Kerry Rebelled Against Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Agenda for Egypt

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An alternative headline? John Kerry now more Pro-American than Lindsay Graham.

Asked about the Kerry-Rice split on Egypt policy, Graham said, “I’m in the Susan Rice camp.”

It’s not really a Rice-Kerry split. It’s a split between the radicals in the White House and the rest of the government. And Kerry, like Hillary, is in the peculiar position of being to the right of the Center for American Progress radicals running the show.

I bet that’s not something he thought could ever happen.

Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions.

The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry’s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.” The now public rift has been simmering behind the scenes for months and illustrates the strikingly divergent Egypt policies the White House and the State Department are pursuing.

Why was Susan Rice ordering Kerry to say anything at all is a good question.

Susan Rice is an amateur trainwreck who owes her position to her timely support for Obama. Her record under the Clintons was terrible and Obama made her his National Security Advisor as much out of spite at the backlash over Benghazi as anything else.

Rice has no real leverage to give those kinds of orders.

“John Kerry doesn’t agree with Susan Rice on big portions of our Egypt policy, and he made a deliberate and conscious decision not to mention Morsi in his Cairo meetings,” an administration official told The Daily Beast. “Susan Rice wasn’t happy about it.”

That doesn’t mean that Kerry hates the Muslim Brotherhood. He agrees that it should be included, but he thought that the MB and Obama were unrealistic in wanting to see Morsi back in power.

The Muslim Brotherhood has slowly come around to that point of view.

Well before Kerry and Rice disagreed publicly on Egypt, the White House and the State Department clashed privately over the administration’s Egypt policy. During a months-long administration review of U.S. military aid to Egypt, the State Department and Defense Department pushed internally to preserve most of the assistance, while the White House insisted most military aid be suspended, pending more progress by the Egyptian government.

“There are real differences in the fundamental approach to Egypt between Susan Rice and John Kerry,” said one Washington Egypt expert with close ties to the administration. “We wouldn’t have had any aid suspension at all if it had been up to John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.”

That much has been obvious for a while. But again, it shows what a mess things are when Kerry is suddenly the conservative voice of reason.

In Egypt, officials are receiving diverging messages from the U.S. government’s various parts, causing confusion as they try to decide how to react to recent U.S. actions. For example, the administration has not told the government of Egypt what exactly it must do to get the partial aid suspension lifted, said a source close to the Egyptian government.

Smart power. That’s not what it looks like.

  • Texas Patriot

    This is simply another unfathomable development in the second term meltdown of Obama’s presidency. John Kerry is not a bad actor and neither is Chuck Hagel, and it does not surprise me that they were in favor of continuing military aid to Egypt’s transition government. What does surprise me, and what seems almost unfathomable to me, is that anyone in the White House would be in favor of returning the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt after the overwhelming uprising by the Egyptian people.

    Is there any way to investigate what is going on with this? Where is Susan Rice getting her ideas? What is motivating her? Why is Obama leaning in her direction? Who’s behind all of this? As illustrated by Raymond Ibrahim’s recent article, the Muslim Brotherhood has been totally exposed and discredited, and charged with war crimes by Egyptian lawyers. Instead of being returned to power in Egypt against the will of the Egyptian people, it should probably be investigated and re-characterized as a terrorist organization. Why isn’t that happening?

    There just seems to be a total disconnect from reality about this situation at the highest levels of Obama’s administration. Don’t they understand the message of Muslim demonstrators worldwide on September 11, 2012: “Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama!” Why don’t they wake up to what is going on? Is it a money thing? Is so much money flowing into the orbit of the President’s inner circle that they’re blinded by it? Are they all already looking for hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions once Obama leaves office? How much is he being promised for his Presidential Library? For his post-presidency Charitable Organizations? What else could possibly be driving this bizarre turn of events.

    • truebearing

      Kerry and Hagel aren’t bad actors? Hagel is an idiot and Kerry wants to sign a deal that will lift sanctions on Iran and allow them to acquire nuclear weapons. How much worse can he get? What Obama and Kerry want to do in Iran is far more serious than the Obama administration’s blundering in Egypt.

      • Egyptian

        Kerry is wise and seems honorable. Egyptians fought on the front line for USA in Iraq, most casualties. The sanctions being lifted doesn’t mean nuclear weapons, Kerry isn’t stupid

        • truebearing

          Kerry seems wise….but he isn’t. He is not honorable either. While I’m happy that he isn’t currently supporting Obama’s pro-Morsi agenda, he can’t be trusted and he will do the bidding of Obama eventually.

