Egyptians Enraged by U.S. Brotherhood Outreach

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). 


2013-08-06T235142Z_1_CBRE9751UAE00_RTROPTP_3_EGYPT-PROTESTSOriginally published by PJ Media.

In the eyes of tens of millions of Egyptians, Senators John McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s recent words and deeds in Egypt — which have the “blessing” of President Obama — have unequivocally proven that U.S. leadership is aligning with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian media is awash with stories of the growing anger regarding this policy.

A top advisor to Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour formally accused McCain of distorting facts to the benefit of the Brotherhood. He dismissed McCain’s recent remarks as “irrational” and “moronic.” Ahmed al-Zind, head of the Egyptian Judge Club, has called for the arrest and trial of McCain for “trying to destroy Egypt.” The leader of the youth movement Tamarod (meaning “Rebellion,” against the Brotherhood), which played a major role in mobilizing the June 30 revolution, said: “We reject John McCain and call on the international community to let the [Egyptian] people decide their own fate.”

Secular political commentator Ahmed Musa asserted:

These two men have made more shameless demands than the Brotherhood themselves would dare.

[McCain] is not a man elected by the American people to speak on their behalf; today, he speaks on behalf of an armed terrorist organization — the Muslim Brotherhood. …  We had expected [better] from these two men who came to speak with the tongue of the Brotherhood’s leadership, as if they had been recruited as two new leaders of the Brotherhood, which killed, destroyed, and burned in al-Muqattam, and now in Rab‘a al-Adawiya [the main Brotherhood militant camp]. The only thing missing is to see them in Rab‘a, surrounded by armed groups, and in their midst Muhammad Badie [supreme leader of the Brotherhood] and [U.S. Ambassador] Anne Patterson. That’s all that’s missing! Here comes Brother McCain today saying that we must “release the [Brotherhood] prisoners”.

Are you not aware that these people are accused of murder? Are you not aware that hundreds of Egyptians have been killed at the hands of the Brotherhood, Morsi, Shatter, Qatatni, Badie, Baltagi — have you forgotten? Did you not read the report on what happened? Or did you just blindly accept your ambassador’s words that it was a coup, that 33 million people did not go out?

What did McCain do and say in Egypt to earn the ire of millions of Egyptians?

Most offensive to Egyptians — and helpful to the Brotherhood’s cause — is McCain’s insistence on calling the June 30 revolution a “military coup.” In reality, the revolution consisted of perhaps thirty million Egyptians taking to the streets to oust the Brotherhood. McCain is either deliberately misconstruing the event, or believes the story as told by Al Jazeera and Ambassador Anne Patterson. In this narrative, at least an equal amount of Egyptians did support Morsi, and the military simply overthrew him against popular will. Al Jazeera has actually broadcast images of the millions of anti-Morsi protesters and identified them as pro-Morsi protesters, disinformation which was quickly adopted by Western media.

Several Al Jazeera correspondents have resigned due to Al Jazeera acting as the Brotherhood’s international mouthpiece.

Fortunately, some American officials have formally rejected the narrative. A new congressional resolution states:

Whereas in recent weeks, an estimated 30,000,000 Egyptians in a majority of Egypt’s 27 provinces gathered to protest the widespread failures of former President Mohamed Morsi and the Government of Egypt and its violations of the most basic rights of all Egyptian citizens, including Egyptian women, minorities, and those publicly dissenting from its views and policies; Whereas the participants in the June 30, 2013, popular protests far outnumbered those involved in the protests and demonstrations of January and February 2011 …

Even the Obama administration has been sensible enough not to call the June 30 revolution a “military coup.” Nevertheless, McCain rejected John Kerry’s statement that “the [Egyptian] military did not take over.”

McCain’s designation raises other questions as well. If he considers the ouster of the Brotherhood government to be a military coup, why didn’t he extend that distinction at the fall of Mubarak’s more moderate government, which was also removed by the military in response to popular protests? If McCain’s argument is that Morsi was democratically elected and Mubarak was not, then why was the U.S. giving Egypt billions in aid for decades? Did not this aid legitimize Mubarak’s government no less than Morsi’s?

Further angering Egyptians is McCain’s insistence that all arrested Brotherhood members and other Islamists be released from prison. As Musa said, McCain’s stance does not address that Brotherhood leadership is awaiting trial on serious charges: inciting terrorism, causing the murder of Egyptians, and grand treason by conspiring with foreign powers against Egypt’s interests.

