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John Kerry visiting Cairo's Tahrir Square, March 20, 2011.

On Friday afternoon, President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state. “John has played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years,” Obama told the press at White House. “As we turn the page on a decade of war, he understands that we’ve got to harness all elements of American power and ensure that they’re working together – diplomatic and development, economic and political, military and intelligence – as well as the power of our values which inspire so many people around the world.”

The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and should be easily approved by that same body.

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But if Senators who consider themselves friends of Israel objected stubbornly to the appointment of Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Secretary Clinton, they should be practically throwing themselves at the committee chamber’s doors to block Kerry’s nomination.

Simply put, Kerry is an Arabist. Except that while in the past an Arabist meant you promoted the view that the U.S. should favor Saudi interests over those of Israel – pretty much the Dept. of State’s fundamental policy – Kerry’s Arabism tends to favor the more extremist Arabs.

As such, Senator Kerry served as a reliable go-between for Obama in his developing relationship with the Muslim Brothers.

Back in June, 2009, Khaled Hamza, editor of the Muslim Brotherhood website, told reporters that 10 members of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc received official invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Al Azhar University in Cairo.

Also in 2009, the Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported on an Obama meeting with U.S. and European-based representatives of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood insisted that the meeting be publicized, and stated that they had shared with the president their support for democracy and the war on terror.

According to Alyoum, Brotherhood members told Obama that, once they took power in Egypt, they would abide by all the agreements Egypt had signed with foreign countries, meaning the peace treaty with Israel.

At some point, the Muslim Brotherhood came up with the idea of a “renaissance project,” comprising short-, mid- and long-term visions for Egypt’s administration, education program, health problems and economy.

It is unclear whether the project was conceived independently by the young professionals and technocrats at the second leadership tier of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brothers parliamentary entity—or was the brainchild of the White House, which has been painfully aware of the miserable conditions of the majority of Egyptians under Hosni Mubarak’s rule—or both. But it’s more than conceivable that the Obama Administration had been plotting with the Brotherhood years before the first Egyptian yelled out the first slogan in Tahrir Square.

In 2011, before anyone knew for sure that the old regime was done for, the Brotherhood tasked Khairat al-Shater, a deputy to the movement’s boss, Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, with preparing the Renaissance project. Egypt Independent reported at the time that al-Shater was hiring consultants from Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa and Singapore, in addition to Egyptian experts, to devise the project.

The Independent’s source said a large budget had been allocated to this project, which would capitalize on Singapore’s experience in improving its administration, South Africa’s experience in creating a national dialogue, and Turkey and Malaysia’s experience in encouraging investment, achieving development, and improving its educational system and economy.

Any guesses as to where the unspecified “large budget” had come from?

In May of this year, Al Ahram reported about Kerry’s meeting with Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi. The Brotherhood was on its way to capturing power in Egypt, and Obama was sending his most trusted man to make sure things were working according to plan.

Khaled Kazzaz, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, told Al Ahram at the time: “The visit comes in the context of the U.S. government’s concern over Egypt’s democratic transition, witnessing the evolution of the political scene in the transitional phase, becoming familiar with the FJP’s presidential candidate and reviewing the renaissance project.”

Practically since the beginning of Obama’s term in office, the Mubarak regime was complaining about U.S. involvement in fomenting revolution in Egypt. But there’s a big difference between keeping in touch with opposition leaders in a given country, and actually plotting to unseat a government. Add to that the idea of what seems like a nation building project, and the emerging image of President Obama starts to match the worst nightmares of some of his voters.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. " Israel returning to Golan Heights to Assad".

    Israel has offered the Golan to Asad numerous times.

    "Senator Kerry served as a reliable go-between for Obama in his developing relationship with the Muslim Brothers."

    Allen Dulles was FDR's go between to Hitler. Harry Hopkins was FDR's go between to Stalin. Henry Kissinger was Nixon's go between to Mao. I could go on and on….

  2. Charlie — Neither in Hitler's nor in Mao's case was the U.S. involved in tilling and planting a fascistic revolutionary movement in place of the current regime. The Obama plan for the Middle East — never mind Israel and the Palestinians — will result in an even worse outcome than the Bush 2 plan. Let me know when you want to see properties in Netanya, because America is losing this one.

  3. Charlie — Neither in Hitler's nor in Mao's case was the U.S. involved in tilling and planting a fascistic revolutionary movement in place of the current regime. The Obama plan for the Middle East — never mind Israel and the Palestinians — will result in an even worse outcome than the Bush 2 plan. Let me know when you want to see properties in Netanya, because America is losing this one.

  4. Charlie said: “Allen Dulles was FDR's go between to Hitler. Harry Hopkins was FDR's go between to Stalin. Henry Kissinger was Nixon's go between to Mao. I could go on and on….”.
    Yori is right on target but you, Charlie, are so deep into Arabism from you claiming to be married to one, that you can't see the forest for the trees.

  5. Thank You for reporting on John Kerry.

    It seems that his confirmation is a done deal.

    Another potential nominee is still possible to influence-Chuck Hagel.

    Hagel's nomination, already endorsed by the government news media in Iran, would change President Obama's "all options are on the table" from meaning a military option will be used if Iran doesn't back down from it's nuclear weapons program to all options that Iran can live with and promise falsely with negotiations are on the table.

    This change could mean the difference between life and death for millions of Iiran's.
    enemies real or perceived.

    I am surprised and shocked by Senator Chuck Schumer's position that he will have to study Hagel's past positions.

    If ever there was a time for Schumer to spend some political capital, now is the time to come out against such a terrible appointment.

    Today Senator Lieberman, along with many other Senators expressed reservations about Hagel.

    I expect the Jewish Press will pick up this story for tomorrow. But it's sad for me to see so little effort in these pages to stop this nightmare.

  6. From what I have read, I would say that Yori Yanover is a "mental case" and, dare I say it on these pages, a racist. The term "Arabist" is no less a racist term than would be "Jewist" if anybody would use that term instead of the more respectable, "Judeophile." What Yanover and most of the commenters I have seen here need to remember is that the primary obligation of every American politician is to put US interests first. As it is most of them do a lousy job of it, putting the desires of their funders at the top of their agenda, but you get the drift.

  7. Yes, Sandy, they will print anything. They used to run a weekly column by Rabbi Kahane and after he was killed, by one of his followers. Columnists in the JP applauded Baruch Goldstein after his massacre of 29 Palestinians at prayer in Hebron and provided rationalizations for the assassination of Rabin.

  8. "was the U.S. involved in tilling and planting a fascistic revolutionary movement in place of the current regime"

    Technically true, but somewhat misleading. The US was involved in planting communist regimes in much of the area that Hitler y"s controlled. And the US had *previously* been involved in trying to prop up the Kuomintang in China, which at that time and for many decades later shared many of the characteristics of fascist dictatorships.

  9. Excuse me Charlie, I have never seen a response from you from what I have read from your talkbacks. Now, that I have seen that what you said before was not true and that your wife is Jewish, I sincerely apologize and hope that you will accept my apology. Truely, this was a grave misunderstanding.

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