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  • February 2, 2013

    Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood


    Nearly two-thirds of them voted to give weapons to the Egyptian government.

    By Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO

    The F-16 — headed to the Muslim Brotherhood

    I’m done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering America’s enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him.

    Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm — of a piece with 2011’s Libya debacle, in which Republican leaders cheered as Obama, upon consulting with the Arab League, ignored Congress and levied war on behalf of the very jihadists who, quite predictably, have since raided Qaddafi’s arsenal, besieged northern Africa, and massacred Americans in Benghazi.

    A few weeks back, the John McCain & Lindsey Graham roadshow made its way to Brotherhood Central in Cairo, with newcomer Kelly Ayotte in tow. Senator Ayotte appears to have filled the void created by Joe Lieberman’s retirement — after all, when you have Republicans, who needs another Democrat? The former trio is best remembered for its Tripoli triumph of late 2009, when the three kicked back in the Qaddafi compound and toasted our newly cozy relations with the dictator. The bipartisan solons then winged their way home in time to second the Obama State Department’s increase in funding for the Libyan dictator’s regime. After all, they reasoned, Qaddafi was our hedge against Libya’s jihadists. As is their wont, though, the solons soon dazzled us with a 180, suddenly deciding that what we really needed to do was back Libya’s jihadists in their war against Qaddafi. The rest, as they say in Mali, is history.

    So the GOP brain trust now brings this Midas touch to Egypt, rallying behind Obama’s cozy relations with the new “Islamic democracy.” That would be the Brotherhood’s rapidly unraveling sharia basket case, into which our own bankrupt government has so far sunk nearly 3 billion U.S.-taxpayer dollars, with more billions soon to come through U.S.-backed IMF loans and, yes, sophisticated U.S. weaponry. Any moment now, as it was in turbulent Libya, the ground in Egypt is certain to shift, or crater. When it does, who knows whose side the senators will have us on . . . and who knows what American enemies may be wielding that U.S. weaponry? 

    Senator Paul, by contrast, has three ideas that seem positively batty to the McCain gang. First, he thinks that American foreign policy ought to be premised on American national interests, not on the shifting notions of “global stability” popular at the Wilson School and the Council on Foreign Relations. Second, he suggests that when we give aid and arms to anti-American Islamists, bad things tend to happen to America. Finally, Paul believes the foundation of American foreign policy is, of all quaint things, the United States Constitution. The Framers gave Congress not merely the authority but the duty to thwart executive excess. On the international stage, that primarily means the power of the purse, which enables the people’s representatives to defund such madness as the arming of Islamic supremacists.

    So Senator Paul tried to stop weapons transfer. His amendment, however, was defeated79–19, because 23 Republican senators opted to follow the lead of McCain, Graham, and Ayotte. They joined all Senate Democrats (and a couple of nominal “independents” who are, in effect, Democrats) in voting to “table” the Paul Amendment. “Tabling” is a bit of procedural chicanery, allowing senators to defeat Paul’s amendment yet pretend to the folks back home that they didn’t actually vote “against” it.

    Don’t be fooled. The choice here was simple: Stand with the Muslim Brotherhood or stand with the American people. Nearly two-thirds of Senate Republicans went with the Brothers.

    Let’s be clear about whom Republicans have voted to arm. In late 2010, as I detail in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, Mohammed Badi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood, called for violent jihad against the United States and Israel. The “Supreme Guide” gleefully added, “The United States is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise.” The Brotherhood took pains to post this speech on its Arabic-language website, reflecting its official position.

    Badi’s sentiments would have been no surprise to anyone who had been paying attention. It had not been long, after all, since the Holy Land Foundation trial, in which the Justice Department proved that the Brotherhood regards the core mission of its U.S.-based affiliates (such organizations as CAIR, the Muslim Students Association, and the Islamic Society of North America) to be, as the Brothers themselves put it, “a grand jihadin eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” by “sabotage.” Prosecutors further demonstrated that the Brotherhood’s principal activity in the U.S. since the late 1980s has been the financing and promotion of Hamas, a formally designated terrorist organization to which it is a serious federal felony to provide material support. Lo and behold, since the moment the Brotherhood took power in Egypt, promoting and legitimizing the leadership of Hamas has been at the top of its agenda.

