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Friday, February 11, 2011

Why Obama has messed up in Egypt: Exhibit A

President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told Congress on Thursday that the Muslim Brotherhood is secular. (Hello - it's called the Muslim Brotherhood).

Let's go to the videotape.

Even the White House realized it had to walk that one back.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discussed the Islamist group during a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier Thursday. He testified that the organization has "pursued social ends" and a "betterment of the political order," and downplayed its religious underpinnings.


But the DNI later issued a statement to "clarify" that claim.

"To clarify Director Clapper's point, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak's rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation. He is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization," DNI spokesperson Jamie Smith said.

While the Brotherhood has renounced violence, one of its goals is to pursue the creation of an Islamic state. The CIA's own website lists the Brotherhood as a "religious-based" party.

Clapper's claim quickly drew scrutiny on Capitol Hill, even before his office walked back the statement.

"I am concerned that the DNI's assessment does not agree with recent public statements by senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood nor does it agree with the organization's publicly stated goals," Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said in a written statement, describing the group as "radical."

"They're as secular as Billy Graham and the pope are secular," former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said.
You want to know why President Obama was blindsided by Egyptian President Mubarak's speech on Thursday night? I'd say Clapper is Exhibit A.

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At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clapper is Exhibit B. Obama is Exibit A.

The US has not only reverted back to September 10th, they've reverted back to December 6th.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carl, your obama hate is getting the best of you

israel, all the arab states, al jazeerah, cnn, npr and about a million egyptians, were all blindsided by mubarak's end around

i have a feeling that hosni tried to make a last minute deal that fell through

he wanted to get out of egypt with all the caishe that he has stolen from the treasury over the years (which is why, state tv was going out of its way to publicize the corruption of low level pols...they were gonna take the fall)

the deal fell through...so he changed up

has nothing to do with their misunderstanding of the muslim brotherhood

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you can make excuses for the guy all you want but he then told an Indian reporter in a break that yes, he knew about the Dali Lami, he got his brisket and pastrami there and it was usually very tasty.

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bacci, another Obama pompom cheer leader in da-nile.

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

obama cheerleader i am not

mubarak resigned today

carl needs to rethink his obama hate

that doesnt mean that the obama admin is wrong about the muslim brotherhood...it just means that mubarak switched up on everyone

At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslim Brother underestimation infatuation big red flag on that down river Obama slow boat put put--BHO, Muslim Brother from another planet? Too much hope and change ahead 'bro.

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

muslim bro...i think it sounds pretty cool ;)

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps: whatever obama is, he is i think far more intelligent than bush.


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