Strange Bedfellows – White House and Muslim Brotherhood

“Two and a half years ago, who would ever have thought that the United States would enter an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood? There were hints in President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech, yet now it is clear that this is the new basis for regional security sought by the Obama Administration.”
– Barry Rubin, The Rubin Report

The recent White House meeting between administration officials and Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah highlighted the disturbing trend in U.S. middle east policy.  The following from  The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch is a “must read” to fully understand the significance:

ANALYSIS: A Black Day For The GMBDW; The Obama Administration Courting Of Youssef Qaradawi

By gmbwatch, June 27, 2013

On September 12 2001, the day we started our efforts to understand and monitor the Global Muslim Brotherhood, we could never in our darkest imagination have possibly considered that the White House of the United States  would be used to host a meeting with a close associate of Global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. In those days, we naively thought that exposing the Brotherhood’s profound and enduring ties to terrorism, religious hatred, and anti-Americanism would be sufficient to forever bar its consideration as any kind of partner for those who care about human rights and liberal democracy. Yet, as we posted earlier, we woke up yesterday to discover that Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, a close associate of Qaradawi, had recently visited the White House, possibly carrying a letter from Qaradawi, where he met with senior White House officials and representatives of other government agencies including an aide to President Obama and US OIC Envoy Rashad Hussain. How exactly had things progressed so far that the White House was meeting with a representative of an organization that once called for attacks on US troops in Iraq and whose leader has spewed forth vile anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism, not to mention sitting together on a board with a Saudi who in turn is close to groups supporting both Hamas and Al Qaeda? Although the meeting at the White House with Sheikh Bin Bayyah was a shock, even to us, in retrospect it should not have been given that everything the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch and its predecessor publication has reported over the years.

While space and time unfortunately do not permit a complete analysis of how these things have come to pass, it is instructive to note that the Obama Administration’s policy toward the Global Muslim Brotherhood has evolved over two distinct, but related tracks. Israeli analyst Barry Rubin has adroitly summarized the foreign policy track, a US alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood which he labels the “Obama Doctrine” …

Full Article:


COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The last two U.S. administrations have maintained a domestic policy of courting various Islamic special interest groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), based on some idealistic view that inclusion would benefit national security.  We are now seeing how it has most likely led to influencing foreign policy decisions.    

History has repeatedly shown that  coddling one’s enemies simply strengthens and emboldens said enemies.


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