Obama Administration Courts the Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of deception, promotion of Sharia law, anti-Semitism, and anti-Western values. Yet this does not seem to concern the Obama White House. Recently the Obama Administration wholeheartedly welcomed a delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood to Washington. It even suspended normal screening processes for them, including one member who, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, was “implicated—though not charged—in a U.S. child pornography investigation.”
In addition to turning a blind eye to suspected criminals, the Obama Administration has overlooked the Muslim Brotherhood’s policies and beliefs. The Brotherhood has explicitly stated it will not accept Israel as a state “under any circumstances.” The organization referred to Osama bin Laden with the honorary title “Sheikh” and called him a “shaheed” (martyr) after he was killed. They also have an intricate connection to the terrorist organization Hamas, which regularly attacks Israel.
U.S. relations with Egypt have soured not only due to the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood, but also because of the transitional government’s witch hunt against pro-democracy workers in the country, including members of U.S.-funded nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). But none of this has fazed the Obama Administration; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that America will continue to give Egypt $1.5 billion in annual aid.