President Obama won’t meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the State Department had no problem welcoming an envoy from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood last week.
The Brotherhood, considered a terrorist organization in major Middle Eastern countries, is trying to gain support for overthrowing Egypt’s current leadership — and was in Washington last week to curry favor with Obama’s State Department to do exactly that.
Whose side are we on anyway?
Fox News “Cashin’ In” panelist Jonathan Hoenig wondered Saturday if the president can even define the word, “ally.”
Fellow panelist Wayne Rogers sought to give Obama some cover, suggesting the Brotherhood meeting was a case of “keep your enemies closer.” Consummate liberal Juan Williams predictably saw nothing but rainbows and unicorns, saying the convening was all about “democracy and human rights.”
Hoenig wasn’t buying it.
“To meet them is to sanction them,” he said. “The Middle East is this tribal cesspool of Islamic hatred for the U.S. Obama talks about Israel being our greatest ally. I don’t think he knows why it’s our greatest ally, and he sure doesn’t act like it.”
Watch the action via Fox News:
A delegation of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers met at the U.S. State Department in a bid for support for their opposition to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Al-Sisi was elected after a bloody coup that ousted former President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member.
The Muslim Brotherhood is considered a terrorist organization by Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Patrick Poole, a terrorism expert and national security reporter, essentially sided with Hoenig’s assessment in an interview with the Free Beacon.
“What this shows is that the widespread rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, particularly the largest protests in recorded human history in Egypt on June 30, 2013, that led to Morsi’s ouster, is not recognized by the State Department and the Obama administration,” Poole said. “This is a direct insult to our Egyptian allies, who are in an existential struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, all in the pursuit of the mythical ‘moderate Islamists’ who the D.C. foreign policy elite still believe will bring democracy to the Middle East.”
The meeting apparently went well — at least for the Brotherhood. The Free Beacon reported in a followup article:
The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the Islamist group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department, according to an official statement released this week.
Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday.
“It is incumbent upon everyone to be aware that we are in the process of a new phase, where we summon what is latent in our strength, where we recall the meanings of jihad and prepare ourselves, our wives, our sons, our daughters, and whoever marched on our path to a long, uncompromising jihad, and during this stage we ask for martyrdom,” the statement said.
That makes the Brotherhood’s intentions pretty clear — and Hoenig’s assessment spot on.
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