The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive in Washington

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The rift between the Brotherhood delegation’s assurances of moderation and the reality of the nascent government the Brotherhood has come to dominate is now all too apparent. One of the government’s first acts, for instance, was to announce that it would prosecute 43 Germans and Americans working for pro-democracy NGOs in Egypt. Although the groups had been working in Egypt for years, the foreign workers – among them Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood – were indicted by Egyptian courts for operating without a license and barred from leaving the country. The politically charged prosecutions strained U.S.-Egyptian ties and threatened the $1.6 billion in American aid that Egypt receives annually, but the Brotherhood defended them as a proper response.

Ironically, among the more outspoken defenders of the crackdown on pro-democracy groups was Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, the same Brotherhood lawmaker who is leading the Brotherhood’s PR tour this week. When the prosecutions were announced, Dardery insisted that they were justified because the pro-democracy groups were working toward “a type of democracy that will not bring Islamists to power, and this is wrong.” Dardery thus confirmed what was already obvious: The Brotherhood supports democracy only to the extent that it brings the Brotherhood to power. Abroad, of course, Daredy tells a different story.

How convincing this two-faced act has been in the U.S. is unclear. For its part, the White House has tried to downplay the significance of the Brotherhood’s visit. Still, the unprecedented access that the Brotherhood’s delegation has been afforded, including meetings with officials at the National Security Council and the State Department, can only serve to boost its domestic legitimacy. Nor did it hurt the Brotherhood’s image that the Obama administration, rather than condemning its decision to run a presidential candidate despite promising to abstain, praised the Brotherhood’s candidate as a more moderate alternative to the Salafist candidate in the race.

Yet that’s a distinction with little substantive difference. As the Brotherhood has amply demonstrated during its brief time in office – and as its latest publicity stunt cannot obscure – when it comes to their views on secular democracy and religious pluralism, the differences between the Brotherhood and its Islamist rivals are few indeed.

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  • Larry

    And how many MB types are already working in the White House. Off the top of my head I can think of three.

    • MrWHBraden

      Muslim Brotherhood is more moderate than the Salafist, how? They both must, or be killed, to obey Shaira Law. To muslims there is no authority above Shaira Law. Obama is following his agenda to , Radically Transform America. Vote this man out and vote out all PC Democrates from local, state, and federal offices.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Muslim Brotherhood is more moderate than the Salafist, how?

        There is no such thing as moderate Muslims and moderate Islam, and the real difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salifist, is the Muslim Brotherhood is more deceptive and savvy at manipulating the West than the Salifist.

        It's sort of like the difference between the violent jihadists, i.e., AQ and like minded violent jihad groups, and the covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists, i.e., Saudi Arabia, the Gulf State Emirates, and indeed the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world today, that see violent jihad as being extremely counterproductive because it invites unwanted wars against Muslims and attracts unwanted scrutiny, focus, and attention on Islam.

        Indeed, covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists would much rather fulfill Allah's will via stealth global jihad, i.e, mass Muslim immigration to the West that is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, and believe that violent jihad should be applied only after the Muslim population reaches critical mass and primarily to ethnically cleanse non-Muslim unbelievers to speed up the process of demographic conquest.

        • MrWHBraden

          ObamaYoMoma, thank you, your answer was quite clear and explains allot about Obama's agenda. Obama is the deceptive jihadists yet he has awoken allot of Patriots to the convert aim of Islam. The so-called moderate Muslim would say Obama and AQ have let the cat out of the bag abit to early.

  • Anamah

    Yes, so we must be vigilant and do not forget they are eximios Takiyya practitioners. In addition to that, we need to keep in mind the fanaticism and intolerant ideology. Muslim Brotherhood? Deadly people not to be trusted.

  • kafir4life

    A recent call to Cheesy Chuck (you) Schumer's office confirmed that Chuck is prepared to take the reigns of his mentor George Soros old job of confiscating condemned Jews property. Senator Schumer said he's up for the task and plans on making his new masters proud.

  • pierce

    When I first saw this Headline, I immediately thought it was a reference to the smooth talking occupant of the White House, you know the one who is promoting class warfare, tax only the rich, screw the masses, for they do not know what is good for themselves, only I do. Oh that is Barack Hussein Obama, our all knowing supreme leader.
    How in gods name can this man ever be reelected, for if he is, the American people will have to be dumber than a box of rocks. And finally, the media keeps telling us that women are his number one fan, is that because he is handsome, or are they dumber than two boxes of rocks.

