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07-02-2013 4:41 am - Special Report - World Tribune
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has launched a drive for a U.S.
alliance with the ruling Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, a leading
analyst said.

Analyst Barry Rubin asserted that Obama has formed a U.S. strategic alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries. Rubin, director of Israel’s Gloria Center, said Obama signaled his intention to establish such an alliance as soon as he entered office in 2009. “For all practical purposes the closest allies to the United States are no longer Israel, Saudi Arabia, and a moderate Egypt, but an Islamist Egypt, an Islamist regime in Turkey, and the Syrian rebels led by the Brotherhood,” Rubin said in a recent analysis.

Rubin said the Brotherhood alliance formed the basis of the U.S. security doctrine in the Middle East. He said the doctrine was concealed from the American people, although hinted in Obama’s speech in Cairo in 2009. “Two and a half years ago, who would ever have thought that the United States would enter an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood?” Rubin asked.

Other analysts agreed. The Investigative Project on Terrorism has traced White House invitations to leading members of the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. On June 13, Obama hosted Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayahall, vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by Qatar’s
Yusef Qaradawi, himself banned from the United States.

“The IUMS has a long history of supporting Hamas — a top Hamas leader is an IUMS member — and of calling for Israel’s destruction,” IPT, in a report by Steven Emerson and John Rossomando said.

The White House portrayed the invitation as part of the administration’s Muslim outreach program. Bin Bayahall, seen on his website in White House meetings, was said to have met senior officials, including then-National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

“The White House visit also raises questions relative to the degree the Obama administration is willing to go to court the Muslim Brotherhood both at home and abroad,” IPT said.

A poll shows that Obama’s courting of the Brotherhood has divided the nation. In a June 22 survey by Rasmussen Reports, 51 percent of likely U.S. voters regard what was termed radical Muslims as a bigger threat than the conservative Tea Party movement. Only 29 percent of pro-Obama respondents agreed. “Conservatives overwhelmingly see radical Muslims as the greater terror threat,” Rasmussen said on June 27. “Liberals are fairly evenly divided between radical Muslims and the Tea Party.”


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