          • Texas Patriot

            TB: “Kerry seems wise….but he isn’t.”

            Well, you don’t, and you aren’t.

          • Drakken

            Coming from someone like you who voted for Comrade Obummer, I’ll take a hundred TBs over useful idiot leftist like you any day of the week.

          • Texas Patriot

            That doesn’t surprise me in the least.

        • Moa

          Greetings from New Zealand.

          The people of Egypt overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) jihadis was phenomenally great! Egypt should be for all of its people, not just the MB and Salafists.

          Keep up the great work. Ignore the White House, they side with the enemies of the People of Egypt – and the whole World knows it.

          Liberty for all!

      • Texas Patriot

        If I were you, I’d be careful who I called an idiot. Someone might get the bright idea to ask who are you to call anyone an idiot.

        • Drakken

          Your the one not up on current events and are wishing for those non existent unicorns. Kerry is a traitor and Rice is the poster child of affirmative action. This entire administration is a complete clusterfk and you bloody well know it.

          • Texas Patriot

            How is John Kerry a traitor?

          • Drakken

            Oh for christs sake really? Look at his past, and it is sure as hell an indicator of what he is going to do in the future. He just through Israel under the bus to appease the Iranians, he is giving away the store for any type of deal with Iran, and they will get a nuke if Kerry gets his way, open your bloody eyes!

    • Tidewriter

      According to the Egyptians, Barack Obama is up to his neck with the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the funding of al Qaeda extremists. They say promises were made. I gather most of the Middle East is aware of this. So far he has alienated several of our former allies and succeeded in involving the U.S, in Sunni/Shiite conflicts throughout the region – go figure.

    • Drakken

      Are you on drugs? Kerry and Hagel not bad actors? Your wishful thinking again comes to the forefront and your ignoring of reality is stunning, go figure, you voted for Obummer twice so why are we not surprised.

      • Texas Patriot

        Perhaps we have different definitions of bad actors. Even if you disagree with their politics, both John Kerry and Chuck Hagel fought in Vietnam and served their country with distinction in the field of combat. The only way you could argue that either one of them is a “bad actor” is that they do not subscribe to your theory of wholesale human slaughter as an appropriate tool of foreign policy. To each his own.

        • Drakken

          Policies of appeasement always make way for war. Ole Kerry did not serve with distinction, he threw his fellow servicemen under the bus, fk Kerry. Hagel did his time and was nothing special and is nothing but a puppet at the Pentagon. You might want to learn what ole Kerry was doing in Paris during the peace talks with N Vietnam.

          • Texas Patriot

            John Kerry is Secretary of State, not President. He doesn’t make policy, he carries out orders. If you disagree with our foreign policy, criticize Obama, not Kerry. John Kerry is a war hero who fought in Vietnam with distinction and then tried to end an insane war that made absolutely no sense. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger are the ones who threw the American soldiers in Vietnam under the bus, and kept them trapped there in a jungle nightmare with no possibility of winning and no possibility of escape. In his bloviated and goofball way as a 27 year old Harvard graduate, John Kerry was trying to get our soldiers out of Vietnam, nothing more, at a time when almost no one else was. He could have done a much better job of it, but he was on the right side of things from the standpoint of American soldiers. And so was Chuck Hagel. You’re off base in attacking these two American war heroes, and you should apologize.

          • Drakken

            Kerry? War hero? Are you effing kidding me? He is the very same turncoat that called his fellow vets war criminals, threw his medals away, and circumvented the peace process in Paris and cost more American lives you bloody leftist cool aid drinker. So your either being obtuse or you fell off the liberal shortbus after licking one to many windows, so good luck with that kumbaya singing and don’t forget to put the COEXIST sticker on your Prius.

          • Texas Patriot

            You’re the one who doesn’t get it.

    • J.

      It’s not a money thing, if anything he has an agenda to fulfill. Whether he’s being used because of his ideologies or because he’s the token black president, he’s being used by those “charitable organizations” if you may call it to systematically collapse the financial system, bring in civil unrest to our streets possibly by deliberately leaking scandal, or with his one of debacle policies, goal here is despot world government, world currency, and world rulers, order out of chaos if you will.