    • RoguePatriot6

      "women are his number one fan, is that because he is handsome, or are they dumber than two boxes of rocks."

      Probably, liberal women are his number one fans. Don't believe the hype. I won't say that women are dumb if they vote for Obama this year but I will say if they believe in this "republican war on women" garbage, then they would have to get smarter just to obtain the intelligence level of "idiot".

  • MrWHBraden

    If the Impostor is given the presidency again, he will show us his prayer rug and invite Bill Ayers to be Sec. of State.

  • Mary

    Here is a national Petition to impeach President Obama for his traitorous actions and because he is not eligible to be President per the U.S. Constitution: or

    We need a governmental reset to route out enforcement of Sharia law.

    At the very least, expose President's actions before the election.

    • Dispozadaburka

      Thank you Mary for giving us this website.

  • Asher

    Please be prepared for all things. Evil is here!

  • Dispozadaburka

    Pray for the "Soul of Islam."
    so we can put the Genie back in the bottle
    and throw it backdown into the firery pit
    where it belongs.
    Universal Underworld

  • Steve Chavez

    If everybody doesn't want Obama to talk with the Muslim Brotherhood, maybe FOX NEWS could hire a few Brothers as co-hosts and analysts because of his, and his puppeteer, George Soros and Media Matters, WAR ON FOX. IF ONLY HE WAS VIGOROUSLY FIGHTING OUR ENEMIES as vigorously as he fights FOX, WE'D HAVE VICTORIES AND OUR ENEMIES WOULD BE FEARFUL!

    Here he is talking and trying to reconcile with TERRORISTS AND YET HE IS AT WAR WITH REPUBLICANS AND FOX NEWS and can't even sit down with them!!! HOW MANY MEETINGS has he had with Republicans in the room? How about just Republicans?

    THE REASON OBAMA HAS VERY FEW BI-PARTISAN MEETINGS, is because HE KNOWS THEY KNOW he doesn't know what he is talking about! He then tries to cover himself up with ANGER! Even Democrats are thinking "This guy doesn't have the foggiest and everybody here knows it." MANY THAT HE DOES MEET WITH HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR DECADES. They know the system, they know how it works. THEY ALSO KNOW BS WHEN THEY HEAR IT!

    • Mae Eye

      Rocky Road
      You couldn't be more wrong… Obama knows exactly what he is doing!

  • http://Firefox phil

    The evil and dishonesty that Obama has brought to this nation is far more serious than people let on. He has been on a mission to render America helpless so socialism can take over. He must be stopped from gaining reelection.

  • mrbean

    The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims. Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.

    • wctaqiyya

      No fair, you're telling all our secrets.

  • PAthena

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has (or had) as one of her closest aides, Huma Abedin, (wife of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner), who is asssoicated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • LibertyBelle

    ~ :Washington's Little Mosque on the Prairie

    " …….Charmed, I'm sharia…"

  • DogsHateRomney

    Islam is not a "religion of peace" despite desperate insistence by President Barack HOODIE Obama (D).

    Muslims, by belief and practice, are the most blatant violators of human rights.

    ~ Whirrled Peas with Couscous?

  • RoguePatriot6

    Yet another attempt at the wolf masquerading as an innocent sheep.

    One only has to look at the obvious to determine that the agenda Obama and his buddies in the Muslim Brotherhood is incompatible with anything that's remotely Constitutional. The fact that this administration can say "democracy" and "Muslim Brotherhood" in the same sentence is laughable. Coptics and other Christians have been fleeing the country since Islamic Winter…eh…um…"Arab Spring" started. The obvious questions to the people belonging to "the religion of peace" are, Why is it that when you gentlemen move into town, Jews and Christians flee for their lives? Why is it that civilizations and cultures disappear in the path of SHARIAH? Why is it that when everytime your goals or ambitions for elections or diplomacy aren't met, violence soon follows? Why is it that those who have to audacity to question or Muhammad's existence (in other words treat it with the same skepticism as Christianity), now have to be extra cautious? (crickets)

    • RoguePatriot6

      If Islam isn't a violent cult than they have been putting on an Oscar winning performance for centuries. If the Muslim Brotherhood are not bent on World Domination through lies, violence and the braindead liberals that kiss their behinds (out of fear or just plain stupidity) then they have a great many fooled.

