Muslim Brotherhood

Stop the Presses! Arab Leader Hates Jews

Featured image So, the person the Obama Administration has placed all our chips on in Egypt, the supposedly moderate Mohamad Morsi (pay no attention to the Muslim Brotherhood behind the curtain), turns out not to like Israel or Jews.  As the New York Times reports this morning: Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for »

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote that the “Arab Spring” is coming to Iraq. Perhaps I should have said that it has already arrived. As Reuters reports: Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of Sunnis have staged demonstrations, and in Anbar province they have blocked a highway to Syria in a show of anger against Maliki, whom they accuse of marginalizing their community and monopolizing power. The discontent is real, but »

The Episcopal Church: Nothing Like Consistency (With Comedy Video Bonus)

Featured image The very first newspaper op-ed article I ever published, way back in 1984, was about All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, which has long had a reputation as a leading “progressive” parish. I wrote about attending a meeting where a group of parishioners were reporting back on a recent visit to the newest workers’ paradise, Nic . . .—now just wait for it!!—yes, indeed, it was Nicaragua (or “KNEE-car-AHHH-gua,” if »

Obama doubles down on the Muslim Brotherhood

Featured image The Muslim Brotherhood is a virulently anti-Western Islamist outfit committed to the destruction of Israel. Its history of engaging in and supporting terrorism is beyond dispute. President Obama backs the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He backed it, for example, when the military tried to stand up against Mohamed Morsi, the Brotherhood man who heads the Egyptian government, and when he made Morsi look like the hero of Hamas’ recent mini-victory »

The reviews are in — appeal immediately

Featured image The AP plays this straight down the line, but the dateline should be Absurdistan: An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world. The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are »

Egyptian protesters are on their own

Featured image Egyptians flocked to Tahrir square today in protest against the decree that grants exceptional power to President Morsi, and against the Muslim Brotherhood in general. Some protesters threw stones and the police fired tear gas. Size matters when it comes to such protests, but it also difficult reliably to measure. The Washington Post estimated the Tahrir square crowd at about 20,000. In Alexandria, an anti-Morsi protest contingent was estimated at »

State Department wonders why Egyptians can’t get along

Featured image The U.S. State Department responded to Mohamed Morsi’s grab of near dictatorial powers, and to the protests of the Egyptian people thereto, with this statement: The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community. One of the aspirations of the revolution was to ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution. The »

It’s A Good Thing We’ve Got Smart Diplomacy!

Featured image As Paul noted earlier today, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi followed up his supposed diplomatic triumph in Gaza by claiming new, more or less dictatorial powers. Morsi’s announcement was greeted with outrage by many Egyptians, some of whom took to the streets: [A]nti-Morsi demonstrators set fire to Muslim Brotherhood offices in cities across Egypt on Friday. As enraged demonstrators torched Muslim Brotherhood offices in several Egyptian cities, a defiant Egyptian President »

Obama’s “Arab Spring” dodge

Featured image In his interview on Sixty Minutes, President Obama was asked whether recent events in the Middle East have given him any pause about his support for the governments that came to power following the Arab Spring. Obama began his response by saying that the question “presumes that somehow we could have stopped this wave of change.” Actually, the question presumes no such thing. Even if the U.S. cannot prevent the »

Mohamed Morsi demonstrates why the U.S. should not aid Egypt

Featured image The other night, Sean Hannity suggested to Sen. Jim DeMint that the U.S. should cut off funding to Egypt. DeMint politely brushed the suggestion aside. If not even Jim DeMint is prepared to support cutting Egypt off, then clearly a cut-off isn’t going to happen. But should it? Before answering, read the New York Times’ account of its interview with Egyptian President Morsi. Morsi told the Times that it is »

Annals of Islamist chutzpah

Featured image Today’s New York Times features an astounding interview with Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi is the man from the Muslim Brotherhood. Don’t tell President Obama, but these people are dedicated enemies of the United States. Morsi gave the interview to the Times in anticipation of his appearance in New York at the United Nations this week. You really have to read the interview to believe it. It could hardly »

Michelle Malkin On Fire

Featured image If, like me, you missed our friend Michelle Malkin on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night, you should watch the video. She tees off on Barack Obama’s feckless foreign policy like no one else. Via InstaPundit and American Glob, who headlines: “If Michelle Malkin Gave Obama One Of Her Balls, They’d Both Have Two.” Actually, I think his math is a little off; anyway, here is the video: »

So, what was the body count for the other side?

Featured image The attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya should not have surprised the Obama administration, nor should the deadly nature of the Libyan attack have been unexpected. As David Pryce-Jones notes: The murderers of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues in Benghazi were Salafis, that is to say Muslims who believe in returning to the violence and conquest of the early years of Islam. A few »

Libya, Jimmy Carter, and the upcoming election– Bill Otis’ take

Featured image Unexpected events sometimes can change the dynamics of a presidential election. Do yesterday’s (not altogether unexpected) events in Libya and Egypt have that potential? Probably not, in today’s America. Bill Otis explores the question: I’ve been saying for years that Obama is a more appealing, more masculine form of Jimmy Carter, and he’s about to prove it. Hopefully, this Libyan episode will lead him to Carter’s fate, but the country »

Analyze this

Featured image Obama administration foreign policy is distinctive, or so it seems to me. It specializes in undermining our friends and aiding our enemies. Obama’s whispered words to Dmitri Medvedev — hey, Dima, take a message to Vlad — say it all. Our enemies must have the president sized up as a complete and utter fool. The Muslim Brotherhood seems to me another case in point. As I suggested in “No Morsi,” »

No Morsi

Featured image Has the misnamed Arab Spring turned into something closer to “Springtime for Hitler”? It certainly raises some of the questions I touched on in “In Larson’s Garden: 10 notes.” Momentous changes are underway in Egypt. Since the election of the man from the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt’s president, the the regime has taken several steps backward. Morsi is consolidating power in his own hands and distributing it to supporters of »

Who Is General Sissi and Why Does the Obama Administration Like Him?

Featured image Andy McCarthy blows away the claim that General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, recently installed to head Egypt’s military, has connections with the U.S. in which we should take comfort. The Wall Street Journal made that claim in a profile of Sissi. So, to a lesser degree, has the Washington Post. The claim is important because Sissi’s predecessor did have meaningful connections with the U.S. If Sissi does not, then our position in »