DNI James Clapper: Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular”. NBC’s Richard Engel, Say what?

This administration just can’t seem to get it right on Egypt and frankly it’s a bit scary because these are the folks charged with keeping us safe. Yesterday’s comment by DNI James Clapper at a Congressional hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is largely secular was more than even NBC’s Richard Engel could stand. As the Instapundit always says, the nation is in the best of hands.

Seat aside this administration was for Mubarak stepping down before they were against it before they were for it, this is more than even the kindest Obama supporter could stand, isn’t it. Yesterday the Director of National Intelligence told Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is largely secular.

Well, even as Andrea Mitchell is quoting this on air yesterday at 1:30, Richard Engel, listening in Egypt, could not believe his ears and chimes in quickly. Note that Engel knows this region as well if not better than any journalist out there. He has virtually lived in this part of the world for 10 years. It was too much for him to bear.


Andy McCasrthy chimes in on this one too, as only Andy can.

James Clapper, the head of intelligence for the United States of America, has explained to Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular.” It further has “eschewed violence,” decries al-Qaeda as a “perversion of Islam,” and really just wants “social ends” and “a betterment of the political order in Egypt.”

I kid you not.

This is the Muslim Brotherhood whose motto brays that the Koran is its law and jihad is its way. The MB whose Palestinian branch, the terrorist organization Hamas, was created for the specific purpose of destroying Israel — the goal its charter says is a religious obligation. It is the organization dedicated to the establishment of Islamicized societies and, ultimately, a global caliphate. It is an organization whose leadership says al-Qaeda’s emir, Osama bin Laden, is an honorable jihad warrior who was “close to Allah on high” in “resisting the occupation.” The same leader who insists that “the history of freedom is written not in ink [i.e., constitutions] but in blood [i.e., jihad].”

Remember now, this is the same DNI that did not know about the London bomb plot a few months ago. Unreal. Here’s the Clapper moment.


9 replies
  1. Wayne SW
    Wayne SW says:

    To testify as an expert, you don't really need to be an expert at your proclaimed topic of expertise…..you only need to sound like an expert to those who will gobble up your B.S.  Perhaps "Clapper" is only an expert in shoveling B.S.

    A perfect fit for this White House!

  2. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    My late father had a cryptic description for ineptitude.  It fits this administration's reaction to events in Egypt perfectly.  He would say they, "stumble, blunder, fart, and fall down."

  3. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    This administration simply will not recognise the Religion of Hate "n Death for what it is.  I quote the Muslim Brotherhood's motto: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our Law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope".  This is secular???  It should also be noted that they came out with an extremely hard line statement in the fall of last year that was unreported by our press. That they are recognised as the relatively most moderate political group in the region is immaterial.  

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Muslim Brotherhood is to secular as Clapper is to intelligent.


    Sometimes, oblivious just isn't an effective adjective for some people.

  5. David R
    David R says:

    U.S. wooing of the Muslim Brotherhood started in the Eisenhauer administration and increased in GWB's second term, with the CIA taking a lead role. Those who criticize current actors in foreign policy fail to realize that America is a practical nation that would support a Hitler if it was to our benefit. Democracy in other nations has never been something we are that fond of, when we can buy off a dictator instead. Fledgling democracies are messy and too difficult to control. Supporting a Mubarak or Pinochet, Sadam Hussein is simply good business and good for short term national interests. Google "Muslim Brotherhood" for some interesting reading about this complex movement and our history with it.

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Let the Egyptians take care of their own country, for God's sake!! What can they possibly learn from us? We just poured money into it and to the wrong hands for decades!

  7. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I can't believe it, but Sammy 22, you are right. If we still keep paying money to stabilize countries we will only further weaken our own. We no longer are the TOP DOG. We have been replaced. No more aid to others.

  8. OkieJim
    OkieJim says:

    Ut oh. Maybe we should become isolationists. The people in charge of foreign policy and intel have lost their grip. Let Egypt develop as it will. Here is the guideline that would guide me were it my job (which it, thank God, is not): if people with serious skin in the game need funding to fight for their freedom, then consider giving it to them; otherwise stay the h*** out until war is declared against us. We should have learned by now that we cannot manipulate outcomes.

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