Egypt’s Hatred for Anne Patterson

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


obama_pattersonOriginally published by Gatestone Institute.

Why do millions of Egyptians, including politicians and activists, consider Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s “stooge”—as she is so commonly referred to by many in Egypt, from the media down to the street?

In America, some are aware of matters, such as that “Patterson in particular resisted opportunities to criticize the Morsi government as it implemented increasingly authoritarian policies. In a memorable May interview with the Egyptian English-language news sit[e] Ahram Online, she repeatedly dodged pointed questions about Morsi’s leadership. ‘The fact is they ran in a legitimate election and won,’ she said….  Republicans from Texas Senator Ted Cruz to House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce have pounced on statements like these, increasingly seeing Patterson as the key implementer for a policy that at least offers tacit support to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Following the Egyptian media, however, one discovers that the reasons Egyptians dislike Patterson are many and unambiguous.

Last week, for example, El Fagr reported that, during their most recent phone conversation, Patterson demanded that Egypt’s recently appointed Supreme Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, release all Muslim Brotherhood members currently being held for questioning:  “And when Sisi rejected this order, the American ambassador began threatening him that Egypt will turn into another Syria and live through a civil war, to which Sisi responded violently: ‘Neither you nor your country can overcome Egypt and its people.’”

Earlier, Patterson was reported as “trying to communicate with General Sisi, demanding dialogue with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, and concessions to them,” to which Sisi reportedly retorted: “Stop meddling in our affairs… the Egyptian people are capable of looking after their own welfare.”

These are just the latest samplings from Egypt concerning the ambassador’s attempts to reinstate the Brotherhood to power.  The day before the fundamentalist Salafi “Nour” party withdrew from negotiations with Egypt’s interim government, Al Nahar reported that Patterson had “incited them [the Salafi Nour Party] to tamper with the political scene and the road map and to threaten to withdraw from political participation if Dr. Muhammad Baradei becomes elected as Prime Minister…”

There is also widespread belief that Patterson’s “meddling” in Egypt’s affairs is not limited to General Sisi and the Egyptian media.  Several of Egypt’s revolutionary forces, including Tamarod, which played a pivotal role in the June 2013 revolution, are preparing to stage a protest in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo “calling for the ejection of ambassador Anne Patterson.”

Even Muhammad Heikal—“the Arab world’s most respected political commentator” and for over 50 years an Egyptian political insider—said during a live interview that  Patterson had assured the Muslim Brotherhood’s Hisham Qandil, who under Morsi was Egypt’s Prime Minister, that “there are many forms of pressure, and America holds the keys to the Gulf.”

Such blatantly pro-Muslim Brotherhood actions are what have led most Egyptians, including politicians and activists, to see Patterson as the Brotherhood’s lackey.  In fact, one Egyptian politician, Mustafa Bakari, concluded that “in my opinion, she [Patterson] is a member of the sleeper cells of the Brotherhood, likely recruited by Essam al-Erian or Muhammad al-Baltagi.”

Then of course, it is widely known that in the days leading to the June 30 Revolution, Patterson called on Egyptians not to protest—including by meeting with the Coptic Pope and asking him specifically to urge the nation’s Christian minority not to oppose the Brotherhood, even though Christians were naturally the most to suffer under Morsi, especially in the context of accusations of  “blasphemy,” and are the most to suffer now, in retaliation to the Brotherhood’s toppling.

These reasons and more demonstrate why Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, is a disliked figure in Egypt.  More importantly, they also demonstrate the unambiguous pro-Muslim Brotherhood policies of the current U.S. administration.

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  • OfficialPro

    because Obummer is a Brotherhood stooge, and Obummer appointed her…

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic
  • wildbill2u

    Never forget the contempt that Muslims hold for women as part of the reason for their hatred. It would be bad enough if a male diplomat was pushing the Brotherhood line for Obama. To have a woman in a position of power in regard to their government’s actions (and hence their lives) makes it all the more degrading to them.

    We keep sending women diplomats into Muslm countries without any regard for their cultural biases against women. Might as well send a Jewish ambassador–but I doubt we have many Jews in the State department as part of our own elite’s cultural biases.

    • Moodz Mool

      @ Wildbill, hi first.
      Am Moe from Egypt, am a moderate Muslim, With all do respect to your opinion; I believe that only “Muslim brotherhood” and the rest of weird brotherhood(the extremists as general) have issues with their women, or women as all, neither us, nor our Christian brothers and sisters have issues, our religion didn’t teach us to be like this with women, infact we learn how to treat women right, anyways, all religions and moderate concepts or I don’t know the name teach moralities and how to be a good person and bla bla bla, for example i may do a forbidden thing like alcohols; yes it’s forbidden lol, but i would never run a cat or a bird in the street, these weirdos are bombing people now in Sinai because they want their democracy back, this is bullshit man…

      • bobbykraken

        islam and the culture is practically still stuck in the dark ages. no enlightenment, no reformation

    • Joseph

      if we had a Jewish ambassador we might finally get real intel….

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Mr. Mustafa Bakari has it right. The woman is a Muslim Brotherhood operative wielding the power of the USA in the name of Obama in order to distabilise Egypt. This has been the order of the day ever since Obama took Office. He is an unabashed America hater and pro-Islamic Terrorism. Only a stupid nation such as ours could have elected a Muslim after 9/11.

    • Joseph

      so is Huma Abedin…….

