Muslim Brotherhood

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 »

Clueless Obama administration spins Muslim Brotherhood’s consolidation of power

Featured image Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi – he of the Muslim Brotherhood – ousted the country’s two top military chiefs. The pretext for this power play was the successful sneak attack by Islamist terrorists on Egyptian military personnel in the Sinai peninsula. The Islamists who carried out the attack didn’t succeed in “invading” Israel, but they helped tilt the Egyptian playing field in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi’s »

Andrew McCarthy for the defense

Featured image Andrew McCarthy is the former Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted the Blind Sheikh and his friends for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. After he secured convictions, he recounted what he had learned along the way in Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. When it comes to understanding the Islamist war against the United States, Andy is like Walt Whitman: He is the man, he suffer’d, he was »

Dana Milbank swings and misses at Andy McCarthy

Featured image Andy McCarthy spoke yesterday at the National Press Club about the Obama administration’s increasing coziness with the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the concerns he addressed is the relationship between Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Clinton, and the Brotherhood. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post attended the event. In his column today, he attacks McCarthy’s views on the matter of Ms. Abedin. Predictably, the Post’s Clown Prince »

What the Jihadist attack in Sinai tells us about the new Egypt

Featured image This past Sunday, heavily armed jihadis stormed an Egyptian army outpost, killed 16 Egyptian solders, and headed toward the Israeli border. There, the Israeli army stopped them. Israel had advance intelligence of the attack. It warned Israelis to leave Sinai, and its heightened alert along the border enabled it to stop the terrorists with no Israeli casualties. Israel shared some of its intelligence about the danger with the Egyptian army. »

Bachmann at the RJC

Featured image Minnesota Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann has been under fire lately for her letters to the Inspectors General raising concerns about the possible involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in activities of the United States government. Our small local chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition convened a get-together last night to rally around Michele. As chapter chairman Mark Miller figures, this was Rep. Bachmann’s fifth appearance before our chapter. No one »