cite[d] a change in formatting as a reason for this removal.”
Former U.S. ambassador John Bolton remarked, “It’s a flat lie […] the people who would say this is a format change are weasels.” It might be more fitting to call Clapper a liar, who was betraying his nation.
This is oddly reminiscent of a similar Clapper whitewash, back in 2011, when he told Rep. Sue Myrick, (R-NC) that the Muslim Brotherhood was … “largely secular,” and had “eschewed violence.” He delivered that whopper before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Secular” is a peculiar term to use, for an organization whose motto is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”—The Investigative Project on Terrorism (ITP).
This was February 10, 2011—when protests by millions, demanding Egypt’s President Mubarak step down, were at their height. His exit was clearly imminent. The purpose of the hearing was to protect America’s interests in Egypt, longtime ally and the keystone nation in the Arab Middle East. In fact, the very next day it would be announced that Mubarak had resigned, and the military would rule until elections could be held.
“I’m concerned that the Muslim Brotherhood is using peaceful protests in Egypt for a power grab, and our government doesn’t seem to grasp their threat,” Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., told the committee. “The danger of the Muslim Brotherhood is not just encouraging terrorism through their ideology, but also trying to take over government, so everyone has to succumb and live under their ideology.”
In fact, the DOJ had known since 2004 that the Brotherhood had just such a strategy for America. ITP:
“In a 1991 document called the Explanatory Memorandum,” the Brotherhood outlined its plan to ‘destroy the Western civilization from within’ and create an Islamic state in the United States….The memo also listed 29 organizations working in the United States to further the Brotherhood’s goals.”
It had been seized in 2004 by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, along with a vast trove of MB documents in a hidden Maryland sub-basement. In a story worthy of a movie plot, the Center for Security Policy says it comprised “80 banker boxes of the archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America.” DOJ subsequently placed it into evidence in the 2007 Holy Land trial. The Holder DOJ later shut down prosecution of co-conspirators named in that trial.
CSP states the Memorandum was written “by a member of the Board of Directors for the MB in North America and senior Hamas leader Mohammed Akram [it was] approved by the Brotherhood’s Shura Council and Organizational Conference.”
Knowing all of this; what could Clapper’s intent have been, for feeding the Committee such an obvious load of bull dung? It’s apparent that the Obama Administration was trying to render the Brotherhood acceptable to America as the new regime they would be dealing with in Egypt, much as it is doing now, with Iran.
Notably, on February 2, 2011 Obama, speaking to White House reporters, had called for “a fully representative democracy” in Egypt, saying that “The process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties,” and that “It should lead to elections that are free and fair.” [Emphasis mine.]
Pushing for “democracy” in Middle Eastern countries sounded noble, but was actually code for giving the highly organized Muslim Brotherhood an opening to take over, under a sham mandate from the people. The phrase, “a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties” clearly alludes to the Brotherhood, outlawed under Mubarak.
It’s curious that then-Senator John Kerry’s was one of the loudest voices demanding Mubarak’s ouster. Obama played the cooler, wise-counselor role, but ultimately did call for Mubarak to step down.
The Investigative Project notes, “Mubarak has repeatedly said his administration, in place since 1981, is the one thing keeping an Islamic state led by the Brotherhood from taking over Egypt.” So Obama and Kerry calling for his resignation could be expected to produce such a takeover.
According to Eric Trager, an expert on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Morsi was considered “an icon of the extremists in the Muslim Brotherhood.”
He was elected president on June 24, 2012; but it wasn’t so free and fair. Dr. Michael Youssef, an Egyptian-born Christian, leader of the 3000-member Church of the Apostles in Atlanta and author of 29 books, writes of election fraud—allegedly involving our ambassador—and Brotherhood thugs taking over many polling places to gently guide Christians away from the polls. At gunpoint.
Behold the Islamist “democracy” Egyptians received from their new President:
“Immediately after taking office, Morsi began replacing moderate Muslim professionals … with Brotherhood cronies with no knowledge of how to govern.
“During the ensuing twelve months, the economy tanked, poverty rose to an all-time high, and the Brotherhood’s business brokers took all incoming foreign money…and distributed most of it among themselves.
