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Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

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recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region.

Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context:

Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases.

The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events known as the “Arab Spring” erupted in Tunisia and in Egypt. The President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements (emphasis in bold added throughout).

And we have certainly witnessed this shift.  Chaos and the Islamic ascendancy in the Middle East and North Africa never flourished as under the Obama administration—and precisely because the administration shifted from supporting stability under secular-minded autocrats.

The most significant example of this is how the Obama administration threw Hosni Mubarak—a U.S. ally for three decades—under the bus in order to support the Islamists, most specifically the Muslim Brotherhood.  And we saw how that ended—with another revolution, hailed as the largest revolution in human history, with the average Egyptian accusing Obama of being a terrorist supporter.

To this day, PSD-11 remains classified, in part because it reveals an embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view of trends in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

“Embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view” is synonymous with the “orthodox and mainstream view pushed forth by Mideast studies professors and academics,” especially those with political influence, such as the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.  Such programs, which I’m only too well acquainted with, begin with false—that is, “embarrassingly naïve and uninformed”—premises, namely: that the source of all the region’s woes are (formerly) U.S.-propped autocrats (reality is that dictators don’t create such societies but rather are the natural outcome of Islamic societies and are the ones most prone to keeping law and order—compare Iraq under Saddam and Iraq now, as a “democracy,” with “ISIS” proclaiming a caliphate).

Mideast academics have also long spearheaded the idea that there are “moderate” Islamists and “radical” Islamists, and that the U.S. should work with the former (in reality they are all radical—to be an Islamist is to be radical—the only difference is that the “moderate” Islamists don’t wear their radicalism on their sleeves, even as they work toward the same goals that the more open “radicals” work for, namely, a Sharia-enforcing caliphate).

The revelations were made by Al Hewar centre in Washington, DC, which obtained the documents in question.

This too is significant. As Daniel Greenfield writes: “Al-Hewar, which actually got hold of the documents, is linked to the International Institute of Islamic Thought… which is a Muslim Brotherhood front group.  Figures in the Muslim Brotherhood had threatened to leak understandings with Obama Inc. This is the next best thing. It warns Obama that if he tries to forget about them, they can prove that the relationship was official policy.”

To be sure, after the ousting of the Brotherhood in Egypt, several Brotherhood members made, sometimes not so veiled, threats to expose the Obama administration if it turned its back on them, including top ranking Brotherhood member, Khairat al-Shatter’s son.

Through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, thousands of pages of documentation of the US State Department’s dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood are in the process of being declassified and released to the public.

If and when these thousands of pages are released, they should be combed through, as no doubt answers to many of the Obama administration’s hitherto inexplicable policies in the Middle East will be found—to wit:

US State Department documents obtained under the FOIA confirm that the Obama administration maintained frequent contact and ties with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood. At one point, in April 2012, US officials arranged for the public relations director of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Gaair, to come to Washington to speak at a conference on “Islamists in Power” hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Indeed, despite the administration’s later insistence that it did not favor the Islamists over other parties, anecdotes implying otherwise were constantly on display.  In Egypt alone, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson, due to her close ties not just to President Morsi, but the Muslim Brotherhood in general, became such a hated figure in the months before last year’s anti-Brotherhood revolution.

A State Department Cable classified “Confidential” report says the following: “Benghazi Meeting With Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: On April 2 [2012] Mission Benghazi met with a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood steering committee, who will speak at the April 5 Carnegie Endowment ‘Islamist in Power’ conference in Washington, D.C. He described the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to form a political party as both an opportunity and an obligation in post-revolution Libya after years of operating underground.

These documents on the Obama administration’s connections with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya are especially disturbing in the context of earlier revelations made in Arabic media, including that the Brotherhood’s Libyan wing was very much involved in the 9/11 Benghazi U.S. consulate attack.

Another State Department paper marked “Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)” contained talking points for Deputy Secretary of State William Burns’ scheduled July 14, 2012 meeting with Mohammad Sawan, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was also head of the Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. The document is heavily redacted, but nevertheless provides clear indication of Washington’s sympathies for the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as a major political force in the post-Gaddafi Libya. The talking points recommended that Secretary Burns tell Sawan that the US government entities “share your party’s concerns in ensuring that a comprehensive transitional justice process is undertaken to address past violations so that they do not spark new discontent.”

“To address past violations so that they do not spark new discontent” is another way of stating another popular position among Mideast professors, namely that whenever Islamists engage in violence or terrorism, that is proof positive that they have a legitimate grievance, hence the US must “appease” lest it “spark new discontent” (perhaps the true backdrop of Benghazi).