    Mohamed Morsi, a leading Brotherhood official, became Egypt’s president last summer — just as his close associate, the aforementioned Supreme Guide, was railing that all Muslims, including rulers, must “wage jihad in Allah’s way” in order to reverse the “usurpation” of Palestine by the “murdering Zionist criminals.” In his very first public pronouncement after winning the presidency, Morsi called for the United States to release Omar Abdel Rahman. That would be the “Blind Sheikh,” who is serving a life sentence for terrorism convictions, and who has been credited by Osama bin Laden with issuing the fatwa that approved the 9/11 attacks. Al-Qaeda quite sensibly gleaned that fatwa from this statement about Americans that Abdel Rahman made following his conviction:

    Muslims everywhere . . . dismember their nation, tear them apart, ruin their economy, provoke their corporations, destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, . . . shoot down their planes, [and] kill them on land, at sea, and in the air. Kill them wherever you find them.

    In addition to calling for the Blind Sheikh’s return to Egypt, where such sentiments are common, Morsi has directed the release of many terrorists who had been incarcerated during President Hosni Mubarak’s tenure — Mubarak having had a close counterterrorism partnership with the United States. Morsi further failed to protect the American embassy from being overrun by Islamist rioters. When, after several calls from an embarrassed White House, Morsi finally dispersed the rabble-rousers, he left intact the longstanding encampment where Egyptians continue to agitate for the Blind Sheikh’s release.

    Prior to his election, Morsi promised that his top imperative would be the imposition of sharia, Islam’s totalitarian legal code and societal framework. He has been true to his word, recently orchestrating the imposition of a new sharia constitution — the heavy-handed gambit that has horrified minorities and sent Egypt reeling into its latest chaos. Sharia constitutions are apparently fine with Senator McCain these days, but as we saw in his vertiginous positions on Qaddafi, the GOP’s guru of choice is not exactly a model of consistency on this point.

    In a 2011 interview with Der Spiegel, the senator declared, quite correctly, that “sharia law . . . in itself is anti-democratic — at least as far as women are concerned.” Thus McCain then insisted that the sharia-driven Brotherhood — which he accurately described as “a radical group” that “has been involved with other terrorist organizations” — “should be specifically excluded from any transition government” in Egypt. Yet, now that the Brothers are the government, McCain would have us to arm them.

    Meanwhile, under Morsi’s leadership, Egypt is seeing the widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. In many areas, police and Islamist vigilantes now enforce sharia standards on the streets, just as they do in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Andrecordings recently surfaced of Morsi calling Jews the “descendants of apes and pigs” — “blood-suckers” for whom Muslims “must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred,” including “hatred . . . for all those who support them.” [Memo to Republicans: “Those who support them” refers to . . . the American people.]

    I could go on, but as Beltway supporters of America-hating Islamists like to say, “What difference does it make?” Still, just in case it makes any difference to you, here are the Republican senators who shamefully voted to provide Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government with F-16s and Abrams tanks: Alexander, Ayotte, Barasso, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Enzi, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Toomey, and Wicker.

    Kudos to the 18 Republicans who joined Senator Paul in trying to stop the arming of America’s enemies: Boozman, Coats, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Fischer, Grassley, Heller, Lee, Moran, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, and Vitter. Common sense is on their side. Sadly, history is sure to follow, and probably soon.

     Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the executive director of the Philadelphia Freedom Center. He is the author, most recently, of Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, which is published by Encounter Books.

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  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:13 pm | 12 Comments »

    12 Comments to Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood

    1. Canadian Otter says:

      Follow the Money? It takes millions to run for congress. Those funds must come from somewhere.

      Dare to question Islamism in US govt – lose your job – the case of Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann

      From her position on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., dared to question the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of our government – and because of it, her job may be in danger. –

      But there’s much more than money motivating the executive branch.

