Kerry Courts the Muslim Brotherhood

Jacob Laksin is a senior writer for Front Page Magazine. He is co-author, with David Horowitz, of The New Leviathan (Crown Forum, 2012), and One-Party Classroom (Crown Forum, 2009). Email him at jlaksin@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @jlaksin.


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As the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry might be expected to be wary of bestowing legitimacy on Islamic extremists. But no such caution was in evidence last Friday, when the Senator met with three of the top officials in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). What makes the meeting all the more notorious is that the three officials – FJP Vice-Chairman Essam El-Erian, FJP Secretary-General Mohamed Saad Katatni, and FJP chairman Mohamed Morsi – are outspoken Islamists who belie the Brotherhood’s much-cultivated image of tolerance and moderation.

Take Mohamed Morsi. He has been quoted on the Brotherhood’s website calling Israel a “Zionist usurper” that “has been created by the international terrorism and injustice.” Morsi also believes that Israel, and any nation that supports it, is perpetrating “genocide” against the Palestinians. Both Essam El-Erian and Mohamed Saad Katani, meanwhile, have made it clear that they wish to see Sharia become the law of the land. “If you want to know what principles guide our party let me tell you: the principles of the Islamic Sharia law,” Mohamed Saad Katani told Aljazeera in November. El-Erian has gone further, echoing Egypt’s Salafists by declaring: “No one dares oppose the application of Sharia law.”

If Kerry was aware of his interlocutors’ views, he did not show it. Instead, he heaped praise on the recent Egyptian elections, which saw the FJP win nearly 40 percent of seats, as a model of transparency and integrity. Kerry also pledged American support for Egypt’s new Islamist government and called for the U.S.-funded International Monetary Fund to shore up the government with financial support. Not only did Kerry not take the opportunity to challenge the Brotherhood’s more extreme views, but he rewarded them with the promise of additional assistance.

Kerry’s diplomatic blessing of the Brotherhood dovetails with a growing courtship of the Islamist group by the Obama administration. Last February, the administration’s national intelligence chief bizarrely described the Brotherhood as “largely secular.” This November, the administration further tried to smooth the course for outreach to the Brotherhood when William Taylor, the U.S. “special coordinator for transitions in the Middle East,” said that the U.S would be “satisfied” if Egypt’s elections produced a victory by the Brotherhood. Now it seems the administration is expanding its contacts to the Islamist group. Accompanying Kerry to the meeting was Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt. The sit-down marked the third time in as many months that an American official has met with the FJP.

Ironically, this outreach comes a time when the mask of moderation that the Brotherhood donned in the run-up to the elections appears to be slipping. After conducting a series of interviews with Brotherhood leaders in recent weeks, New Republic correspondent Eric Trager reported: “Far from being moderate, these future leaders share a commitment to theocratic rule, complete with a limited view of civil liberties and an unmistakable antipathy for the West.”

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  • Brujo Blanco

    Islamic terrorists qnd American liberals (commies) are joined at the hip. They both currently have the same goals when it comes to Israel and Jews in general. During the Viet Nam era Kerry attended a meeting with anti war types that were discussing murdering law makers that supported the war.

    • meekee

      This fits in well with his spurious adherence to the Catholic Faith, his pro-choice views on abortion and his attempts at tax avoidance. Not only a DINO but a CINO as well!

    • kpcor

      You neglect to admit that Senator Kerry at no time advocated for any action against the United States and, in fact, was at that VVAW convention to speak against the radical elements of it. He had already announced that he was out of the organization and had joined with Vietnam Veterans of America, Mueller's group, which concentrated on advocacy for the veterans. The FBI, which followed Kerry over that period ended surveillance because they concluded that there was absolutely no reason to consider him a threat.

      The fact was he angered the radical elements of the VVAW by arguing that they needed to work within the system – ie voting in supportive people. In fact, if Kerry did not exist, it would have been a good idea for Nixon to have asked a veteran to do what Kerry did. In Going Upriver, Mueller credits Kerry with calming down a lot of very angry people and leading them to a peaceful protest.

      It is interesting that you use a photo from immediately after the fall of Mubarak when Kerry visited Tahrir Square hoping people would think it is Kerry with the Brotherhood. Nor do you mention that they were among several Egyptian factions that Kerry met with on this visit.

