New book sheds light on Barack Obama’s support for Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

Or at least the article does, intentionally or not. Source: Barack Obama, ‘lackey’ of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Barack Obama’s administration was divided over the unexpected upheaval that threatened the regional status quo, starting in the winter of 2011-2012.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton favoured supporting President Hosni Mubarak to the bitter end, whereas Obama – almost alone among the members of his cabinet – thought otherwise.

However, over and beyond these differences of opinion, all agreed that what mattered most was the defence of American interests, that the issue of democracy was not a priority.

As a senior State Department official explained to the author: “First you lean into the idea of Mubarak leading a transition. When that doesn’t work, you lean into Omar Suleiman, and when that idea goes down, too, you think, ‘Okay, let’s work with the SCAF’.”

What did the US government think of the Muslim Brotherhood? In the spring of 2011, the State Department had no contact with anyone inside what was soon to become the most influential political force in Egypt.

As one member of the National Security Council told the author: “We didn’t know anything! Advisers to Clinton at the State Department and staff on the Egypt desk at the National Security Council drafted a cable formally instructing the embassy in Cairo to reach out to the Muslim Brothers. But it was over a month before the diplomats complied.”

The first contacts were mostly fruitless and many American policymakers, high-ranking military and intelligence officers feared the election of Mohamed Morsi.

The Pentagon began referring to the presidential advisers as the ‘White House jihadi’ or ‘the Muslim Brotherhood caucus’

The run-off in June 2012 gave rise to violent debates behind the scenes, all the more so as the very influential Saudi and Emirati lobbies in Washington wanted his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq to win.

“Many in the American military and intelligence agencies dreaded the prospect of an Islamist president of Egypt, too,” Kirkpatrick writes. “But given the generals’ [poor] performance so far, a rigged Shafiq victory seemed to guarantee only continued chaos.”

Washington’s gamble – or at least that of the White House – was twofold: First that the Muslim Brotherhood, the most powerful and best organised Egyptian political party, could undertake the economic reforms necessary to stabilise the country again; and secondly that Morsi’s de facto support of the Israeli-Egyptian agreement would strengthen American influence in the region.

The second gamble paid off, the first did not. A full-scale test came in November 2012 after the Israeli offensive against Gaza and Hamas.

Obama contacted Morsi personally and the latter promised to bring Hamas to the negotiating table.

Ben Rhodes recalled the episode: “The ceasefire talks had been going nowhere before Morsi stepped in. And he delivered. He kept his end of the bargain. He surprised even the sceptics.”

And Steven Simon of the National Security Council told Kirkpatrick: “It was a litmus test for Morsi, and he passed with flying colours. He was indispensable.”

The reward was not long in coming, Hillary Clinton went to Cairo in person to announce the ceasefire agreement and to thank Morsi, “for assuming the leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace.”

And when Morsi’s foreign affairs adviser, Essam el-Haddad went to Washington a few weeks later, he was surprised to obtain an impromptu meeting with President Obama himself.

These events had two consequences: They fuelled a campaign in Egypt denouncing Obama’s alleged support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and convinced Morsi that the support of the American administration would prevent the army from taking action against him. Ensuing events would show how wrong he was.

“By April 2013, the Emirati-based satellite network Sky News Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, and other Emirati-linked Egyptian media were all railing against a supposed American plot to bring the Brotherhood to power, with Ambassador Patterson as its ringleader.

“The Gulf-based satellite networks were full of accusations that she was a Brotherhood ‘lackey,’ ‘an old hag,’ or an ogre. They claimed that she had pressured the Egyptian government to rig the election.”

The Pentagon began referring to the presidential advisers as the “White House jihadi” or “the Muslim Brotherhood caucus”. Obama quickly restored the military aid. Washington had put paid to democracy in Egypt.

This book ultimately offers a rather unflattering portrait of a procrastinating President Obama, incapable of imposing his options on his own administration and a president who certainly did not himself regard democracy as a priority for US foreign policy. With serious consequences.

As Mohamad Soltan, an Egyptian-American member of the Brotherhood, jailed by the junta before being deported to the USA, explained to the author, “the one thing that everybody in the prison had in common – the IS guys, the Muslim Brotherhood guys, the liberals, the guards, the officers – is that they all hate America.”


The Obama administration claims they didn’t know anything about the Muslim Brotherhood prior to the spring of 2011. That’s a blatant lie. That Obama supporting the Brotherhood was a conspiracy is also a lie. 

As we reported throughout the Obama error, both Obama and Clinton (and Kerry) worked with the Muslim Brotherhood (starting with his first speech) and with Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood clearly has members in the United States.

The “lackey” in the Alaraby article title actually refers to Anne Paterson, Obama’s envoy to Egypt, whom many Egyptian people hate(d).

4 thoughts on “New book sheds light on Barack Obama’s support for Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

  1. A lot of folks sworn Barry O wasn’t muslim, but I beg to differ and I ‘ve always believed he was. Obama said in Africa that he “was the first American born in Kenya”, so pretty easy to figure out.

  2. This is not the whole story. Morsi was conscripted by the CIA back in his college days in Southern California. That was the 80’s. He was a conduit. The election of Morsi was so rigged and I know because I was there and witnessed the Brotherhood in action. They traded ID cards for food and blankets and drove the poor to polling centers in return for cash. There was a hierarchy. The top people working the voting schemes were given cars and cash. They conscripted others to work for them for money and food. The poor were the driving force. Give them perks and they will vote. Morsi wanted to divide Egypt up giving part of the Sinai to Gaza and part of Upper Egypt to the Sudan. It was at that point most of his supporters starting seeing him and the Brotherhood for what they really were. And don’t forget the Brotherhood was created by the British back in 1928 to oust the monarchy and support the unions. This was not a new phenomena but an operation that had been in the works for decades. And what about the 8 billion that was handed to Morsi by Patterson directly. And why did an American delegation have to visit Morsi in prison (he was there man after all).

    • The Muslim Brotherhood goes way back to the 19th century when Hassan al-Banna went to the US and found it so decadent he went back to Egypt and founded the MB. Could nt cope with men and women socialising together and touching each other when they danced. He, like his son who followed him, Sayed al-Qtub died in jail but his son Tariq Ramadan carries the name on and is now a visiting Professor at Oxford, presently defending two rape charges.
      He is also thought to be the author of the” Muslim Brotherhood Project” written in Switzerland around 1969 which some how got into European hands – can be found on line – on how to take over the west by using our own democratic electoral systems against us.
      And this has worked in UK where they started buying up properties in particular working areas, filled them with Muslims and when the council elections came up they put up local muslims for the council positions and won because they outnumbered the last of the whites who had not fled. Second largest city in England, Birmingham. They plan to build a major mosque in the city centre, run the city in a sharia compliant manner. The call to prayer will be heard for twenty miles diameter and the joke is that unlike other mosques who have to ask their town council permission if they want these loud adnans blasted out of the minarets five times a day luckily all the town council is muslim unlike the mixed councils elsewhere. But inch by inch they are replacing the indigenous peoples of UK and anywhere else they can. This is why these immigrants should be well separated around the country so they cannot form huge voting blocs in any one town.

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