John Kerry: Islamic Movements Hijacked the Arab Spring

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I have to ask, is John Kerry just screwing with Susan Rice and Obama now?

What he’s doing is sensible enough from a diplomatic standpoint, but it flies in the face of every position that Obama and his people have taken on the overthrow of Morsi and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kerry may not even believe what he’s saying, but he understands that no one in Egypt is going to listen to anything an American diplomat has to say as long as the Muslim Brotherhood = United States equation remains in place. The only way to defuse the political bomb is to disavow the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s something that both Obama and McCain refused to do.

Strangely enough, Kerry is showing more foreign policy competence than either of the two men who ran in 2008. It might be just his natural appeasement instincts kicking in though, but it’s a rather clear defiance of the White House position.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Egyptian revolution was “stolen” from the youth who started it by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology,” Kerry told an international security forum at the State Department on Wednesday.

“They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future. And not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more…. That’s what drove that revolution and then it got stolen. By the one single most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood.”

It is not the first time Kerry has been critical of the Brotherhood and its actions in Egypt. In September, Kerry said the Egyptian military had been “restoring democracy” when it arrested Morsi this summer to quell worsening violence.

A look at the location and the full speech is even more interesting. This isn’t a speech that Kerry is delivering to Egyptians, but to American businessmen in Washington D.C.

He’s challenging the Obama narrative on Egypt in Washington. And he’s doing more than that.

That Tunis fruit vendor who self-immolated and started a revolution in Tunisia – there was no religion, nothing, no extremism and ideology behind it. And he got slapped around by a police officer, he was tired of corruption, and he wanted an opportunity to lead his life by being able to sell his wares.

And those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology. They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more. And they tweeted their ways and Facetimed their ways and talked to each other, and that’s what drove that revolution. And then it got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood.

Same thing in Syria. Syria didn’t start Sunni-Shia or anything else. It started with young people who wanted reform. And regrettably, Assad responded to their request for reform with bullets and bombs and violence. And that’s led to where we are today to an increasingly sectarian struggle.

Much of the rest of it is boilerplate stuff about opportunity, but a careful look shows that Kerry isn’t just disavowing the Muslim Brotherhood, but the Tunisian Islamists and, to some degree, the Sunni Syrian rebels. He’s arguing that the revolutions were hijacked by Islamic secterianism.

It’s not a completely radical view, but it’s certainly not in vogue in the corridors of power right now. The Arab Spring was supposed to reward Islamic political movements.

Kerry just threw that out the window.

But there’s also risk from it, because there is a clash in certain parts of the world between culture, tradition, history, current mores, and the future, modernity. And as everybody in this room knows, some places are having a harder time managing that transition than others. That’s what we see in some of this emotion, particularly around religious extremism, which we see expressed in many of these suicide – individual suicide operations and other kinds of confrontations that take place.

That’s not quite Clash of Civilizations, but it’s tiptoeing in that general direction. So far it’s still Thomas Friedman territory, indeed the speech reads like watered down Friedman, but it’s already a departure from Obama Inc’s contention that terrorism is caused by injustice and American foreign policy… rather than Islamic resistance to modernity.

He never uses the word Islam, he never even calls the Brotherhood, the Muslim Brotherhood, but the meaning is still there.

Kerry is tapping into rhetoric from a more moderate liberal worldview. And considering his background, that’s certainly an interesting development.

  • JamesJ

    and Obama supports the Mooslim Brotherhood

  • JamesJ

    and Obama supports the Mooslim Brotherhood

  • Toronto Bird

    US Admin did not see the light. Kerry is covering up for Obama’s giant screw up in Egypt. Covering up for their blatant support of terrorists in the Middle East. The only reason they are coming clean now, is the threat of Russia filling in the vacuum they created in Egypt. Too little too late and good luck with that

  • Toronto Bird

    US Admin did not see the light. Kerry is covering up for Obama’s giant screw up in Egypt. Covering up for their blatant support of terrorists in the Middle East. The only reason they are coming clean now, is the threat of Russia filling in the vacuum they created in Egypt. Too little too late and good luck with that

    • Larry

      Russian wants to fill the vacuum. Obama wants to cut the U.S. down to size. It remains to be seen if they can as Russia’s economy is tanking.

  • Red

    A person just wants to scream listening to John Kerry.

    The Obama administration wanted “snap” elections after Mubarak fell from power. They knew that the Muslim Brotherhood was the most organized of the opposition parties and so would likely win. The other political parties did not have the name recognition nor the ability to organize due to the military government. The MB has been organizing since the 1920s. Albeit it has been suppressed, but it nonetheless has been able to organize. While the MB represents a plurality of people in Egypt it does not represent a simple majority of Egyptians. None the less the Obama administration and by support the Democrat party wants the MB (Islamicists) to rule.