      Kerry did not "heap praise" on the Muslim Brotherhood, the praise was for the election process, which various accounts say was a fair election. I am sure that President Obama, Senator Kerry and most westerns would have preferred the secular Egyptians to win, but you really do not believe in Democracy if you refuse to accept elections that are won by the people you dislike.

      At this point, it is better for Kerry and our ambassador, who was with him, to meet with the Brotherhood, which has a plurality of the vote. Whether we like it or not, they will have to create a coalition to run the country and it is better that we are speaking to them than not speaking to them.

      As to Kerry being asked to do this, check out the SFRC hearings and you will see that he is highly respected by the ranking Republicans including Lugar, Corker, and Iassacson – none of whom have ever been called liberal – all of whom have praised his ability as a diplomat. You might also check out Dr Rice's comments on Kerry's foreign policy expertise in her book – I think it would shock partisans on both the left and right to see that she says she had great respect for his foreign policy knowledge and, in another part, called him a statesman.

    • Fred Dawes

      You can see

  • Geneww

    As stated before, today’s problems all derive from the battle between "Evil" and "Righteousness". There are two main sources for this conflict: the Bible authored by God [one page proof at http://jc.does-it.net ] and the Koran which was authored by … who hates everything that God loves and established.

    When anyone endorses the elimination of God, godly reminders, godly influences and adheres to tenets that have no value on life, love, democracy, freedom … you must draw your own conclusion.

    We cannot expect God can not bless a rebellious nation where Judeo-Christians have not done their job to live and educate the revealed truth and tenets. How many politicians exemplify and righteous example that you would want you grandchildren to follow? Maybe Michelle Bachmann … and let me think.

    • joe

      im sorry but you are flat wrong… religion is a myth and a weapon used to divide and manipulate us all… it removes our self responsibility….it divides us from the natural world and each other…. it justifies awful crimes in the name of a divine pursuit… good and evil are what we all are… and one would not exist without the other. both are necessary…. everyone is capable of the deepest compassion and the most horrific crime….. who are we? CHOOSE… we must be aware of who and what we are… deep down……. and recognize our false ego when it attempts to dominate our true self… why would you put your trust in Michelle Bachmann to lead you? why would you believe anything anyone of this politicians says? …. lead yourself… do your own research and come to your own understanding… if you are wrong…you are wrong… at least its on you… not some joke politician…. these people are just telling you what they think you want to hear. they do not care about you at all….they only care about protecting their own asses and power

      • meekee

        Without ethical standards which research would that be that you are enwuiring into and deciding upon. Keep smoking the weed, dude, it is frying your brains.

        • joe

          typical… another dense birdbrained fool… you completely missed the point….
          !?ENWUIRING?! your the one smoking weed…..and your brain is already fried…

          • meekee

            You smoke the weed I drink the Jack .. nah, I write with a lisp, see.

          • joe

            o ok pisspants…whatever you say

  • StephenD

    “the least one would expect from America’s diplomats is to avoid justifying the Brotherhood’s aims by giving its top leaders an uncritical hearing and pledging American support for a Brotherhood-led government. Yet that is exactly what Kerry and the Obama administration have done.”

    Yes, the LEAST we would expect. Yet they did the exact opposite. I’ve said it numerous times before, Obama can call himself a Christian, A Capitalist, A Freedom Lover; he can call himself whatever he wants but the fact is he does EXACTLY what a Anti-American, Socialist, Islamic Operative would do.

    “It won’t be long before they regret it”

    You couldn’t be more wrong. This is EXACTLY what he wants to happen. He’ll not regret this or anything else he can to do to usurp America or her Allies.

  • intrcptr2

    Unfortunately Jacob, they won't regret it, but there are a great many Egyptians, and Israelis, who will…

    Actually, they already are, no?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Kerry courting and enemy of freedom and justice, sucking up to a Communist,
    Fascist or Islamist State, our John Kerry, would he do something as evil as
    that, you bet your swift boat he would. That this (enter obsenity) would keep on
    being re-elected shows the deplorable state of mind of the electorate and just
    how anti-American some Americans are, if only they could live in a hell hole they
    admire so much, maybe someday………………………………………William

  • jacob

    At risk of being censored, is it true that birds of a feather flock together ???