McCain claims he is simply interested in the human rights of the incarcerated Brotherhood members, a statement that is additionally curious. If human rights are at issue, why has McCain and the U.S. administration been ambivalent regarding the fate of Hosni Mubarak? Morsi faces perhaps more serious charges than Mubarak does, yet McCain calls for his release.

McCain’s call to release Brotherhood leadership validates the widespread belief in Egypt that America is a fellow conspirator with the Brotherhood. Egyptians believe the U.S. fears that Morsi and others, if tried, would reveal the nature of their cozy relationship with the U.S. government. This is believed to mean any number of ugly revelations — treasonous ties and conspiracies, the exchange of billions of dollars, and Sinai issues. Hence, McCain wants them freed. This belief seems all the more reasonable to Egyptians considering that in 2011, McCain said of the Muslim Brotherhood:

I think they are a radical group that first of all supports Sharia law; that in itself is anti-democratic — at least as far as women are concerned. They have been involved with other terrorist organizations and I believe that they should be specifically excluded from any transition government.

Recently, McCain personally visited Khairat al-Shater, the multi-millionaire deputy chief of the Brotherhood who is currently incarcerated on charges of treason and terrorism. Interestingly, Shatter was not even a member of Morsi’s government. Why is McCain visiting a civilian? Shater’s status as a major figure in the largest Islamist organization in the world is leading Egyptians to connect the dots. Even Shater himself, perhaps understanding the awful visuals, asked to visit “the legitimate president” Morsi as well.

U.S. media has said little aboutthe administration’s ties to al-Shater, however these ties are well-known among Egyptians: ambassador Anne Patterson was frequently seen going to Shater’s residence.

Egyptian media has also pointed out that McCain repeatedly dodged critical questions by Egyptian journalists at a press conference. When asked about the fact that the Brotherhood in Rab‘a was armed to the teeth, and — with the aid of al-Qaeda — was killing and terrorizing innocent Egyptians, McCain ignored the question. (Similarly, McCain has not answered as to why he is supports the jihadist rebellion in Syria, which has seen the slaughter and displacement of thousands of Christians, beheadings, and “legitimized rapes” by foreign jihadis. McCain is in favor of arming them.)

Many Egyptians are also wondering why McCain — as well as the Obama administration — is pushing for elections as soon as possible.  Such a rush contributed to the empowerment of the Brotherhood in the first place: once the long-entrenched Mubarak was removed from power, the only party that was organized and ready to campaign was the Brotherhood. Secular Egyptian parties wanted to postpone the 2012 elections in order to mobilize their campaigns, but the U.S. was adamant that Egypt hold elections immediately. When the military wished to perform a recount, citing irregularities in the elections — including widespread allegations of voter fraud by the Brotherhood — Hillary Clinton chastised them and called for a winner to be declared as soon as possible. This turned out to be Morsi, by a tiny margin — if that.

McCain’s remarks and actions in Egypt have further confirmed the popular narrative — as memorably displayed by countless anti-Brotherhood and anti-Obama placards raised during the June 30 revolution — that U.S. leadership is aligned with the Brotherhood, and thus ultimately a supporter of terrorism. Americans can no longer afford to ignore this serious accusation with broad implications.

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  • Fritz

    If McCain and Graham had been in either Canadian or British politics instead of in U.S politics they would have been kicked out of the Republican party long ago. There isn’t really much can do about McCain but in the case of Lindsey Graham he is facing a primary, be sure to donate and lend support to the most viable opponent, preferably a constitutional conservative if possible. If these morons want to act like left wing Democrats let them cross the floor and run as Democrats.

  • Fritz

    I don’t know what it is with John McCain with regard to Syria and Egypt, even the old U.S foreign policy standby of “the enemy of my enemy is a friend” makes no sense in either case. The Mubarak regime in Egypt, while far from being a model of Western democracy, was at least anti jihadist and was not aggressive to it’s neighbors like Israel. In the case of Syria, Bashar Al Assad is definitely a homicidal tyrant, but he is not a genocidal one unlike some of the rebels, and isn’t a jihadist. Neither party in Syria’s civil war is exactly an ally, so I can’t see how it is in anyone’s interest in the West to see Assad overthrown, it won’t help anything and if anything will make it worse.

