First Published: 2014-01-13

Radical shifts in Washington policy after Brotherhood infiltration of White House
Retired US Air Force General confirms presence of at least 10 or 15 Muslim Brotherhood members inside US government.
Middle East Online

Huma Abedin was key figure with Brotherhood ties

LONDON - Retired US Air Force General Tom McInerney, who served as both assistant vice chief of staff and commander in chief of US Air Forces Europe, confirmed on a radio programme the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood inside the US government.

In a December 2012 story, Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine said six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on US policy.

The magazine said the six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organisations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The article names Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Islamist movement’s influence on Washington was also reported in “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office” by New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott.

The book documents that Obama aided the rise to power of Islamist extremist groups in the Middle East as members served on important national security advisory boards.

The book confirms the Obama administration may have exposed national security information through Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, who has deep personal and family associations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

McInerney was being interviewed about a tell-all book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that strongly criticises President Obama and Vice President Biden for making politically motivated decisions regarding national security.

McInerney said Gates was doing the nation a service by exposing decision-making in the Oval Office but said he should have done it sooner. He also noted that the Muslim Brotherhood influences have been causing major problems throughout the Middle East.

“We’ve got Muslim Brotherhood in the US government today,” he added.

Asked about their names, McInerney said, “I haven’t got their names exactly but there’s a list of them, at least 10 or 15 of them in the US government.”

He cited the organisation’s influence in Homeland Security and the secretary of state’s office under Clinton, where Abedin has worked.

“Her parents are Muslim Brotherhood. And her intuitions are in that direction,” he said.

“There are a whole host of people in this government.”

He said Islam experts Frank Gaffney or Claire Lopez would have the details.

Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, has created a publication called “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration” which addresses the issue that was brought to the attention of Congress in July 2012 by Republicans Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Tom Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland.

The lawmakers asked the inspector generals at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State to investigate, prompting Democrats and Republicans to rush to Abedin’s defense.

According to an Arabic-language manifesto, the Muslim Brotherhood members “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilisation from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and by the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Lopez wrote at The Gatestone Institute: “The careful insinuation of Muslim Brothers into positions from which they can exercise influence on US policy began long before the attacks of 9/11, although their success has accelerated dramatically under the administration of President Barack Obama.”

She said the “massive Muslim Brotherhood organisation network in the US, so patiently built up over the decades since that first Oval Office meeting in 1953 (with President Dwight D. Eisenhower), eventually gave it a prominence and (false) reputation of credibility that was unmatched by any other Islamic groups, moderate or otherwise.”

She said the Brotherhood achieved “information dominance” during the George W. Bush administration that only intensified in the following years.

“Not only did figures associated and identified with the Muslim Brotherhood achieve broad penetration at senior levels of US policy making, but voices that warned of their true agenda (such as Stephen Coughlin’s) were actively excluded,” she said.

That information dominance has contributed to startling consequences, most evident in the US policy toward the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-dominated revolutions that many call the ‘Arab Spring,’ but which in fact are more accurately termed an ‘Islamic Awakening,’” she said.

Under the Muslim Brotherhood-influenced Obama administration, US policy has undergone such a drastic shift in the direction of outright support for these jihadist movements – from al-Qaeda militias in Libya, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and both al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked rebels in Syria — that it is scarcely recognisable as American anymore.”

McInerney said Gates’ book should alert Americans about what should be done to protect national security.

“The Middle East is coming apart with this administration’s policies. Look at Libya. We should never have gone into Libya. … We’ve got Muslim Brotherhood in the US government.”

 

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