“Morsi would not allow the police or the court to prosecute known Jihadists in the country…when 3000 Jihadists from Afghanistan and Libya made their home base in the Sinai Desert, he told the Egyptian Army not to interfere with them in spite of the[ir] repeated attacks and killings of Egyptian soldiers …”
Those Jihadists in the Sinai are today a major problem for Egypt, and they are coordinating with ISIS.
Trager writes that Morsi’s “November 2012 constitutional declaration, which put his own edicts above judicial scrutiny, and his subsequent ramming of an Islamist constitution through to ratification, shrunk his support in a country of 85 million people down to the Brotherhood’s base of approximately 500,000 members.”
The “Brotherhood’s decision to dispatch its cadres to brutally attack and torture protesters outside the presidential palace on December 5 led many Egyptians to view the Brotherhood…as an emerging fascist regime.” Frequent protests ensued, featuring banners accusing Obama of supporting terrorism.
After a petition signed by 22 million people was ignored, 30 million took to the streets on July 1, 2013, in history’s largest protest. That impelled Egypt’s military, under Al-Sisi, to remove Morsi from power. A statement on the military’s Facebook site declared: “We swear that we will sacrifice our lives and our blood for Egypt against every terrorist, extremist or fool. Long live Egypt.”
The White House responded by dispatching Senators McCain and Graham to Egypt to press for the release of Brotherhood figures and speedy…democratic elections. Their reception was less-than enthusiastic.
Sisi was overwhelmingly elected president on Jun 3, 2014. He outlawed the Brotherhood and has since prosecuted an all-out war against it, imprisoning many MB adherents.
As president, Sisi has taken unprecedented steps to normalize Egypt:
On New Year’s Day, Sisi called for a reformation of Islam, in a speech before leading Imams at Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university. Here at last, was a Muslim leader calling for reform of Islam.
Six days later (Coptic Christmas is January 7th) he attended Christmas mass, at Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral—the first Egyptian president to do so—in a country where violence against Christians had been endemic.
After witnessing these events, and having seen the Muslim Brotherhood’s effect on Egypt, while in power—not to mention its stated plan for the conquest of America—any sane American government would ecstatically embrace the new regime.
But the Obama Administration is not a sane government. Their response, later that month, was for the State Department to “host a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders,” reported the Washington Free Beacon, “about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.” The Egyptians were understandably outraged. Thus encouraged, the Brotherhood immediately announced an all-out jihad in Egypt.
Fast forward to the present. In spite of the ongoing battle with the jihadi movement, Egypt has just celebrated a widening of the Suez Canal, allowing two-way traffic—completed on the one-year deadline set by Sisi. The project, financed by a bond issue snapped up by the Egyptian people, will pay for itself in about a year: it promises to bring in an additional $7.9 billion annually.
Secretary of State John Kerry has just negotiated a deal with Iran leaving it free to develop a nuclear weapon and free to continue its support of terror. It has explicitly declared that nothing will change: Iran will remain the number-one sponsor of terror. And the release of 150 billion dollars in sanctioned funds will help finance that terror.
Iran is not exactly a country where freedom rings, either. Human Rights Watch said:
“In 2014 Iran had the second highest number of executions in the world after China, and executed the largest number of juvenile offenders. The country remains one of the biggest jailers in the world of journalists, bloggers, and social media activists.”
Did Kerry insist Iran liberalize its society, cut the executions and medieval punishments? No. Kerry turned his attention from Iran, our enemy for 36 years, to a country that has been our ally for even longer: Egypt. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that:
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt’s leadership to move forward with political reform as part of a strategy to combat religious extremism, citing parliamentary elections this fall as an important test for the Arab country.”
Could the Obama Administration be trying, once again, to resurrect the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? This quote leaves little doubt that it is:
“[Foreign Minister] Shoukry stressed at a joint news briefing with Mr. Kerry that Cairo would continue its crackdown on the Brotherhood and its affiliates. “The MBs are the fountain of all these radical and extremist ideologies,” the Egyptian diplomat said.
“Mr. Kerry countered that suppressing large segments of the Egyptian population wasn’t a formula for stability in the country.” What else could we expect from an administration that has appointed MB-associated figures to high positions in DHS?
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.