    • nightspore

      If you don’t see what Islam is, then perhaps you will focus on violations of the democratic process and so forth in this situation. I suspect that McCain is like all the others that Dan Greenfield has characterized so well as desperately looking for ‘moderate muslims’ and finding them in anyone who does not espouse violence up-front – such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

      • joesph

        are you a fool or just following one? Sorry but the Muslim brotherhood espouses and conducts extreme jihad against anyone who is not MB…such as christians or secularists…I applaud the secularists of Egypt for throwing the MB out of office…the sweep to clean them up is the same as you would expect here in the USA when the government went after the SLA (remember them?) or the Weather Underground….You are a follower of the Muslim Brotherhood or else you would see that their murdering is in fact against ALL human values…they are an illegitimate political party at best…they are evil in their core and you are remiss in not calling it such.

        • nightspore

          I don’t know what to say to people who can’t read the text in front of them. Maybe the elliptical nature of the post was beyond your processing capacity. “If you don’t see what Islam is …” refers to McCain and Graham’s limited vision, not mine – or yours. (hint: I was criticizing McCain, not defending him. I also found it inspiring that the sane people of Egypt had the courage to fight back against the MB.)

  • Jeffrey Orr

    That is what the republicans need. Graham and Mcain.

  • geneww1938

    These are two of the worse traitors to our Constitution and our country’s freedoms and liberties.

    They are solid One World Government underlings that are working hard with legislation and bad politics to be equal the financial devastation caused by Sorros, Rockefeller, and Rothschild the other communistic funding agents.

    • Fritz

      I prefer to keep away from many of the conspiracy theories, as the saying goes never attribute to malice that which can be explained by sheer stupidity. McCain is an senile old goat who was past his prime ten years ago, even more so now. Lindsey Graham is just a blithering idiot, always has been, there is a reason that Mark Levin compares him to Goober off the Andy Griffith show.

      On the surface those conspiracies seem to tie all of the events together. However I’ve noticed that when you look at the details up close they quickly become like the face on Mars. In terms of the three names mentioned, the Rockefellers are even in the top 50 in the U.S in terms of their fortune. The Rothschilds are much the same, several generations living off off great granddady’s money, even in the late 19th century they were small fries compared to J. Pierpont Morgan.
      As for George Soros, you are quite correct, unlike either the Rothschilds or the Rockefellers he actively engages in political manipulation in various countries, not to mention insider trading and stock manipulation. Another two fellow travelers to Soros to be aware of is Maurice Strong and Paul Desmarais. Marice Strong is up to his neck in the carbon emission trading fraud and green energy scams much like Algore. Paul Desmarais was the head of the Power Corporation and owner of one of the French banks that laundered oil-for-food money for Saddam Hussein, he’s a political racketeer tied right in with the Liberal party of Canada.

      • geneww1938

        Your right on … correct

  • hpe reader

    McCain and Graham seem to be doing the equivalent of supporting Castro had there been a successful conclusion to the bay of Pigs fiasco. Think about it.

  • CaptainCurmudgeon

    Traitors

  • Solo712

    It is sad but the US foreign policy motto seems to be : destabilize first, analyze the disaster later ! I am afraid this did not start with Obama. Clinton and G.W. Bush behaved the same way.

  • Jillian Becker

    John McCain says and does things like this because he is a rather stupid man, although he is a genuine hero. Compare him to John Kerry, who is a fake hero and a very stupid man.

  • antioli

    Tell the Egyptian Democracy forces the American people support their struggle against the Dictator. We can only be puzzled at how McCain and Graham keep getting re elected when they are so disrespected by the American people.

  • Phillip McAllister

    http://tinyurl.com/lczdcq2 McCain, a former war hero, sells out Egypt (and the US) to the brotherhood by taking lage checks signed by King Abdullah.

  • corday_d_armont

    The people of Egypt find McCain “Irrational and moronic”.
    It’s too bad the people of Arizona haven’t figured that out yet.

    • Ellman48

      Great comment Corday. I was impressed with the Egyptian people’s ability to perceive the true nature of the Brotherhood and Morsi in such a short period of time. Americans who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 still haven’t figured him out. They keep buying the same snake oil remedy from him even after 5 years. Egypt must be lacking the indoctrination system we have here in our public school system and the news media must be more objective and impartial, or maybe welfare hasn’t corroded their judgement yet.

      • Fritz

        Unlike under the regime of B.O, or as I like to call hem “Fearless Leader”, Morsi and the Brotherhood attempted to take control and rework Egyptian society through intimidation and brute force. “Fearless Leader” and the Chicago mob uses the intimidation factor, at least through using government entities like the IRS to intimidate political opponents, but uses offers of free crap to buy votes rather then using gangs of thugs to make sure the wrong voters stay at home.