      • Texas Patriot

        My take is that the guy is in way over his head and doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. Is he being “used” or “manipulated” by direct or indirect contributions or promises of massive amounts of foreign capital in order to induce him to act in a way that is contrary to the best interest of America? I don’t know.

        From my perspective, I think we need to investigate that, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if there is something going on that we don’t know about, and it could easily be financial in nature. Nothing else could really explain Obama’s bizarre and irrational support for the Muslim Brotherhood in contravention of the clear will of the Egyptian people.

        But until we see the evidence, I think Obama is entitled to the presumption of innocence under American law like anyone else.

  • truebearing

    At least Kerry isn’t stupid enough to listen to Rice. That’s more than we can say for Obama.

    • Texas Patriot

      But what can we say for you?

  • Egyptian

    I almost didn’t believe my eyes when I read Obama wants Mursi back in power. I voted for Obama in 08. I regret that. Mursi broke out of jail with Hamas, allegedly, in January 2011, ordered killing of Christians in December 2012, which the army refused so brotherhood carried it out. He was trying to sell land belonging to the close to 100 million Egyptians (HOME AND ABROAD) to other countries, allegedly. That is treason and disrespect to people who lost their lives fighting to defend our land. I STILL THINK BROTHERHOOD RIGGED THE ELECTIONS AND VIOLENTLY PREVENTED MOST OF THE 10 MILLION COPTIC CHRISTIANS. Obama I want my insurance back. THERE WAS NO COUP IN EGYPT. THE POLICE PROTECTED THE CITIZENS OF RABAA, WHO WERE HELD HOSTAGE. 33 MILLION OF 52 MILLION ELIGIBLE VOTERS SIGNED A PETITION AND PROVIDED ID# TO REMOVE MURSI. BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS THREW KIDS OFF ROOFTOP, KILLING And ROBBING THEM. BROTHERHOOD DOESN’T REPRESENT ISLAMIC TEACHING. A MUSLIM COUNTRY DOESN’T NEED MUSLIM PARTIES.

    NO MORE LIES, NO MORE BROTHERHOOD WHO PROMISED NOT TO RUN A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN THE LAST ELECTION IN ORDER TO BECOME UN…FORBIDDEN. LIARS. HOW COME US GOVERNMENT DOESN’T have PEOPLE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THEIR FIELD VOTING ON LAWS, WHAT MAKES A CONGRESSMAN/SENATOR COMPETENT TO VOTE ON HEALTHCARE. WHAT GIVES OBAMA THE RIGHT TO TAKE OUR HEALTHCARE AND GIVE IT TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T WORK? ISN’T that COMMUNISM?

    YOU PROMISED ME NO CHANGE TO MY HEALTHCARE, I VOTED FOR YOU AND NOW I FEEL DUPED. COULDN’T You HAVE PUT A CAP/CEILING ON INSURANCE PRICES? HOW About SOMETHING USEFUL? U WANT PEOPLE TO PAY MORE TAX AND HAVE WAY WAY MORE EXPENSIVE HEALTHCARE? HOW ABOUT A CEILING?

    • A Z

      The Muslim Brother hood rigged elections? Really?

      I believe it even though many liberals do not.

      We rig elections in America very often also. LBJ rigged many elections. He even had a photo of him with a ballot box in question after an election to rub in the fact that he stole an election.

      Al Franken was the beneficiary of a rigged election.

      There were over a thousand fraudulent votes in the Gregoire election. It had the same MO as the Franken election.

  • edlancey

    “Susan Rice is an amateur trainwreck who owes her position to her timely support for Obama.”

    Unfashionable as it may be to say so, I can’t help but notice how many of Obama’s senior appointments are the same colour (more or less) as Rice, although most of them don’t have your shoulders and longshoreman’s gait.

    • Drakken

      Affirmative action at its finest, and it shows. I can’t wait until this train wreck finally crashes and burns.

  • Charlotta Jones

    Obama and Jarret had been negotiating with Iran since 2009 and left Clinton and Kerry out of the loop. Then they sent Kerry to negotiate a deal that had already been sealed by Obama and Jarrett. Unreal. Kerry knew he was suckered and used for a fool.

  • Jason

    A leopard never changes its spots. Kerry might be a ‘moderate’ on this issue, but he’s just below Neville Chamberlain on the list of all time appeasers.