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MSM Blackout? Egyptians Enraged by U.S. Outreach to Muslim Brotherhood

They detest John McCain’s behavior, though you wouldn’t know that via U.S. media.

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Raymond Ibrahim

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August 9, 2013 - 8:24 am

In the eyes of tens of millions of Egyptians, Senators John McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s recent words and deeds in Egypt — which have the “blessing” of President Obama — have unequivocally proven that U.S. leadership is aligning with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian media is awash with stories of the growing anger regarding this policy.

A top advisor to Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour formally accused McCain of distorting facts to the benefit of the Brotherhood. He dismissed McCain’s recent remarks as “irrational” and “moronic.” Ahmed al-Zind, head of the Egyptian Judge Club, has called for the arrest and trial of McCain for “trying to destroy Egypt.” The leader of the youth movement Tamarod (meaning “Rebellion,” against the Brotherhood), which played a major role in mobilizing the June 30 revolution, said: “We reject John McCain and call on the international community to let the [Egyptian] people decide their own fate.”

Secular political commentator Ahmed Musa asserted:

These two men have made more shameless demands than the Brotherhood themselves would dare.

[McCain] is not a man elected by the American people to speak on their behalf; today, he speaks on behalf of an armed terrorist organization — the Muslim Brotherhood. …  We had expected [better] from these two men who came to speak with the tongue of the Brotherhood’s leadership, as if they had been recruited as two new leaders of the Brotherhood, which killed, destroyed, and burned in al-Muqattam, and now in Rab‘a al-Adawiya [the main Brotherhood militant camp]. The only thing missing is to see them in Rab‘a, surrounded by armed groups, and in their midst Muhammad Badie [supreme leader of the Brotherhood] and [U.S. Ambassador] Anne Patterson. That’s all that’s missing! Here comes Brother McCain today saying that we must “release the [Brotherhood] prisoners”.

Are you not aware that these people are accused of murder? Are you not aware that hundreds of Egyptians have been killed at the hands of the Brotherhood, Morsi, Shatter, Qatatni, Badie, Baltagi — have you forgotten? Did you not read the report on what happened? Or did you just blindly accept your ambassador’s words that it was a coup, that 33 million people did not go out?

What did McCain do and say in Egypt to earn the ire of millions of Egyptians?

Most offensive to Egyptians — and helpful to the Brotherhood’s cause — is McCain’s insistence on calling the June 30 revolution a “military coup.” In reality, the revolution consisted of perhaps thirty million Egyptians taking to the streets to oust the Brotherhood. McCain is either deliberately misconstruing the event, or believes the story as told by Al Jazeera and Ambassador Anne Patterson. In this narrative, at least an equal amount of Egyptians did support Morsi, and the military simply overthrew him against popular will. Al Jazeera has actually broadcast images of the millions of anti-Morsi protesters and identified them as pro-Morsi protesters, disinformation which was quickly adopted by Western media.

Several Al Jazeera correspondents have resigned due to Al Jazeera acting as the Brotherhood’s international mouthpiece.

Fortunately, some American officials have formally rejected the narrative. A new congressional resolution states:

Whereas in recent weeks, an estimated 30,000,000 Egyptians in a majority of Egypt’s 27 provinces gathered to protest the widespread failures of former President Mohamed Morsi and the Government of Egypt and its violations of the most basic rights of all Egyptian citizens, including Egyptian women, minorities, and those publicly dissenting from its views and policies; Whereas the participants in the June 30, 2013, popular protests far outnumbered those involved in the protests and demonstrations of January and February 2011 …

Even the Obama administration has been sensible enough not to call the June 30 revolution a “military coup.” Nevertheless, McCain rejected John Kerry’s statement that “the [Egyptian] military did not take over.”

McCain’s designation raises other questions as well. If he considers the ouster of the Brotherhood government to be a military coup, why didn’t he extend that distinction at the fall of Mubarak’s more moderate government, which was also removed by the military in response to popular protests? If McCain’s argument is that Morsi was democratically elected and Mubarak was not, then why was the U.S. giving Egypt billions in aid for decades? Did not this aid legitimize Mubarak’s government no less than Morsi’s?