  • alRassooli

    Before Barrak H Obama was elected I proved beyond a reasonable doubt (based entirely on his utterances and books) that he was at that time a closeted Muslim. Nothing has changed my mind five years later by just looking at the following irrefutable facts:

    1 His first call to any statesman the instant he entered the white house was to a Muslim Arab

    2 He forced Hosni Mubarak to allow the Muslim Brotherhood ( the enemies of humanity) attend his speech
    3 His speech in Cairo glorifying Islam, its tolerance and its achievements while right under his nose the Coptic Christians were being terrorized and humiliated

    4 He admitted that the most beautiful sound in the world (from his perspective) is the Muslim call to prayers.

    5 He helped remove a 30 years ally of the USA H Mubarak and replaced him with the Muslim Brotherhood

    6 He helped get Qaddafi of Libya murdered (no threat to the USA) and had him replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood

    7 He did not authorize US forces to save the Benghazi Americans and let them get slaughtered by the followers of the Muslim Brotherhood

    8 The Egyptians REVOLTED against the MB (whom they elected democratically) because Morsi the head of these thugs was attempting to replace the rule of law with Sharia, the nemesis of Democracy

    9 Obama and his lap bitch Patterson SIDED with the enemies of Democracy, of the USA and of Humanity, the Muslim Brotherhood

    It is time for Congress to IMPEACH Obama for a multitude of acts of TREASON!

    IQ al Rassooli

    • bobbykraken

      1. so what

      2. that should be normal in a free country

      3. this was very unethical of him but given that the majority of this country is muslim this is standard procedure of crooked polititians

      4. thats just his opinion

      5. he did not help very much, he let the people of egypt overthrow him but he made sure that the egyptian military always has the last word (see military aid and the overthrow when they were fed up with mursi)

      6. qaddafi was no real threat to the us but he was a major financier of terrorism. main proponents in this lybia war where france and brittain, the us stepped to help their allies because they werent capable of carriying out such a mission (essentially a war)

      7. dont know about this situation, didnt care much for that event (i am not a us citizen and for ppl outside the usa this was not a major “event”

      8. some egyptions revolted, but not the majority. there were big issues politically but so severe that a revolt was about to start

      9. obama is a hypocrite, he talks in favour of muslims but backed the military coup overthrowing the morsi government. (just think about the 1.3 billion in military aid)

      • Joseph

        the majority of which country? USA? If so then the sky is a bit bluer when you pull your head out far enough. al Rasooli is correct in his analysis…..

    • KhidonNOR

      Hi IQ al Rassooli!

      I know you from YouTube. Great that you comment here and provide your wisdom and reflections.

      What do you think about Syria? To me it makes absolutely no sense that we are providing weapons to FSA and Al-Qai’da.

      Unless we have some kind of deal. No terrorism on our soil, and we will make sure that forces that are fighting for the Khilafah are supported by the West.

      To me it is just insane. Would be interesting to hear your take on it.

      • alRassooli

        Hi Khidon

        Glad to know that you have been on my You Tube

        The West should leave the Arabs/Muslims ALONE in their internal affairs

        There is not a SINGLE Fundamentalist Muslim entity that would be a true friend of the West because that would go against the laws of Sharia

        No deal will EVER be honoured by Muslims with Kuffar/ Infidels. Again this is mandated in Sharia

        Fundamentalist Muslims are the enemies not only of the USA and Israel but ALL humans who are not Muslims (currently 80% of humanity)

        It is infinitely more informative about what Islam truly is watching each sect of Islam slaughtering the other than getting involved in their internecine wars

        Not a single American soldier should sacrifice his/her life supporting one faction of Muslims against another

        IQ

  • onecornpone

    Maybe those Egyptian barbarians will give Ms Patterson the Chris Stevens VIP treatment…

  • Ellman48

    Morsi is probably telling Patterson that unless he’s restored to power he will reveal details about Benghazi which will bring Obama down just as he’s been brought down by Egypt’s democratic movement. Obama will probably regret not having Morsi sign a non-disclosure agreement (as he did with the Benghazi survivors) to protect himself from the truth being revealed about Benghazi. Is it any wonder why he spends so much time on Air Force One? He must feel very safe and unencumbered when traveling in the skies. It’s hard to imagine a better place to hide from criticism and scrutiny. It also is the perfect excuse for not knowing what is going on in the country and for dodging responsibility. As long as he’s flying above the clouds he can’t be held responsible for what’s happening below the clouds. Reminds me of the Mafia Godfathers who would be the furthest away from a crime they ordered, alibis prepared in advance, the propaganda organs ready with plausible explanations and excuses.

  • Broder

    “Stooge” is a good word. It could be used interchangeably with the word “employee” when referring to 90% of the people working in our Government.

  • bobbykraken

    i see a big dilemma in this egypt situation. mursi was democratically elected and this now is a textbook military coup. the problem is that for us only those democratically elected governments are “legitimate” that are governed in a way we like. (essentially freedom for the inhabitants, a market economy, not a regional threat to our allies etc)
    the problem is that the majority of muslim populations want a type of government that is basically a religious state with not very much freedom and also agressive to some of its neighbours (israel for example).

    so we cant sell them “democracy” because they (the majority of the population) dont know what is “good” for them.

    this is a problem.

  • Hossam Ragheb

    Rotten strategies implemented by incompetent ppl !!

  • Joseph

    Egypt must stand with Israel, alone, until some person with integrity can reclaim the WH…….