    If this is true, does anybody remember which foot does Mrs KERRY (formerly HEINZ)
    limps of ??????

    Therefore, why wouldn't KERRY cozy up to the Brotherhood ?????

  • Spider

    Ahhh Hanoi John is at it again – what a surprise! I expect very soon to hear another Ghingus Kahn speech from him only this time referring to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • mrbean

    The traitor John Kerry arranged for and attended secret unauthorized meetings with both the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Communist Delegations in Paris France in 1970 and 1971 while he was still a Reserve Naval Officer (not discharged under conditions other than honorable until 1973) while hostilities were ongoing in South Vietnam. For this he should have gotten 10 years in Leavenworth and a dishonorable discharge for aiding and abetting the enemy. – He should never have been allowed to hold a public office of any kind or even vote.

    • meekee

      If the Democratic Party excluded "crooks" there would not be many 'lefties' left! LOL

      • mrbean

        Sounds like a plan!

  • LindaRivera

    Last month the king of Jordan said in a Washington Post interview that nobody could depend on America any more.

    None of our allies or the American people can depend on our government to protect us from our enemies.

    Obama made a special point of inviting his BIG favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, and bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is global Islamic conquest and the DESTRUCTION of civilization.

    28 Jan 2011. The Telegraph: Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising. The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

    • Anamah

      Of course the revolutionaries William Ayres, Bernardine Dohrn, Fox Piven, Code Pink, the Soros network, the Democrats from the WH, the Commies and fundamentalist Islamics Nazis, calling protesters all over the world to became violent, provoking the only thing they know: chaos, destruction and tyranny. Sadly the American media is also accomplice of this devastation we are in. You are so right Linda! nobody can depend nor we, the American people who love this exceptional country as it founders ideals were.

  • Fred Dawes

    Kerry is a pig he hates our system he hates jews and is a want to be muslim.

    • CallingAllAngels

      Coren is brilliant and right on as usual!

      Stealth Jihad is allowed by Mainstream media, LEFTIE/ COMMIES/ ISLAMIC SYMPATHIZIERS like Kerry and OB(S)AMA BIN LYIN SUPPORTERS. who are mentally challenged at best.

      Its like hugging a tiger thinking it's a little kitten, until it destroys you.

      It is not islamophobia if they are really trying to kill or brainwash non-muslims.

      • CallingAllAngels

        I meant to clarify Mike Coren of Sun NEWs TV who talks the truth about Islam.

  • esperantominoria

    I doubt KERRY will ever read the world-famous book by ALI DASHTI.

    "Ali Dashti,Apostate of Islam,Tortured by Khomeini,Author of a Famous Book against Muhammad"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/12/17/ali-dashtiap

    ALSO

    "A Joel Richardson Interview,where he gives Some Reasons why the Antichrist will be a Muslim,the Mahdi"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/12/09/a-joel-richa

  • ObamaYoMoma

    As the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry might be expected to be wary of bestowing legitimacy on Islamic extremists.

    I hate to rain on the writer's PC multicultural blind parade, but the existence of so-called Islamic extremists, Islamic radicals, radical Muslims, extremist Muslims, Islamist Muslims, moderate Muslims, peaceful Muslims, just like the existence of peaceful Islam, moderate Islam, radical Islam, and extremist Islam, are all false PC multicultural myths, as none of them actually exist, except for in the dark recesses of the minds of people, like the writer of this article, that are totally blinded by PC multiculturalism.

    Thus, when I open up an article and immediately see in the very first sentence the idiotic words: Islamic extremists, I know I better start holding my nose immediately and even before I start reading. Man…PC multiculturalism just like cancer is almost impossible to eradicate and cure once it metathesizes and spreads, even on the right.

    are outspoken Islamists

    Ooh….the vaunted Islamist word. In reality, Islamist are like ghost, that is they don't exist, except again inside the dark recesses of the minds of people completely blinded by PC multiculturalism.

    Take Mohamed Morsi. He has been quoted on the Brotherhood’s website calling Israel a “Zionist usurper” that “has been created by the international terrorism and injustice.”

    Uhm…if that qualifies Mr. Morsi to be an Islamists, then I have news for the writer, as that also qualifies every Muslim on the planet to be Islamists as well.

