On January 28, 2011 Barack Obama and administration officials made public statements endorsing the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. This public disclosure made it clear that he was working behind the scenes to ensure Mubarak’s ouster. They began portraying Mubarak as an evil monster, declaring him a “dictator”. Apparently this word “dictator” was thought by the administration to be so inflammatory that its use would outrage Americans to the point of supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to overthrow him.
Many people became alarmed and demanded that the administration explain its course of action if the Muslim Brotherhood were to take control of Egypt. The administration never denied that possibility, instead they promised us that the Muslim Brotherhood wasn’t so bad after all.
On February 10, 2011, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper clarified the administration’s position on the Brotherhood by telling the world, they weren’t your Daddy’s Muslim Brotherhood. They were no longer dangerous. They weren’t the Muslim Brotherhood of our collective memories. They had changed. They were peaceful now and non-violent. In his testimony, Clapper said:
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-Qaida as a perversion of Islam. They have pursued social ends, betterment of the political order in Egypt, etc.”
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