Report: U.S. favoring Muslim Brotherhood groups in Syria for sake of stability

Ignoring Benjamin Franklin’s admonition, they apparently prefer to sell out liberty for temporary security, all the while wallowing in wishful thinking about the Brotherhood’s intentions. They will indeed wind up with neither liberty nor security in Syria. “Report: U.S. Favors Muslim Brotherhood Over Pro-democracy Syrian Opposition,” from the World Tribune, August 17:

WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has selected the Muslim Brotherhood over the pro-democracy opposition to lead Syria after the expected ouster of President Bashar Assad, a report said.

The Hudson Institute, a leading consultant to the Defense Department, asserted that the administration has decided to work with Turkey and the Brotherhood in Syria for a post-Assad government. In a report by Herbert London, the institute said Obama has dismissed the pro-democracy opposition as an alternative.

“It would seem far more desirable to back the democratic influences — the political organizations that require cultivation and support — despite their relative weakness at this moment,” the report, titled “U.S. Betrays Syria’s Opposition,” said. “It is these religious and secular groups that represent the real hope for the future and the counterweight to the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

London, president of Hudson until 2011, said the State Department has ignored non-Brotherhood opposition groups. In July, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited Brotherhood operatives and urged them to work with Turkey to help oust Assad.

“Missing from the invitations are Kurdish leaders, Sunni liberals, Assyrians and Christian spokesmen,” the report said. “According to various reports the State Department made a deal with Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood representatives either to share power with Assad to stabilize the government, or replace him if this effort fails.”

Hudson cited the Syrian Democracy Council, which contains a range of ethnic and religious minorities, including Alawites and Christians. SDC was not invited to the State Department.

“From the standpoint of Foggy Bottom [State Department] it is far better to promote stability even if this means aligning oneself with the goals of presumptive enemies,” the report said. “This, however, is a dangerous game that not only holds U.S. interests hostage to the Muslim Brotherhood, but also suggests that the withdrawal of American forces from the region affords the U.S. very few policy options.”

Officials confirmed the State Department invitation to Brotherhood-aligned opposition groups. They said the Brotherhood has often boycotted U.S.-sponsored sessions that included organizations opposed by the Islamist movement.

London said the U.S. ban on SDC represented an insult to pro-democracy forces in Syria. He cited reports that the Brotherhood was playing a major role in attacks on Syrian security forces in a campaign supported by Iran, Jordan and Turkey.

“At the very least Secretary Clinton should hear the SDC argument,” the report said. “Leaving this body out of the Syrian conversation is an insult to what America purports to care about. Assad should see that his opponents are not merely those complicit in stabilizing a murderous regime, but those with genuine democratic impulses and who represent a significant portion of the Syrian people.”

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  1. says

    And sadly no better than numerous other countries – UK and France – of course and let’s not forget the reporting in the media about what’s been going on in the Arab world over the last few months. Wishful thinking, lying by omission, bog awful reporting, the list goes on.

    Just watch some news on BBC or CNN and you won’t know whether to laugh or cry. It hasn’t changed since Kosovo 99, when Macedonian doctors would watch gobsmacked, as media outlets – BBC and CNN were the worst – would stage manage the reporting: getting families to walk back and forth till the babies started to cry, then filming. Or they filmed an ethnic Albanian being carried, groaning in terrible pain, on a stretcher. They stop filming and the man gets up and saunters off.

    So the State Department have quite a bit of company.

    If that’s any comfort.

  2. says

    Unbelieveable! All the oppressed people world look to the USA as the champions of democracy, and here they are, supporting the autocratic tyrants of Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, and ignoring, no rejecting, those willing to put their lives on the line for a democractic future. Outrageous!

  3. says

    Not in the least bit surprising. What else do you expect from the Obama, doctrinaire marxist administration? ‘Support’ for democracy? Obama would stand under the Statue of Liberty and burn the original constitution, heartily laughing, if he thought he’d get away with it…

  4. says

    Supporting the muslim brotherhood in Egypt and Syria is paving the way for a multi front war against Israel.

    It is tantamount to an act of war against Israel.

    It is also a slap to the face of every jew in America and Especially to every jew who voted for him.

  5. says

    Connect the dots of A LOT of recent actions by the Government. There has to be a Muslim Brotherhood operator inside the White House (destroying its miserable house from within). Whether it is the President himself or someone with a lot of influence in the White House, it is not clear but there is a pattern to all these actions…

  6. says

    Why should any educated person give any respect to this absurd religion. Its “Holy Book”, the Qur’an, is an obvious fraud that teaches, besides hatred and conquest of the infidel and of the Jew especially, that the sun, with the moon, orbits the earth! (Q 21:33 and Q 36:40, part of the mythical seven heavens Q 2:29), and

    That the earth is flat with mountains simply placed on it (Q 15:19 – forget plate tectonics)!

    That the sun goes down in a muddy pond surrounded by a mystery population (muddy sun worshipers?) Q 18:83-86

    That a man’s sperm originates from between the back and the ribs (Q 86:6-7).

    That Muhammad split in two the moon Q 54:1-2 (attested to also by Sahih al Bukhari 6/4867 .

    Criticism and ridicule of Islam and of its obvious fraud prophet should be a natural & frequent occurrence among intellectuals everywhere and by anyone who cares to think about the irrational forces in the world.

  7. says

    “The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war, with the rights of mankind.”

    Thomas Jefferson

    *”In every country and every age, the priest (or so called imam-mullah) had been hostile to Liberty.”*

    Thomas Jefferson

    Just some of the genius of 2 centuries ago.

  8. says

    I agree with you, and I’m a former US diplomat.

    This US support for the Muslim Brotherhood masks a sense of resignation that there are no other alternatives in Syria, Egypt, and similar countries. This is the result of a couple generations of Americans being “educated” to believe that the USA was especially evil for resisting the “inevitable” Communization of the Far East and Latin America. Now, our wise policy wonks cheer every strong horse who comes along–even if the strong horse runs with three legs against an opponent who is both three-legged and stunted.

    I myself think that it would be a good idea just to let the Islamic world stew in its own juices, without committing our prestige one way or the other. Syria, like Libya, is another troubled country where the USA does not have any political stakes. I’m no admirer of the Assad family (and the only good thing I can say about Moammar Qaddafi is that he looks as if he might be the natural son of Harpo or Chico Marx), but the USA simply should not get involved in these internecine feuds.