    Both Essam El-Erian and Mohamed Saad Katani, meanwhile, have made it clear that they wish to see Sharia become the law of the land. “If you want to know what principles guide our party let me tell you: the principles of the Islamic Sharia law,” Mohamed Saad Katani told Aljazeera in November.

    Of course, any other thing would constitute blasphemy, which under Sharia is a capital offense. But why is Sharia so unusual in the Islamic world? Or why should we be shocked? Indeed, I would be shocked if this wasn't the case.

    Not only did Kerry not take the opportunity to challenge the Brotherhood’s more extreme views, but he rewarded them with the promise of additional assistance.

    Had Kerry challenged what the writer terms extreme views, he would have been tossed out on his own petard. Either that or killed. However, the last thing we should be doing is rewarding our eternal enemies and the enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers in the world financial aid.

    Kerry’s diplomatic blessing of the Brotherhood dovetails with a growing courtship of the Islamist group by the Obama administration.

    I mean everyone already knows that the Obama administration couldn't be more incompetent. However, the previous Bush administration was almost as equally as incompetent as well.

    Ironically, this outreach comes a time when the mask of moderation that the Brotherhood donned in the run-up to the elections appears to be slipping.

    There is no such thing as a mask of moderation except for in the dark recesses of the minds of those blinded by PC multiculturalism like the writer. Indeed, if Muslims, per the dictates of MAINSTRAM ORTHODOX ISLAM, didn't try to dupe gullible non-Muslim useful idiots, then I would be surprised.

    “Far from being moderate, these future leaders share a commitment to theocratic rule, complete with a limited view of civil liberties and an unmistakable antipathy for the West.”

    Again, the existence of moderate Islam is a false PC multicultural myth. Of course, they are committed to theocratic rule, strictly adhere to Sharia for human rights and everything else, and have an unmistakeable antipathy for the West, especially since the sixth and most important pillar of Islam make it an obligatory duty in Islam for ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS ON EARTH to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme.

    Despite suggesting that they would respect Egypt’s past treaties with Israel, Brotherhood leaders clearly view Israel in much the same way as their Palestinian offshoot, Hamas.

    Of course, they do. Indeed, every Muslim on the planet does. In fact, it would be blasphemous not to. Hence, why do we need someone like Trager to tell us what everyone should already know?

    Brotherhood leaders also regard Sharia as the primary basis of Egyptian laws,

    I don't get it, why should anyone be surprised? After all, they are Muslims. Oh….of course, according to the writer, they are Islamic extremists. Excuse me.

    • meekee

      You, sir, are one very astute and sarcastic gentleman. Your posts fill me with genuine pleasure and lighten this dreary and dangerous world.
      Do you ever contact these political creeps and let them have the benefit of your extensive perceptive knowledge?
      Keep up the great posts.
      Happy Christmas and Insightful New Year!

      • formationrx

        why dont you lick his boots too

        • meekee

          Because he is relaxing in his slippers before the open fire, puffing on his pipe and contemplating why idiots such as yourself continue to exist. Happy now?

  • mlcblog

    No surprise here. He is disgustingly true to his traitorous form.

  • jeff

    Islam has it's own agenda. They will talk with you, but it doesn't mean anything.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Kerry always sides with the enemy!

    • CallingAllAngels

      I wonder if Kerry has converted to Islam secretly along with Ob(s)ama.
      They seem to love the Hama-linked Muslim Brotherhood as brothers.
      They sure are the laughing stock of the same "Brotherhood".

  • Anamah

    Why this man is not indicted?

  • Dispozadaburka

    Your magazine should write an article on "HOW" (under what conditions)
    a non-muslim country can "HONORABLY"remove their troops from Muslim countries.

    What you are witnessing is a reflection of a relationship between conqueror and conquered. We being the "conquered."

    September 9 2009 (9/9/09) Turning point of the war.
    September 2009 Obama's "MUSLIM DAY OF PRAYER" on the mall in DC.
    Praying for the "SOUL" of America.
    Freemasonic rite that determines the "FUTURE DESTINY of America."

  • Nakba1948

    Oh yeah, John Kerry's an "evil Islamofascist [sic] Jew-hating communist." Because all the evidence–you know, that stuff you people always seems to IGNORE–points to that: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Is

    What would Kerry need to do to prove his Zionist bona fides to you nuts, fly over to Israel and shoot a Palestinian infant in the head?