  • neils60

    I'm certain that the M.B. is to be accorded a better reception than Bibi was a few years back at the W.H. In fact, they'll probably be able to enter the W.H. through a common entrance rather than enter and exit by the trash bins. Additionally, they'll likely be able to share a meal there, rather than being told by the president that he and his family are going to dinner, and maybe, just maybe I'll see you later, when we're finished.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Given the Brotherhood’s political and organizational clout, the candidate, businessman and Brotherhood bigwig Khairat al-Shater, is now considered the frontrunner, reinforcing concerns that the Islamist group wants to completely dominate the Egyptian parliament.

    I hate to keep raining on this writer's parade, but the Muslim Brotherhood isn't an Islamist group, i.e., a radical Muslim group. Instead, they are a mainstream orthodox Muslim group, as there is nothing whatsoever advocated by the Muslim Brotherhood that is even remotely radical or antithetical with respect to the teachings, texts and tenets of the Koran and mainstream orthodox Islam. Hence, labeling them Islamists, which is just another way of saying that they are radical Muslims, is a fiction and a very misleading one.

    In essence the Muslim Brotherhood is a pro Islam and anti-non-Muslim unbelievers group, but in the Islamic world that doesn't make them radical Muslims or Islamist Muslims. Instead, that makes them mainstream orthodox Muslims. In fact, if they were Islamists or radical Muslims, i.e., non-mainstream extremist Muslims, then there is no way they could be the leading political force in Egypt today. Yet they are.

    Not to mention that falsely labeling the Muslim Brotherhood as being Islamists and a radical Islamic group insinuates that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are peaceful and moderate people that disagree with them, and that the Muslim Brotherhood remains outside the mainstream of Islam, yet again it is somehow the leading political force in Egypt today and at the same time it is supported and admired by hundreds of millions of Muslims outside of Egypt. Hence, someone unwittingly or wittingly is misrepresenting reality here and it isn't me.

    The real reality today is there is no such thing as Islamist Muslims, radical Muslims, extremist Muslims, fundamentalist Muslims, peaceful Muslims, moderate Muslims, or whatever, just like there is also no such thing as Islamist Islam, radical Islam, extremist Islam, fundamentalist Islam, peaceful Islam, moderate Islam, or whatever, as there are only mainstream orthodox Muslims and mainstream orthodox Islam. Everything else is false PC multicultural myths. In other words, complete and utter BS.

    I can understand the Left filling us with BS, but for the life of me I can't figure out why writers supposedly on the right are trying to fill us with BS too.

    The harsh reality is all Muslims in the world are jihadists, a tiny minority of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed. Now that may not be a very pleasant reality, but it is the reality nonetheless.

    Thus, pretending Islam is a so-called Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, i.e., Islamists or radical Muslims, is nothing but an exercise in self delusion. Indeed, it is the same kind of nonsense that led to the idiotic nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan that inevitably turned into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history. It is also the same kind of nonsense that led to the US's decision to continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, that is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest after 9/11. It is also the same kind of nonsense that is leading to the decisions to gut our defense budget today.

    Worse still for the Brotherhood’s supposedly moderate image was that al-Shater made it expressly clear that his “first and final project and objective” would be to impose Sharia law on the country.

    Now, of course, the writer here is trying to make it seem as if the imposition of Sharia is somehow extreme, but nonetheless Sharia, i.e., the will of Allah, in essence is Islam, as first and foremost Islam requires all Muslims to totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to the will of Allah, whereby the freedom of conscience is forbidden, and Islam enforces this tenet by making blasphemy and apostasy capital offenses.

    Indeed, Sharia, just like Jihad as well, is intrinsic to Islam, as Sharia in essence is the will of Allah. In other words, Sharia is what all Muslims are required to submit to. Meanwhile, jihad is the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, and without either one of them, there is no Islam. Hence, Sharia in Islam in no way can be construed to be extreme as it is the very heart and soul of Islam.

    –continued below

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Already, he has stirred controversy in Egypt by lobbying for the support of Egypt’s hard-line Salafist clerics, offering them effective approval over all legislation to make sure that it is compliant with Sharia.

    Uhm…apparently this naïve writer, who obviously must still believe somehow that Islam preaches only peace and harmony, also believes that Salifist clerics are somehow hardline, i.e, radical and extremist Islamists. If anyone is gullible enough to believe that garbage, then they must also be gullible enough to also believe that Bill Clinton never inhaled. In any event, those Salifist clerics and what they preach and advocate in Egypt couldn't be more mainstream.