      • joesph

        the American people are just the kind who want to remain asleep…just let me work and get paid and live a good life and so what if other countries are pounded into dust….just let me sleep…I feel safe when I’m asleep…and so the American people sleep while the house burns down around them..but we love them so we still try to wake them up…..

  • kenaan

    I can’t pull out any of the tremendous amount of hatred and drudge against Muslims and Islam religion from the heart of Mr Raymond ,but in the absence of logical interpretation of the Egyptian events two months ago I’d like to remind the objective reader with some remarks: 1- Dr Mohammed Morsi has been elected through the ball box ,as in all democratic countries .2- No one told the Egyptian people that legislation of nominees will be according to crowds of demonstrators ,and this in fact let the action of collecting demonstrators in the streets means nothing more than freedom of expression but not a means to change >3- During the past 6 weeks the Islamist crowded more people than “Tamarrod”movement did in June 30 ,but with the help of a well financed media Tamarrod could have a powerful propaganda .4- The wealthy Gulf states paid covertly many billion dollars to compensate demonstrators in Tahrir Square to leave their business and gather to topple the Islamist regime.

    • Fritz

      So what is Morsi was elected, so was Robert Mugabe, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin, but all are or were tyrants, and most of the so called elections they had were either rigged or had one name on the ballot. What we had an example of in Egypt under the brotherhood was not a representative democracy it was mob rule by plebiscite. They were much more interested in establishing an Islamic state then they were in getting the economy going, and they paid the price.

  • Linda

    McCain and Graham are just mouthpieces in stiff shirts. Go to You Tube and watch the video “Sama Elmasry_”You Obama, Your Father, Mother” Hey Obama. You will see what the Egyptians think of our dictator!

  • duskinc2

    As an Arizonan, it’s time for McCain to retire. I agree with Fritz-the only reason I can attribute to his stance on Egypt and arming the Syrian jihadists is because of senility.

  • LindaRivera

    Of course, U.S. leadership is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood are top FAVORITES of the Obama administration.

    The stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is global Islamic conquest and the DESTRUCTION of Western civilization.

    Muslim Brotherhood operatives have been placed into positions of enormous power in the U.S. government. The MB help to make both foreign and domestic policy.

  • LindaRivera

    America has no right to tell Egypt or ANY other country what they should do.

    In the last couple of weeks, immoral U.S. leaders have intensely pressured Israel to release from jail the most barbaric, bloodthirsty Muslim terrorists.

  • herb benty

    McCain as the consumate Progressive, resulting in fake Republicanism. That McCain would tow the Left’s line on it’s, “Islamic buddies” and downplay the will of a vast majority of Egyptians is UnAmerican. Obama slyly uses a “Republican” as a built-in scapegoat. The Chicago way is ugly, Obama”s ideology is not only passe’, but we realized the ” Business is evil” mantra the left trumpets, is wrong. Business, unhindered by government is the ANSWER.

  • UCSPanther

    Obama and his administration were fools to try and install the MB into power in Egypt, and the Egyptian Army righted that wrong on behalf of their people.

    I hope it is ultimately successful and the MB’s credibility as a regime is destroyed for generations to come.

  • Ellman48

    Why would McCain and the Obama regime support the dictatorship of the Muslim Brotherhood but reject that of the secular Hosni Mubarak? It is absolutely clear that their have a strong bias towards the Brotherhood. My guess is that we have another potential Obama scandal here but we’re missing vital information that would suggest an answer to the question: why Morsi, but not Mubarak? Someone is influencing the White House to support the MB but who is it? And why?

    • Ellman48

      Why would two Republicans (instead of Democrats) go to Egypt as spokespersons for Obama and the Brotherhood? This makes no logical sense! Did these morons think that Republicans could persuade the Egyptian people more than the Democrats or anyone in the regime? What was in this for McCain and Graham? Caesar’s gratitude, to be repaid at a later date? This regime is not full of scandals. It is one!

  • USA Retired

    Aligning with the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered a treasonous offense, as they are Americas worst enemy! McCain has a history of treasonous offenses starting in Vietnam.

  • joesph

    the evidence of America asleep at the wheel is that John McCain is still in the Senate…still in Congress. The people are blind to his foolishness and betrayal of the rule of law…those MB people are murderers and John wants to pretend they are of civil society…they are not.