Amazing, isn’t it? Barack Obama’s domestic policy initiatives have been soundly rejected by the American people. From stimulus to corporate takeovers to health care, Americans turned away from the Obama agenda and made their feelings known at the ballot box. But could Obama be even worse on foreign policy than he is domestically? If Egypt becomes the next Iran, people will be wondering if he is Barack Carter or Jimmy Obama.
When protests first broke out in Egypt, the Obama administration knee-jerked and said, “Everything is fine.” In comments on the PBS NewsHour, Vice President Joe Biden said he didn’t think Mubarack should leave office. When asked by host Jim Lehrer whether the time had “come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go?”, Biden said, “No. I think the time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction that – to be more responsive to some… of the needs of the people out there.”
Fast forward a few days and Obama is calling for Mubarak to go “now.”
Obama calls this a moment of transformation? Didn’t he want to “fundamentally transform” America? My question back then was always, “Transform it from what to what?” I ask the same question now. If Obama believes that this is a moment of transform, and he is kicking the current government aside, what does he think Egypt will transform into?
As noted in The Hill, on Thursday Mubarak spoke out and said that Obama “doesn’t understand the ‘chaos’ that would result if he stepped aside now.”
Mubarak seemed to reject President Obama’s demand that a transition in government in Egypt begin “now,” as the past week’s protests in that country turned violent in the last 48 hours, with pro-Mubarak forces clashing with anti-government activists. Several have been killed and hundreds wounded.
“If I resign today, there will be chaos,” Mubarak told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour in Cairo.
Here’s the deal, and here is why Obama rushing Mubarak out the door has dire consequences. Yes, many of the protesters are speaking out for more democracy and greater freedoms. But some are not, the most organized group in the opposition is the Muslim Brotherhood. As explained by Brigitte Gabriel in Human Events, a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt “could usher in a new era of Islamic radicalism in the Middle East and across the world.”
Founded in 1928 as a response to first President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Turkey ending the caliphate, the Islamic system of government, and westernizing the country, the Muslim Brotherhood is now the oldest Islamic terrorist organization in the world. Its beef against Attaturk? He gave women the right to vote, the right to work, the right to dress in western attire, and the right to an education.
Since then the Muslim Brotherhood has created 70 offshoot Islamic organizations across the world, including Al-Qaeda and Hamas. The second-in-command in Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was a Muslim Brotherhood leader imprisoned in Egypt by the government and later sent into exile. Other notable members include the infamous Osama bin Laden, and Mohamed Atta, his ringleader in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Fox News Correspondent Catherine Herridge has a great report on the Muslim Brotherhood and how it is now backing Mohammed el Baradei as the next president.
But many fear that if Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak goes, the real replacement will be either the Muslim Brotherhood itself, or an Islamic fundamentalist group. El Baradei insisted on Sunday talk shows that the fear was unwarranted.
“This is total bogus that the Muslim Brotherhood are religiously conservative,” El Baradei told ABC’s “This Week.” “They are no way extremists. They are no way using violence.”
But critics point out that the Brotherhood, which was established in Egypt in the 1920’s, is synonymous with political Islam which supports the use of Islamic law known as Sharia.
So… Mohammed el Baradei says the Muslim Brotherhood is peaceful and not extremist. Any one look behind his back to see if he had his fingers crossed?
It makes perfect sense that the Muslim Brotherhood is backing el Baradei as a possible successor to Mubarak. Mohammed el Baradei is weak. As head of the IAEA, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog, he would make “demands” that certain countries (such as Iran) open up for nuclear inspection or cease nuclear activity. Then he would back off and the countries would keep doing what they were doing.
If el Baradei becomes the next Egyptian president, then the Muslim Brotherhood will be one step away from controlling the country. This can not be allowed to happen. Obama must stop this coddling of Muslim organizations and do it now.
With Jimmy Carter, Iran slipped from the shah to radical islamists. Under Obama, Egypt could suffer a similar fate which would have devastating repercussions for the region. As reported in the AP story on GOPUSA, Obama is working with Egyptian officials to try to organize the “immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.” The U.S. can help strengthen and aid a shaky democracy. It can’t do much for a country whose leaders want to destroy us and everything that America stands for. Barack Carter or Jimmy Obama? I really can’t tell the difference. Can you?