      Active recruiting of Muslim Brotherhood by the State Department

      Meanwhile, the D.C. watchdog Judicial Watch has uncovered evidence the State Department is covertly recruiting Muslims to work as U.S. Foreign Service officers. One recruitment effort by the State Department took place at a recent convention sponsored by the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America. Both groups are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. MAS was founded as the Brotherhood’s U.S. chapter. –

    2. Dean says:

      Now that the American government has been completely infiltrated by Islamists, the only hope is in “we the people.” American foreign policy is not about isolationism as some articles profess, it is about Islamization. A complete Stockholm syndrome has descended on the nation. Historical comparisons would be akin to arming the Soviets during the cold war and sending aid, bullets and Zyklon gas to Nazi Germany during WWII. Has America lost its collective mind?

    3. yamit82 says:

      Dean Said:

      Has America lost its collective mind?

      Yes, and long before the current administration.

    4. Laura says:

      It’s long past time to form a truly conservative third party.

    5. yamit82 says:

      Canadian Otter Said:

      Active recruiting of Muslim Brotherhood by the State Department

      Legacy of Nazis in America

      The Nazi Nexus/The Nazi Takeover of America:

    6. Alan says:

      In Arizona they had a choice between Wil Carmon, who would have secured the borders, opposed Obama, and would most certainly have opposed this, but the GOP establishment whitewashed the pro-ILLEGAL policies of the grinning dunce Jeff Flake and shoved him down the voters throats. Mark my words, he will vote pro-Obama 100 percent of the time, he voted for Shamnesty and the DREAM Act, he voted for this, and he’ll vote to confirm Hagel too. Arizona Republicans – you’ve been “had”.

    7. Canadian Otter says:

      @ yamit82:
      Excellent! Thank you, Yamit, for the online version of the book Hitler’s Shadow – Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence, and the Cold War. Although modern legend portrays the US as the absolute nemesis of the Nazis, reality is quite different. There was collaboration before the war, during (in the Allied refusal to stop the mass destruction of Jews), and in the aftermath, in the hiring of Nazis by US intelligence services. ~~~~~ On the other hand, the Israeli government has become willing part in the GREATEST HISTORICAL DECEPTION the 20th and 21st century: that the ‘Palestinians’ have legitimate claims to Judea and Samaria and that Arabs can be ‘partners for peace’ in exchange for the surrender of large portions of Jewish land. The truth is that they are the New Nazis ~~~~~ The Mufti of Jerusalem worked closely with Hitler in the specific plans for the extermination of the Jews. And right after the war, escaped Nazis and Western security agencies helped in the arming and training of the Muslim Brotherhood as an instrument for the destruction of Israel. ~~~~~ The current ‘Palestinian’ leadership does not even hide its Nazi ideology. Abbas recently praised the Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, and PA anti-Semitic propaganda surpasses in viciousness that of the Third Reich. ~~~~ US machinations behind the Arab Spring to empower and legitimize the Muslim Brotherhood, and the ongoing arming of Egypt and other Muslim countries with US war planes and technology are the latest link in the 2000 year old effort to destroy the Jews. John Loftus has done extensive research on the subject.

    8. C.R. says:

      What few can get their small minds around is this–the majority of those in the republican party are like minded with those of the Marxist democrat party–the R and D are largely irrelevant–as both have basically merged and become one; e.g., this is the reason the republican party chose John McCain and then Mitt Romney–if they had won, they for the most would have been the same as Barack Obama. Both parties are one and have the same goals–notwithstanding the rare individuals who stand for liberty.

    9. C.R. says:

      @ yamit82:
      This isn’t news–I have known for a long time about the Nazi-Marxist takeover of the USA–of course most are pathetically ignorant and haven’t a clue to the evil which surrounds them!

    10. C.R. says:

      As I have written before–the USA under the communist anti-Semite Barack Obama and his anti-Semite administration is deliberately destabilizing and overthrowing more moderate Arab governments in favor of the Nazi Muslim Brotherhood–and they are arming them for the coming war against Israel, in the hope of destroying Israel–the criminal Obama administration is literally insane!

    11. Abdul Ameer says:

      It is very clear that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy because they have said so on many occasions. It is also very that Obama &Co., together with the Republican elite, have been supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. There used to be a word for a person who aided and abetted our enemy. What was that word again?

    12. the phoenix says:

      Abdul Ameer Said:

      What was that word again?