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My God, only a clown could say the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. That person becomes a dangerous clown, however, when he is also the president’s Director of National Intelligence:
At a House Intelligence Committee hearing earlier in the day, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) questioned Clapper about the threat posed by the group. Clapper replied by suggesting that the Egyptian part of the Brotherhood is not particularly extreme and that the broader international movement is hard to generalize about.
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” Clapper said. “They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera…..In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”
Wow, that is just monumentally ignorant. Question for DNI Clapper: About that overarching agenda, do the words “civilization jihad” sound “secular” to you? Or how about this quote from the writings of one of the Brotherhood’s recent leaders?
“Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, the Jihad is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”
Yeah, I’d say that’s largely secular. I’d also say our national security is in great hands with General Clapper, but that would be a lie, too.
LINKS: Brian Fairchild collects many recent “largely secular with no overarching agenda” statements from Brotherhood leaders. Michael Ledeen considers the scary implications of Clapper’s claptrap. Ron Radosh wants Clapper fired, now.
NOTE: Right after I started writing this, Politico updated their article (first link, above) to say Clapper was backing away from his statement, and FOX reports the White House is contradicting him. Sorry, too late. That horse named “Useful Idiot” has already left the barn.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)