    “The principles are universal: freedom, human rights, justice for all. This is the priority of the Freedom and Justice Party,

    The only freedom Sharia allows is the freedom for Muslims to become more devout slaves of Allah; there is no such thing as human rights in Islam; and there can be justice only for Muslims. Sorry non-Muslim dhimmis, i.e., Coptic Christians.

    pro-democracy NGOs

    A pro democracy NGO in the Islamic world is a fantasy based useful idiot organization, as Islam is not a religion, but instead a supremacist theo-political totalitarian ideology and political system that masquerades as being a religion to dupe gullible useful idiots and control unwitting people. Hence, democracy, which is the rule of man, is seen as an abomination in Islam that must be obliterated, as Islam is the divine will and rule of Allah (God). Indeed, Islam is what Communism would be if it was turned it into a religion, only it is far more totalitarian than Communism.

    Still, the unprecedented access that the Brotherhood’s delegation has been afforded, including meetings with officials at the National Security Council and the State Department, can only serve to boost its domestic legitimacy.

    Proof positive that our federal government is utterly incompetent when it comes to protecting and defending America from the scourge of Islam.

    As the Brotherhood has amply demonstrated during its brief time in office – and as its latest publicity stunt cannot obscure – when it comes to their views on secular democracy and religious pluralism, the differences between the Brotherhood and its Islamist rivals are few indeed.

    More utter nonsense. This writer apparently can't get over the notion that Islam somehow is a Religion of Peace. In other words, he can't quite stop believing in fairy tales, sort of like our federal government.

    • political_vacuum


      It appears that your moral code and concept of honesty ignores plagiarism.

      If you must always filch Robert Spencer's intellectual property by copy & paste;
      … least have the intellectual gonads and couth to credit him for your posts.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Damn it…your false, absurd, and idiotic allegation made me read my whole damn long ass post again and then made me click on the link you provided to see what the hell you are falsely accusing me of plagiarizing.

        In any event, as any of the writers that write about Islam for can tell you, I have been harassing them about mislabeling mainstream orthodox Muslims Islamists for far longer than the time when Robert Spencer wrote the article you linked to. In fact, I vehemently disagreed with Raymond Ibrahim when he wrote that article defending the use of the word Islamists, because it is just a more political correct way of saying radical Muslims.

        Indeed, I was harassing all the writers over here back when they were still using the word radical Muslim and before they ever made the switch to the more political correct term Islamist for the same damn reason, because it is a false characterization that inaccurately portrays the reality of Islam.

        Now with respect to the Spencer article you referenced, I didn't even know about it until a week or longer after the Ibrahim article first appeared on, because I simply don't have time to play on the Internet all day long and since I've already learned about as much as I can learn from Spencer, I rarely visit his site any longer because it has become all to redundant for me.

        Not to mention that I don't even agree with Spencer on this issue either. For instance, in the article you linked, Spencer argues that it is better to use the term "Islamic supremacist" instead of the term "Islamist" because he believes that "some term is needed for such people: for example, a follower of Mubarak in Egypt would likely be a Muslim but not an "Islamist": i.e., not a proponent of Sharia rule.

        Like I said, I disagree with Spencer because in Islam it is impossible for a person to be a Muslim but at the same time "not a proponent of Sharia rule." As that would make that person a blasphemous apostate that per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam must be executed.

        After all, the first and foremost tenet of Islam is that each and every Muslim adherent must submit totally, completely, and unconditionally to the will of Allah, where the freedom of conscience is forbidden, and Islam enforces that first tenet by making blasphemy and apostasy capital offenses.

        Hence, if a person isn't a proponent of Sharia rule, then obviously that person isn't one hundred percent totally, completely, and unconditionally submissive to the will of Allah, and that means that person isn't a Muslim at all, but instead a blasphemous apostate that again per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam must be executed.

        Indeed, it is ludicrous to call Muslims who are Sharia compliant adherents "Islamists," "radical Muslims," "Islamic supremacists," or whatever, because Sharia, i.e., the will of Allah, is the heart and soul of Islam. Without Sharia there is no Islam. As a matter of fact, the word Muslim in Arabic means "one who submits." Hence, let's call them Muslims, since that is what they really are.

        Meanwhile, people in the Islamic world that aren't proponents of Sharia obviously aren't Muslims. In the eyes of Muslims, again they are not Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam must be executed.

        Hence, we in the West should call such people what they actually are, which is dissidents from Islam or Muslim dissidents. Indeed, during the Cold War did we call Communist adherents "radical Communists" or "Communist Supremacists" so they wouldn't be confused with people living in the Communist world that weren't proponents of Communism? I don't believe.

        Not to mention that during the Cold War far more people understood the threat of Communism, while today, on the other hand, far more people are completely oblivious of Islam than otherwise, especially since most writers today per the dictates of PC multiculturalism grossly distort the reality of Islam.