The Burns paper described the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: “Prior to last year’s revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood was banned for over three decades and its members were fiercely pursued by the Gaddafi regime.

In light of all the chaos the Islamists have been responsible for in Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, et al—is it now obvious why Arab autocrats like Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak, and currently Bashar Assad have always “banned” and “fiercely pursued” the Brotherhood and its affiliates?


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  • Bro. Nick

    How does any thinking ‘Amerikan’ CHRISTian expect anything but chaos and disorder from this country of Apathy and Apostasy, which is led by Pres. Obama and his
    GOD HATING, Allah exalting administration?

    1 HELP, LORD; FOR THE GODLY MAN CEASETH; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
    2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
    3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
    4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
    5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
    6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
    7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
    (Ps 12: – KJV) – Capitalization mine – Bro. Nick

  • Dan Nowotarski

    Great and informative article, Thank-you Raymond Ibrahim.

  • Guy

    Since these documents are only a confirmation of what we already know, and since there are no strong forces in the field to demonstrably vote our “keepers” out, it looks like the elections later this year will give only a slight lift and it looks even doubtful that the Republicans will take the Senate or, if they do, by only a small number of sheets over Democratic seats.

    2010 isn’t going to happen again. We ought to be discussing why.

  • Michael Sievers

    Obama is a Muslim. If you do not believe that, your just plain stupid.

  • David McElroy

    Why did the author not mention that Obama’s half-brother in Kenya is the chief financial officer for the Muslim Brotherhood? Or that he is siphoning funds from Washington D.C. to the Islamic terrorists?

  • dia61

    GREAT article, Raymond. Does everyone remember when Obama announced to the world that Turkey’s Erdogan was his great friend? What? That’s when I started to get nervous. Michael Rubin NAILED it years ago. ( Google some of his older articles). The “dots” have always been there. But now, those dots are forming a clear picture. Keep on writing, educating, and telling the truth because silence is compliance. The Saudis have been buying power for a long time now. It’s time to see the game for what it is and to stop it from getting any worse.

  • sharon oliveria

    We Knew It, Our Spirit’s Bore Witness To It, They Praised Him as Pure Gold, The Lord showed Me before 1st Election “He Is FOOL’s GOLD” I never used those term’s In My Life, & so It was to be Revealed, Now what do we do? Pray as Never before,Will There be a New Pres for next Election, I don’t believe He will Step down,Except Mighty Men of God Do Now! Reveal All of Him, All Of Him, His Birth-C Who He stand’s With Reveal ALL of Him such as these paper’s & there’s More Before He use His SELFIE-LAW’S To Proclaim Himself Dictator & Call For M-Law, He’s Behind Border-Children & They Have illness That have NO! Cure,to be spread all over US This Is SHAMEFUL when will He be stopped before we are too! Sick to Fight Jesus God Help Us!

  • barbarakelly

    Since the time he was elected, I some how knew who he was and I only so evil. There was something about him that just didn’t fit right. It was if I saw a 2sided coin, one side shiny and the other side dark and hidden. I didn’t sleep that night but tossed and turn and just knew we were in for it. The day of his oath taking he went and in a vault all his history and his many lawyers didn’t release any info on him to reporters. And now you know why he is not to be trusted. What we do know has been leaked out in tiny bits. And still we don’t know the whole truth. PEOPLE= HE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED ON ANYTHING. He is following the NWO agenda. If we don’t fight smartly we will lose our country, the USA to the United North America. Get the picture. We will not be individuals. We will be numbers. Just like Hitler did. on the L fore- arm. Why do you think that obama has been tearing us apart. Putting us like a 3rd world country. Look closely to what he has been destroying . Money, Military, our defenses, our health. Everything has been done for a purpose. Taxes up, gas up, our homes. Food is up. Which is going to mean trouble for all of us. Check how the farmers and ranchers have been doing and who’ll see what I mean.!!!

  • Susan Geary

    Yikes. Since I am watching up to the truth here, I know how to pray more. I kind of suspected, I was hoping I was wrong. Thank you for your article.

  • tdiinva

    This goes back to Paul Pillar, the former National
    Intelligence Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. Pillar even wrote an article in the NYT
    stating that the US had nothing to fear from radical Islam. It was democratizing force that would be friendly
    to the US. He wrote this in the summer
    of 2001. John Brennan, formerly of the
    NSC and now DCIA is one of Pillar’s protégés.