Further angering Egyptians is McCain’s insistence that all arrested Brotherhood members and other Islamists be released from prison. As Musa said, McCain’s stance does not address that Brotherhood leadership is awaiting trial on serious charges: inciting terrorism, causing the murder of Egyptians, and grand treason by conspiring with foreign powers against Egypt’s interests.

McCain claims he is simply interested in the human rights of the incarcerated Brotherhood members, a statement that is additionally curious. If human rights are at issue, why has McCain and the U.S. administration been ambivalent regarding the fate of Hosni Mubarak? Morsi faces perhaps more serious charges than Mubarak does, yet McCain calls for his release.

McCain’s call to release Brotherhood leadership validates the widespread belief in Egypt that America is a fellow conspirator with the Brotherhood. Egyptians believe the U.S. fears that Morsi and others, if tried, would reveal the nature of their cozy relationship with the U.S. government. This is believed to mean any number of ugly revelations — treasonous ties and conspiracies, the exchange of billions of dollars, and Sinai issues. Hence, McCain wants them freed. This belief seems all the more reasonable to Egyptians considering that in 2011, McCain said of the Muslim Brotherhood:

I think they are a radical group that first of all supports Sharia law; that in itself is anti-democratic — at least as far as women are concerned. They have been involved with other terrorist organizations and I believe that they should be specifically excluded from any transition government.

Recently, McCain personally visited Khairat al-Shater, the multi-millionaire deputy chief of the Brotherhood who is currently incarcerated on charges of treason and terrorism. Interestingly, Shatter was not even a member of Morsi’s government. Why is McCain visiting a civilian? Shater’s status as a major figure in the largest Islamist organization in the world is leading Egyptians to connect the dots. Even Shater himself, perhaps understanding the awful visuals, asked to visit “the legitimate president” Morsi as well.

U.S. media has said little aboutthe administration’s ties to al-Shater, however these ties are well-known among Egyptians: ambassador Anne Patterson was frequently seen going to Shater’s residence.

Egyptian media has also pointed out that McCain repeatedly dodged critical questions by Egyptian journalists at a press conference. When asked about the fact that the Brotherhood in Rab‘a was armed to the teeth, and — with the aid of al-Qaeda — was killing and terrorizing innocent Egyptians, McCain ignored the question. (Similarly, McCain has not answered as to why he is supports the jihadist rebellion in Syria, which has seen the slaughter and displacement of thousands of Christians, beheadings, and “legitimized rapes” by foreign jihadis. McCain is in favor of arming them.)

Many Egyptians are also wondering why McCain — as well as the Obama administration — is pushing for elections as soon as possible.  Such a rush contributed to the empowerment of the Brotherhood in the first place: once the long-entrenched Mubarak was removed from power, the only party that was organized and ready to campaign was the Brotherhood. Secular Egyptian parties wanted to postpone the 2012 elections in order to mobilize their campaigns, but the U.S. was adamant that Egypt hold elections immediately. When the military wished to perform a recount, citing irregularities in the elections — including widespread allegations of voter fraud by the Brotherhood — Hillary Clinton chastised them and called for a winner to be declared as soon as possible. This turned out to be Morsi, by a tiny margin — if that.

McCain’s remarks and actions in Egypt have further confirmed the popular narrative — as memorably displayed by countless anti-Brotherhood and anti-Obama placards raised during the June 30 revolution — that U.S. leadership is aligned with the Brotherhood, and thus ultimately a supporter of terrorism. Americans can no longer afford to ignore this serious accusation with broad implications.

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum; and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

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There is a clear case to be made that McCain is guilty of treason. The post-9/11 authorization of force declared war on those who attacked us on 9/11. That was the Muslim Brotherhood . Al Qaeda is a Muslim Brotherhood subsidiary.

Of course McCain has a lot of company. Obama is a traitor, Clapper is a traitor, Jarrett is a traitor, virtually every member of Obama's foreign policy team is a traitor. All of them have worked systematically to promote the Brotherhood. They were perfectly explicit about it in the case of Egypt, and they have also followed a broader general policy of removing obstacles to the Brotherhood's ascension to power wherever they may be.

This transcends electoral politics. Treason is the one crime defined in the Constitution. All of these people could legitimately be impeached for high crimes. Note also that the traditional punishment for treason is death. All of these people are guilty of committing a death penalty crime, and through due process of law could properly be put to death for it.