        Meanwhile, like an unhinged delusional loon you falsely accuse me of filching Robert Spencer's intellectual property by copy and paste no less. Indeed, if that is the case as you allege, then by all means please have the decency and wherewithal to put your money where your unhinged mouth is by copying and pasting the incriminating evidence and what it is I'm alleged to have filched. Otherwise, you owe me an apology moonbat!

        • political_vacuum

          Your selective outrage is noted.

          I am sorry you must always filibuster this blog as your personal brand of parliamentary procedure.

          750 word count.

          You are so selfish, antagonistic, and boring.

  • Youssef

    Turkey‘s top Muslim cleric has stepped into an international row over Christianity on the Arabian Peninsula, rejecting comments attributed to the Saudi grand mufti that all churches there should be destroyed.

    Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Ankara, told a Turkish newspaper that Islam respected the rights of other faiths and calls for the destruction of churches went against centuries of tolerance.

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  • John_Kelly

    "Muslim Brotherhood Charm" is an oxymoron, somewhat like the charm of a rattlesnake.

  • LibertyBelle

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive

    The Muslim "Charm" Offensive

    Arab Scarabs

    aka: DUNG beetles.

    • Larry

      Now don't you go be dissing dung beetles. They are actually useful.

  • maghrebchristians

    Ahead of an upcoming presidential election in France, policymakers are riding a wave of Islam-dominated issues that have unwittingly taken center stage in the country’s public domain.

    Concerns over Islamic fundamentalism reached a peak in recent weeks when French police launched the latest of a series of raids on suspected Islamic militants, detaining 10 people across the country in predawn arrests.

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  • Western Spirit

    By their fruits you shall know them. Therefore Obama is either a Muslem or the next thing to it.

  • Bashy Quraishy

    Mr. ObamaYoMoma, either you have no clue what you write on this blog or you are a very confused soul. First you explain that "Muslim Brotherhood isn't an Islamist group, i.e., a radical Muslim group. Instead, they are a mainstream orthodox Muslim group” and then you continue with your usual nonsense that : " A pro democracy NGO in the Islamic world is a fantasy based useful idiot organization, as Islam is not a religion, but instead a supremacist theo-political totalitarian ideology”.
    Anyone who has a scant knowledge of Islam and the Muslim world in general can tell you that you are a raving anti-Islam lunatic. You have your own anti-Islam agenda and you have never read any western scholar of Islam or researched yourself. Your generalization of 1.7 billion Muslims and their faith is mildly said a collection of Google knowledge and fox news like information.
    In Islam there is no place or space for dividing the faith in modern, Islamist, orthodox, militant or radical. These terms are given to Muslims by racist and anti-Islam lobbies in the west. Islam is a very simple and practical religion, which asks its followers to live in peace, harmony and obedience to God and His commands. But at the same time, 85% Muslims according to international surveys are not practicing people exactly like Christians, Jews and Hindus. Their desire is to have a family, good friends, a job, may be a property and a small sum in the bank. It is very humane and ordinary desire.
    I have traveled from USA to Indonesia, have done lots of research and interviews and talked with people with Muslim background. Their wishes are no different than anyone else on the planet. To present their faith as a devil’s creation and something alien to modern world is like spitting on the moon.
    Yes, Muslims also have rotten eggs like all religions, but it is a miniscule percentage among Muslims who are 23% of the total world population.
    The reason why atrocities like terrorism and bombings are carried out by some idiots is because they feel helpless against the relentless intrusion in their lands by USA, NATO and other western powers. Every body knows that most leaders in Muslim countries are stooges of the west and have done nothing for the masses. The west always supports the elite because of strategic interests and cheap resources like oil and gas.
    In this vacuum, organizations like Muslim Brotherhood has performed a great charity work. Such organizations are found in every Muslim country and people appreciate their efforts to feed, cloth and provide medical care. If Muslim Brotherhood is willing to talk with USA and lobby for the Egyptian interests, good for them. Israel also has its powerful lobby and it even manipulates with election results in congress and senate. I do not see anyone on this blog complaining about it. SO please keep your double moral in the closet and let people have peace.

  • wctaqiyya

    What's that expression? lipstick on a cow or something? I'm thinking that 'charm' offensive means tons of bribes since they have nothing even remotely charming to offer.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    BHO is MB proxy.

    Well if BHO isn't a MB proxy, then he is definitely a MB dupe and gullible useful idiot, which is just as bad.