The Obama administration appears to be reaping what we warned against sowing – a Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt. The Ikhwan (Brotherhood) has reneged on its pledge not to offer up a presidential candidate. This is what clear-thinking people knew would happen if Mubarak was toppled. White House spokesman Jay Carney explained the decision by the White House to welcome the Brotherhood members.
“It is a matter of fact that the Muslim Brotherhood will play a prominent role in Egypt’s political life going forward,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today defensively when asked the names of the Muslim Brotherhood representatives who met with the White House.
What’s not being challenged is the White House’s role in putting the Muslim Brotherhood in this position by not backing Mubarak last year.
Here is more information about the red carpet treatment received by Brotherhood officials at the White House, Via AFP:
White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.
The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt’s revolution last year, a US official said.
There is one name that is consistently being touted as the Brotherhood’s choice. We will soon be publishing an article about what is likely happening (hint: it involves Muruna).
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said on Saturday it would nominate Khairat al-Shater, a professor of engineering and business tycoon, to contest Egypt’s first presidential election since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak last year.
The Islamists, who control parliament, had repeatedly said they would not put forward a member for the election in order to mitigate fears that they were trying to monopolize power.
Here is video of Ikhwan leaders explaining why they have decided to put forth a candidate in the presidential elections.
Reutuers is reporting that Khairat al-Shater is saying things that are very provocative to westerners:
The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency, Khairat al-Shater, declared that introducing sharia law would be his “first and final” objective if he wins elections in May and June.
Making his first reported statements since the Brotherhood’s surprise decision to field him in the elections, Shater also promised to reform the Interior Ministry which long played a leading role in suppressing dissent.
Watch this man very carefully. He is also running for president of Egypt, was expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood, and is caught practicing Muruna in this video:
Has Futuh really left the Muslim Brotherhood?