The Obama administration believes that the Muslim Brotherhood is an acceptable player in forming a new government in Egypt despite the fact that about a dozen very public quotes from the former and current leaders of the Brotherhood, which I provided in a PJ Media article last week, reveal the Brotherhood’s Salafi-jihadi worldview and support for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
These quotes are readily available to anyone who wants to take the time to look for them, but the Obama team’s acceptance of the Brotherhood is all the more mystifying due to the fact that the government’s own classified State Department cables document that Iran, our arch-enemy in the region, has been clandestinely supporting it as a proxy in Egypt.
This information is contained in a classified June 29, 2010, cable from the American Embassy in Cairo titled “General Petraeus’ Meeting With EGIS Chief Soliman,” in which General Petraeus, then the commander of Central Command, and Omar Soliman, then the chief of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, discussed this specific threat.
During the conversation, Soliman complained to Petraeus that:
- “Egypt suffers from Iranian interference through its Hezbollah and Hamas proxies, and its support for…the Muslim Brotherhood….We hope Iran will stop supporting Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and other cells.”
It should be noted here that Hamas, listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the U.S. government, is not an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is simply a violent chapter of the organization as proven by Article 2 of its own charter which states:
- “The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine.”
The Hamas charter and Iran’s use of the Brotherhood in Egypt as a proxy prove that it is a violent organization and that Iran is using it to destabilize Egypt. Given Iran’s operational style, it is only prudent to believe that our Middle Eastern nemesis is also providing clandestine support to Brotherhood chapters in Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere. Supplied with this information, it is difficult to grasp how President Obama thinks that the Brotherhood’s participation in forming a new Egyptian government is a good idea.
But our government’s own revelations about the dangers of the Brotherhood do not stop there. If the Obama administration needed any more proof that the Brotherhood poses a danger, it need look no further than a classified State Department cable titled “Scenesetter for Counterterrorism Coordinator Crumpton’s Visit to the UAE.” It written in 2006 by the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
In this cable, one of our most important allies in the region, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, felt it important enough to warn Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs C. David Welch of the “dangers of free elections in countries with a well-organized Muslim Brotherhood presence.”
Shedding light on how the Brotherhood threatens the security of the United Arab Emirates itself, the sheikh revealed just how precarious the situation is by stating that “if there were an election in Dubai tomorrow, the Muslim Brotherhood would take over.”