The Muslim Brotherhood pledged that it would not run for the Egyptian presidency. They have since reneged on that promise (are you shocked?). While visiting Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who has been known to go back on a word or two – didn’t seem to much mind.
Via CNS News:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sidestepped an opportunity Sunday to question the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to abandon its pledge not to run for the Egyptian presidency in upcoming elections. This is the latest move by the veteran Islamist organization to consolidate its hold on the country.
Responding to a question while visiting Istanbul, Clinton did not mention the Brotherhood by name, saying only that the U.S. would “watch what all of the political actors do and hold them accountable for their actions.”
“We want to see Egypt move forward in a democratic transition – and what that means is that you do not and cannot discriminate against religious minorities, women, political opponents,” she said.
Clinton was asked whether the Brotherhood’s announcement was cause for concern, given its earlier pledges, but did not answer directly.
Again, this is nowhere near anything that wasn’t predictable. The first solid indication came as soon as the celebrations kicked off at Tahrir Square, when Wael Ghoneim was forced off the stage so Yusuf al-Qaradawi could steal the spotlight.
Hillary Clinton is obviously well aware of all of this. Again, why would she be ok with a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt?
Lest we forget that her Deputy Chief of Staff and closest aid, Huma Abedin, has extremely close familial ties to the Brotherhood? Her mother – Saleha Abedin – is a leader in the Muslim Sisterhood. Clinton also seems quite interested in helping to overthrow Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. That is important because none other than the Muslim Brotherhood would benefit from such an outcome.
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