TIME Magazine (almost) gets a clue 2.5 Years Late

Is it any wonder why TIME Magazine is running on fumes? Two and a half years after the Arab Spring began in January of 2011, the liberal rag spent a few paragraphs entertaining the notion that Barack Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood. After writer Jay Newton-Small spends an entire article presenting claims and evidence that Obmama does support the Muslim Brotherhood, he asserts at the end that it’s not true.

A mind-numbed liberal in denial sure is a vexing phenomenon.

TIME Magazine dips toe in water of reality, promptly pulls out.

TIME Magazine dips toe in water of reality, promptly pulls out.


There seems to be something of a disconnect between who Egyptians think America is supporting, and who America actually is supporting in Cairo. In the U.S., story after story has been written about how the Obama Administration has bent over backwards not to call this latest change in government a “coup” and has been relatively muted in its reaction to the deaths of so many civilians – upwards of 1,000 in the last week alone.

Yet Egyptians remain convinced that President Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi. At a lunch at the Egyptian Ambassador’s residence on Thursday, Dr. Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, bluntly warned a small gathering of journalists and policy wonks that he fears, “America is losing Egypt…There is a very strong perception that they are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and they are against other parties,” he said.

The perception began even before the Egyptians elected Morsi, Abou el-Ghar said, when Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee, met with members of the Muslin Brotherhood in February 2012 but not representatives from competing parties. The headlines were: U.S. Warms to the Muslim Brotherhood. It was furthered when U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson criticized Egypt’s military for interfering in July when opponents deposed Morsi. That view has become more widespread since, with the Pentagon’s decision to defer delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt and the Administration’s review of aid to Cairo.{emphasis ours}

After citing an exchange between State Department ventriloquist dummy Jen Psaki and a reporter, in which Psaki calls for the release of Mohammed Mursi, the TIME author doubles down and dismisses all of this evidence with this concluding paragraph:

Clearly, Obama doesn’t support the Brotherhood over the interim government. I’d argue he probably doesn’t support the interim government over the Brotherhood, either. Obama has said time and again that only the Egyptians can decide their future. But he may want to make it clear to Egyptians that he has no ulterior motives here and no secret preferences.

We appear to have misspoken. After 2 1/2 years (and counting), TIME is still clueless.

In June of 2011, we proved the connections of Huma Abedin, then Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, to the Muslim Brotherhood. In August of 2012, Barack Obama publicly defended Huma Abedin at a White House Iftar dinner.

Here is an interview between Walid and Michael Medved back on January 31, 2011, during which Walid called on the Obama administration to forcefully denounce the Muslim Brotherhood because it is America’s enemy:

h/t Northern Thoughts for the interview.


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