That's not going to happen but it serves as a measure of how serious an evil these people are committing, and it isn't a case of siding with evil ally in order to defeat a worse enemy. The Muslim Brotherhood/ al Qaeda is THE enemy that we declared war on right after 9/11, and are still at war with to this day.
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Dear Egyptian people, if any of you are reading these blogs and comments:

Not only do American establishment officials want to meddle in the affairs of the Egyptian people, they also want to, and are, meddling in the affairs of the American people. We did not elect them to do either. And to compound the injury, our current admnistration (Obama), appears to be allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to interfere in American politics and policies.

Also, American officials seem to have a hard time understanding what a "coup" is -- just ask the Honduran people.

We wish we could get one-third of our own population out onto the streets like you did with yours, but our people are too busy going to the mall and watching reality shows populated by the worst kinds of people. What can I say?
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Speaking as a former Naval person, seeing these two at twin lecterns spouting jihadi talking points causes a strong physical reaction. I have to be optimistic about the future for the sake of my kids, but Lordy is it hard some days.
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Lindsey McCain and John Graham are non factors who are doing Obama's bidding. They are NOT the mainstream and the people of South Carolina should send LG packing in 2014 like the people of Arizona should have done in 2010 with McCain. I sure would like to see Conservative Nancy Mace put Lindsey Graham back in private life next year.
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What is the hidden agenda? Sending these two rinos to do the president's bidding? This smells!!
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"There is a clear case to be made that McCain is guilty of treason. "

Manchurian McCain.
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The comment section is messing up, this was meant as a reply to someone's post.
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It is not just present cast of "governing" characters. If one looks back, one find that almost any previous admin. was sympathetic to MB and similar outfits over there. Just few examples (in no particular order): Bush admin. whisking Bin-Laden kin out of the country, continuous forceful push to treat certain terrorism as law enforcement prob., 93 WTC treatment, Serbs bombing, killing neutered Quaddafi to promote local jihadis, tacit support for continuous attempts to build a victory mosque in NYC. Intensifying push to create destabilizing (and dysfunctional) n-th Arab state next to Israel after SU collapse, an almost criminal treatment of Shah,...etc. It looks like deference and sympathy to the MB's goals is endemic in both parties.
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"called for the arrest and trial of McCain for “trying to destroy Egypt."

Hell...all the Egyptians have to do is see how's he's destroyed AZ and now the US.

Indeed...the arrogant, dipstick, useless RINO has been riding his POW horse for way too long. Either he stays in Egypt and under arrest or we send his butt back to Hanoi along with Jane Fonda and john Kerry gets the keys to the cell.
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I completely agree with the Egyptians down the line. The people were blessed to have an army to secure them from the MB and McCain is despicable.
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Indeed, I am NOT an Egyptian but am more than duly enraged - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/09/egypts-strongman-general-el-sisi-gives-barack-hussein-obama-the-finger-if-only-pm-netanyahu-exerted-the-same-spine-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The above is more than efficacious, at least if one still is delusional enough to believe that the leader of the free world cares a whit about liberty and freedom.

EVEN Egypt's strongman knows better!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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Follow maybe, but he's already there in the infamy part.
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"Irrational" and 'moronic". That pretty much sums up John McCain. I understand Obama supporting the Brotherhood but I truly don't understand McCain supporting this radical group. Once again I am reaffirmed in my total loss of confidence in our so-call political leaders.
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That's because McCain and the Republican establishment are in the tank for the progressive cause just as much as the Democrats are.

The main difference between the parties is that the Dem's leadership is more or less in line with their base.
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Egyptians, as others have said, we find Obama and his friends support of Morsi (مرسى) and the Muslim Brotherhood (جماعة الإخوان المسلمين) to be outrageous. Most Americans do not support this, but they didn't ask us before meddling in your country. They say they are for pro-democratic principles, but when a majority of the Egyptian people demand a new government, they seem to forget what democratic means. "Demos" means "people, commoners" and "Kratos" means "power, might or rule" (Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon). I hope my Arabic is written right, I haven't studied it for ten or so years.
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You have to give the Egyptians credit here...which is exactly what the MSM refuses to say.

Every sign and banner denounces Obama and Patterson by name. NOT America in general.
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