Clueless Clapper Calls Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood “Secular”
This morning during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on international security threats, the National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified. Sue Myrick, North Carolina: “Do you consider the Muslim Brotherhood a danger based on their extremist ideology? And can you speak to the validity of the memorandum that I mentioned? And do you see the Muslim Brotherhood as a danger to America based on that?” Now, listen to this.
CLAPPER: Let me just speak briefly to the Muslim Brotherhood as an international movement. The term “Muslim Brotherhood” is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al-Qaida as a perversion of Islam.
RUSH: Holy smokes, that is so wrong. That is moronically incompetent. The Muslim Brotherhood is secular? The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with Islam? And this is the National Intelligence Director? Not even NBC’s reporter on the ground can stomach that one. This afternoon on Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, she spoke to their correspondent over there, a guy by the name of Richard Engel. This is the exchange. She’s asks him about Clapper, who said that the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular.