Accuracy in Media

Many in the media are condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other congressmen who sent a letter to the State Department Deputy Inspector General, and the IGs of four other agencies, calling for investigations into the possible infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) of the State Department and other agencies. What’s gotten the most attention is the fact that the letter to the State Department singled out Huma Abedin, the State Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, who has been a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton going all the way back to her time as First Lady, during the Clinton administration. Abedin is also the wife of the disgraced former congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner.

This has caused quite a ruckus, with charges of McCarthyism hurled at Rep. Bachmann, and a split among Republicans, including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, plus Speaker of the House John Boehner, who have sharply criticized Bachmann and the letters she and the others have sent. The Left is having a field day, the conservatives and Republicans are scrambling to contain the issue.

But there is a bigger picture here. Should we care if indeed the Muslim Brotherhood has gained a foothold throughout the Middle East, and if they wield significant influence within the Obama administration? Or does that make us Islamophobic? What shouldn’t get lost in all this are the policies of the Obama administration that have helped facilitate the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly in Egypt. Investor’s Business Daily has made it abundantly clear that that is exactly what has taken place. In the editorial, titled “How Obama Engineered Mideast Radicalization,” they lay out the following timeline:

2009: The Brotherhood’s spiritual leader — Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi — writes an open letter to Obama arguing terrorism is a direct response to U.S. foreign policy.

2009: Obama travels to Cairo to deliver apologetic speech to Muslims, and infuriates the Mubarak regime by inviting banned Brotherhood leaders to attend. Obama deliberately snubs Mubarak, who was neither present nor mentioned. He also snubs Israel during the Mideast trip.

2009: Obama appoints a Brotherhood-tied Islamist — Rashad Hussain — as U.S. envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which supports the Brotherhood.

2010: State Department lifts visa ban on Tariq Ramadan, suspected terrorist and Egyptian-born grandson of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

2010: Hussain meets with Ramadan at American-sponsored conference attended by U.S. and Brotherhood officials.

2010: Hussain meets with the Brotherhood’s grand mufti in Egypt.

2010: Obama meets one-on-one with Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who later remarks on Nile TV: “The American president told me in confidence that he is a Muslim.”

2010: The Brotherhood’s supreme guide calls for jihad against the U.S.

2011: Qaradawi calls for “days of rage” against Mubarak and other pro-Western regimes throughout Mideast.

2011: Riots erupt in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Crowds organized by the Brotherhood demand Mubarak’s ouster, storm buildings.

2011: The White House fails to back longtime ally Mubarak, who flees Cairo.

2011: White House sends intelligence czar James Clapper to Capitol Hill to whitewash the Brotherhood’s extremism. Clapper testifies the group is moderate, “largely secular.”

2011: Qaradawi, exiled from Egypt for 30 years, is given a hero’s welcome in Tahrir Square, where he raises the banner of jihad.

2011: Through his State Department office, William Taylor — Clinton’s special coordinator for Middle East transitions and a longtime associate of Brotherhood apologists —gives Brotherhood and other Egyptian Islamists special training to prepare for the post-Mubarak elections.

2011: The Brotherhood wins control of Egyptian parliament, vows to tear up Egypt’s 30-year peace treaty with Israel and reestablishes ties with Hamas, Hezbollah.

2011: Obama gives Mideast speech demanding Israel relinquish land to Palestinians, while still refusing to visit Israel.

2011: Justice Department pulls plug on further prosecution of U.S.-based Brotherhood front groups identified as collaborators in conspiracy to funnel millions to Hamas.

2011: In a shocking first, the State Department formalizes ties with Egypt’s Brotherhood, letting diplomats deal directly with Brotherhood party officials in Cairo.

April 2012: The administration quietly releases $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the new Egyptian regime.

June 2012: Morsi wins presidency amid widespread reports of electoral fraud and voter intimidation by gun-toting Brotherhood thugs — including blockades of entire streets to prevent Christians from going to the polls. The Obama administration turns a blind eye, recognizes Morsi as victor.

June 2012: In a victory speech, Morsi vows to instate Shariah law, turning Egypt into an Islamic theocracy, and also promises to free jailed terrorists. He also demands Obama free World Trade Center terrorist and Brotherhood leader Omar Abdel-Rahman, a.k.a. the Blind Sheik, from U.S. prison.

June 2012: State grants visa to banned Egyptian terrorist who joins a delegation of Brotherhood officials from Egypt. They’re all invited to the White House to meet with Obama’s deputy national security adviser, who listens to their demands for the release of the Blind Sheik.

July 2012: Obama invites Morsi to visit the White House this September.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s sudden ascendancy in the Mideast didn’t happen organically. It was helped along by a U.S. president sympathetic to its interests over those of Israel and his own country.”

This is what should be being debated, and investigated. Sure, some people will take issue with certain of the characterizations in the IBD timeline. But it is hard to deny the overall truth of it.

In March of 2011, in an AIM Report titled “Media Playing Crucial Role in Middle East Uprisings,” I wrote that “Maybe in the next presidential election, we will be debating ‘who lost Egypt.’ But preferably, we’ll be debating instead whether a thriving and peaceful democracy in Egypt should be credited to George Bush’s democracy agenda or to Barack Obama, for wisely guiding the transition.”

At the time, the MB claimed they were not going to run a candidate for president if Mubarak went away, but that turned out not to be true. While many in the media tried to convince us back then what a moderate force the Brotherhood was, it should be recalled that it is the oldest Islamist group, “founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, who became a great admirer of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. Following an attempted assassination of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1954, the group was outlawed in Egypt.”

The man who was elected last year to head the MB in Egypt was Mohammed Badie. Here is what he said in a sermon in 2010: “Arab and Muslim regimes are betraying their people by failing to confront the Muslim’s real enemies—not only Israel, but the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded. Governments have no right to stop their people from fighting the U.S.”

The point is, the media are eager to use this story as another way to attack the GOP. That’s what they do. But let’s see if they’ll show some intellectual honesty and look also at the underlying issue: Should we care if the U.S. government maintains close ties with the MB, both internally and externally, and has supported their ascendancy in the Middle East?

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  • David3274

    Time for the old line republicans like McCain and Graham and Boehner stop with the knee jerk reactions about the sensitivity of Islam and the close connections that the White House under Obama has. they should also remember that Arafat would not have lasted as long as he did as leader of the PLO if it were not for Pres. Clinton and his wife Hillary. the lack of a Peace agreement after getting all he wanted because the Muslim Brotherhood at the time did not give their OK for the acceptance of the agreed upon demands of the PLO,  shows the that Peace was not possible then or now. Obama leans towards Islam and this by itself should be flag to the Republicans who knock Bachman but stopped looking at the reality of the current situation.

  • What else can be expected from the “mainstream” media? The “mainstream” media are, most of them, cesspools of hardcore-Left ideologues and operatives and, consequently friends of America’s enemies, for, the enemy of my enemy is my friend; that’s the explanation of their love with Obama and with Islmofascism. Despite Michelle Bachmann’s lousy performance in the primaries, she is now stellar and we non-leftists must support her with all we got, lawfully and peacefully, of course.

  • Without having read most of the posts here, I hope I am not being redundant.  Mitt Romney should make this issue as important as the economic issue to make the connection between Obama and the Muslim Bro’hood.  Hillary’s top assistant, Huma, is from Saudi Arabia.  Her mother is co-founder of the Muslim Sisterhood and her brother is pretty high up in the hierarchy of the Bro’hood in England, which is already causing the English a lot of trouble by insisting that Shariah law be implemented when dealing with Muslim issues.  I suspect that Hillary was one of the movers to give $1.5 billion to the Egyptian Bro’hood, and Huma might have been behind it.  Huma is exposed to all kinds of Top Secret information and I’m sure that some of it gets to the Bro’hood, since Muslims are loyal only to Allah and not to the US, since their goal is to destroy the USA.  And, Obama is ready to give the “Red Carpet” treatment to the new prez of Egypt, whose first declaration as president was to declare Israel as their #1 enemy…and, will treat the Egyptian much better than he treated Netanyahu, leaving him seated there during talks because he had to go to lunch or somewhere.


    These things need to take place, then the end. Christ will return. We will be out of here before you know it.

  • ItsJo

    These are the people that Obama (And Hillary) look out for.  He has an allegience to them, and actually Wants them to be infiltrated in our American system.  Thus far, he has said Nothing AGAINST the Muslim Brotherhood-and has been accepting of them taking over in the Middle East.  It is the SAME with Hillary, as she embraces the Palestinians, who incidentally are “joining in the Syrian Killings”.   Hillary AND Obama have turned a ‘blind eye to all of this, as they have disdain for Israel.  I personally think we need to just worry about America, and what Obama, Soros, Holder, Pelosi, Reid,
    etal are doing to undermine our “American Freedoms in their sick ideology”.
    This so called Media, needs to ‘open it’s eyes, unless they don’t mind America going
    ‘out of business, sooner than later, as she is now going down the tubes thanks to O.

  • Jacobite2

    Anybody who thinks for one nano-second that there could ever be a democracy in Egypt, or that we ought to hope for one, is operating with a Chihuahua-level IQ. Mohammedans are crap on two legs. Worthless. And every faithful Mohammedan considers every single Christian to be his blood-enemy, because that’s what the Koran commands him to do (jihad). To be enslaved or killed at the first opportunity. Now, if X considers me his enemy, do I have a choice about my attitude? Theoretically, I guess I do, but in practice, he’s likewise my enemy, only I’m gonna try to kill him before he gets the drop on me. McCain is an idiot; Goober Graham is his dummy. The Speaking Boner is the prototypical go-along-get-along DC insider. Or as inside as the Democrats let him be. This is another reason I believe this is the last go-round for the GOP. Their complete betrayal of Rightists, Conservatives, and moderates after they’re elected in November will be the last straw. Romney will not repeal O’bwana-care. Juan McCain will continue to defend jihadists everywhere, and welcome third world peons across our borders. Yes, I have noticed a crucial shortage of w*tbacks lately. Time to start another party — for white people. A party that doesn’t wet itself when a member calls out some un-American enemies of Western Civilization, such as domestic Leftists, Jungle Jessie Jackson, or Mohammedans. This latest Michelle Bachmann flap is another nail in the coffin of the Stupid Party. McCain must have to spend hours every morning deciding whether to wear a sombrero or a tablecloth on his head. Whatta maroon!

  • Jacobite2

    Arabs have never been, are not now, and can never be Americans. Completely different peoples. Give them 24 hours to get out of our country or shovel ’em under….

  • Gravy71

     You, sir, are an ass.  I could not let your commentary go without condemning the non-intelligent, race-baiting name-calling.  Your valid points diminish with every slanderous bit of “supremacy rhetoric”; and I’ll not be a party to your over-stirred hatred.

      This is a nation of laws, sir.  This is not a nation of, by and for “white people”.  Take pause and understand that I am not mis-characterizing your advocacy for the majority; only the underlying hatred in your apparent anger.

      I understand being frustrated with the back-door goings-on, the media’s, the politician’s (and many citizen’s), ignorance and flat-out lies.  I understand the anger over the bankrupting of the fiscal and moral fiber of this Great Nation.

      What I don’t understand is that you can’t take a minute to look within and become a better citizen yourself.

      As sure as I’m sitting here, and the majority will agree with me, should YOU become a hateful despot of poorly-placed indignation?  Any righteous, lawful individual would put you in the custody of the law, lest your actions make cause for putting you down like a dog.

    Please think intelligently and without unjustified malice.  I believe the Tea Party would thank you for looking inward instead of acting out.

    -The Self-Proclaimed Voice of Truth and Reason,
    -Your Friendly Neighborhood Slapweasel

  • Truthsayer

    Three cheers for Bachman.  Too many well-intentioned, stupid people are buying the Islamic appeal.  They will fit in as slaves or give up their head when their moment arrives. Free men and women do not support Islamic government.

  • b & g

    Hillary Clinton is not serving the American people.  She is serving herself and the president who was known by John McCain to be a Muslin when he was running for president.  He kept that information to himself as did Bill & Hillary Clinton.  We have been betrayed by our represenatives. . . Our country is being handed over to muslins who have seats in congress and other high level political offices.  We have been asleep
    and trusting too long.  VOTE THEM OUT. . .

  • Larissa Scott

    New video: “Four Stages of Islamic Conquest”

  • hiayou

    In these past couple of weeks, Obama has completely turned his back on American allies begging us for help. When the worst of all this happens, he is assuring that we Americans will have no one to turn to when he and his people attack from with in the country’s own borders!