Looking in the rearview mirror at Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, a clearer perspective has emerged. It shows a feckless leader who chose the Muslim Brotherhood to organize the Middle East and fight terrorism. In his mind and the collective minds of his advisers, they were the “moderates.”
A directive known as Presidential Study Directive 11 aka PSD-11 detailed his plan for the remapping of the Middle East.
Obama’s pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood began early in his presidency. He invited the terror group to his apology speech at Al Azhar University in Cairo in June 2009. Mubarak and his cabinet did not attend Obama’s meeting because of their presence.
Under a directive he issued, Barack Obama and his sycophants in the White House, planned the decimation of the Middle East though they thought they were saving the region by organizing and supporting an Islamist takeover of at least four countries. In some cases, the administration armed the terrorist insurgents, always believing them to be moderates.
The president even chose who would lead the Middle East. He chose the Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2010, Barack Obama identified potential uprisings and formed a committee with so-called experts from the State Department, the C.I.A. and other agencies who held weekly meetings to search for non-military solutions to mid-East problems. Out of these meetings came Presidential Study Directive 11.
The process was led by Dennis B. Ross, the president’s senior adviser on the Middle East; Samantha Power, a senior director at the National Security Council who handles human rights issues; and Gayle Smith, a senior director responsible for global development.
Four countries were suggested for political change. The New York Times suggested they were Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen. It also seems likely Libya was in the mix. Egypt and Yemen were certainly two of them.
The New York Times reported that Mr. Obama pressed his advisers to study popular uprisings in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia to determine which ones worked and which did not.
They wrote that he is drawn to Indonesia, where he spent several years as a child, which ousted its longtime leader, Suharto, in 1998.
The bbc also remarked on the similarities between the uprisings in Egypt and in Indonesia.
Suharto’s fall led to the rise of the Prosperous Justice Party which was an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Directive is still secret and no amount of FOIA requests can pry it from the administration’s hands. We know it was an 18-page report and that it was a plan to aid Islamist takeovers in four countries in the Middle East.
What we know was published in a Gulf News article in June, 2014: the President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.
In other words, he threw the United States in with the Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood-tied personnel have also assumed high-level positions in Mr. Obama’s government. Huma Abedin is an adviser to Hillary Clinton and she is also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood through family. Her late father, mother and brother are all Muslim Brotherhood operatives.
U.S. State Department documents obtained under the FOIA confirm that the Obama administration maintained frequent contact and ties with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood. Gulf News reported details of meetings between senior U.S. officials and Libyan Brotherhood leaders showing intense involvement with the Brotherhood in Libya.
One document obtained under FOIA was heavily redacted, but still provided a clear indication of Washington’s sympathies for the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as a major political force in the post-Gaddafi Libya.
After Mubarek was deposed in Egypt, Barack Obama insisted the Egyptians include the Brotherhood in their government.
Hillary Clinton with Mohammed Morsi early in his reign.
Back Obama and Hillary Clinton saw the takeover of the country by a terrorist group as one of their successes.
Only an uprising unseated the Brotherhood dictator, Mohammed Morsi. Afterwards, Obama tried to intimidate the Egyptians by withholding military support and demanding they return Morsi to power under the guise that he was the rightfully-elected President, despite the fact that he gave himself dictatorial powers.
The purpose of Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) was to bring together operatives seeking to overthrow governments in several countries. The U.S. would manage the political transitions.
The Directive ignored American security interests and in all naivety came to the conclusion that Islamist regimes in power would fight terrorism and cooperate with Israel. They selected so-called moderates who were known to be terrorists but not as blatantly so as al Qaeda and ISIS. Inexplicably, they made the decision that political stability would be achieved through regime change.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group along with groups active in this country – the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim-American Society.
Former U.S. attorney in New York, Andrew C. McCarthy said “The defining mission of the Muslim Brotherhood is the implementation of Sharia.
Iran specialist Clare Lopez, of the Center for Security Policy, told WND that “The Muslim Brotherhood is a jihadist organization, from the day of its founding and remains so to this day.”
She added that the goal is the overthrow of America and the construction of a global caliphate under “Islamic governance and enforcement of Islamic law, or Shariah.”
The Brotherhood’s “most frequently used slogan” (according to the BBC) is “Islam is the Solution” (الإسلام هو الحل). Another well known slogan is “God is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of God is our highest hope. God s greater!”
Community organizing the Middle East didn’t work out with the Muslim Brotherhood and now Barack Obama has chosen Iran for the task. He’s willing to let them have the bomb as long as they fight terrorism in the region and work cooperatively with the U.S. He’s betting on it with the safety of American citizens in the balance and he appears to believe it will benefit his legacy.
featured image cartoon by Branco at Comically Incorrect