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U.S. is Getting Cozy with Muslim Brotherhood

Maybe Michelle Bachman’s concerns aren’t so off-base

Rep. Michelle Bachman is under fire from Democrats and Republicans for her sharp, if caustic, criticism of a senior State Department adviser who, she and others allege, has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review takes a sober look at the Muslim Brotherhood sympathies of Huma Abedin, one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top advisers. Sure, her mother is involved in the Brotherhood’s Sisterhood, but what’s more important is how the United States has actually been cooperating with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The State Department, McCarthy reports, awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the chemist daughter of Sheikh Yusaf al-Qaradawi. Which is a bit weird given not only how many people apply for Fulbrights, but also the fact that the sheikh’s religious edicts have approved suicide attacks against Israel and Americans in Iraq.

And then there’s all this, according to McCarthy:

“Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; […] announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population.”

and much more. Read about it at National Review Online (2 pages).


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