    So WTF is Kerry talking about?

    “Snap election: Generally it refers to an election in a parliamentary system called when not required (either by law or convention), usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue”

  • Red

    A person just wants to scream listening to John Kerry.

    The Obama administration wanted “snap” elections after Mubarak fell from power. They knew that the Muslim Brotherhood was the most organized of the opposition parties and so would likely win. The other political parties did not have the name recognition nor the ability to organize due to the military government. The MB has been organizing since the 1920s. Albeit it has been suppressed, but it nonetheless has been able to organize. While the MB represents a plurality of people in Egypt it does not represent a simple majority of Egyptians. None the less the Obama administration and by support the Democrat party wants the MB (Islamicists) to rule.

    So WTF is Kerry talking about?

    “Snap election: Generally it refers to an election in a parliamentary system called when not required (either by law or convention), usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue”

    • Jack Katz

      The “snap election” was merely the culmination of our one trick pony prez agitating in Egypt, doing what he knows best, community organizing –thereby enabling his muslim bros to do what Obama has been schooled in all his life: bucking the system with hope & change in the style of Alinsky, Mao, Che and the Aitolla.

  • Larry

    Russian wants to fill the vacuum. Obama wants to cut the U.S. down to size. It remains to be seen if they can as Russia’s economy is tanking.

  • glpage

    Kerry is a rich, privileged, white guy and he’s disagreeing with Rice and Obama, he must be a racist.

  • glpage

    Kerry is a rich, privileged, white guy and he’s disagreeing with Rice and Obama, he must be a racist.

  • Texas Patriot

    Kerry’s reputation as an appeaser is vastly overrated.

  • Texas Patriot

    Kerry’s reputation as an appeaser is vastly overrated.

    • Charles

      Mr Kerry could have stayed as on as a senator and not given his tacit approval by joining the Obama administration.

      First Kerry was part of the Winter solider camping.

      Then he was part of the Nuclear Freeze movement. The USSR was deploying SS-20s in Warsaw Pact countries and yet the West was not suppose to counter with Pershing missiles according to the Nuclear Freeze protesters. the nuclear Freeze group was egged on and supported in various ways by the soviets.

      So it is hard for me to take Kerry seriously as someone to listen to on defense matters or foreign policy.

      • Texas Patriot

        Unfortunately, they’re all hard to listen to. But Kerry’s not as bad as some. Personally, I’m glad he’s in Obama’s White House. He’s never been a yes-man, and that’s probably a good thing in this administration.

        • Charles

          I had not noticed that about Kerry.

          I will have to watch for it.

  • Charles

    Mr Kerry could have stayed as on as a senator and not given his tacit approval by joining the Obama administration.

    First Kerry was part of the Winter solider camping.

    Then he was part of the Nuclear Freeze movement. The USSR was deploying SS-20s in Warsaw Pact countries and yet the West was not suppose to counter with Pershing missiles according to the Nuclear Freeze protesters. the nuclear Freeze group was egged on and supported in various ways by the soviets.

    So it is hard for me to take Kerry seriously as someone to listen to on defense matters or foreign policy.

  • Texas Patriot

    Unfortunately, they’re all hard to listen to. But Kerry’s not as bad as some. Personally, I’m glad he’s in Obama’s White House. He’s never been a yes-man, and that’s probably a good thing in this administration.

  • Charles

    I had not noticed that about Kerry.

    I will have to watch for it.

  • James Neighbors

    What?!?!?! Kerry saying Obama’s friends and allies stole the Arab Spring! For shame! LOL!

    Join the growing movement to remove Obama and clean up the govt. Go to overpasses . org NOW!

  • James Neighbors

    What?!?!?! Kerry saying Obama’s friends and allies stole the Arab Spring! For shame! LOL!

    Join the growing movement to remove Obama and clean up the govt. Go to overpasses . org NOW!

  • Jack Katz

    The “snap election” was merely the culmination of our one trick pony prez agitating in Egypt, doing what he knows best, community organizing –thereby enabling his muslim bros to do what Obama has been schooled in all his life: bucking the system with hope & change in the style of Alinsky, Mao & Che.

  • Drakken

    Russia’s economy is growing, our economy on the other hand is FUBAR.

  • tu_ne_cede_malis

    Remind me again why the Muslims should want modernity? Just look what it’s done to the West…