How strongly does the U.S. support Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood??
One might wonder how the U.S. government is reacting to the events in Egypt. David Ignatius describes as strangely restrained the comments from Washington on Mursi’s concentration of power and the demonstrations, which are about values that Obama has always upheld.
Officially, the USA and the Muslim Brotherhood keep their distance. On the occasion of the wave of anger in front of U.S. embassies in early September, U.S. President Obama declared that U.S.-Agyptian relations in "ongoing work" are: "I would not consider them as allies, but also not as an enemy. They are a new government that is seeking its own way." With "" apparently meant the Muslim Brotherhood.
During his visit to the U.S. a short time later, Mohamed Mursi, who had received his doctorate from a U.S. university in 1982, returned Obama’s remark to an American journalist with the addition that "We can be good friends."
This is public relations work in front of the spotlights. In the shadow of the public attention, the relationship was then developed further. It is interesting to note that Mursi met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Middle East expert William Joseph Burns immediately before he ied his first sensational decree in August, documenting his claim to power.
And last week, just as Mursi’s surprise coup was having a major impact and provoking the turmoil and massive resistance in Egypt that has continued to this day, Mursi’s political advisor Essam El Haddad, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was in Washington to discuss the "strategic partnership" expand.
Topics of conversation between El-Haddad and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon were Gaza and the "democratic transition" in agypt, notes the White House press office, which speaks of a strengthened strategic relationship.
An American Mursi Coup?
The U.S.-based, highly critical observer of political developments in the Middle East, Asad Abu Khalil, operator of the blog Angry Arab, sees in these U.S.-Agyptian meetings, which take place in the very near future of important events, no coincidental timing, but signs of a much closer cooperation than is reflected in the reporting. And Abu Khalil likes to point. Thus, he speculates that the U.S. was mabbably behind Mursi’s latest coup: An American Coup in Egypt?.
The typical American Middle East expert, such as David Ignatius, would never go that far. Ignatius also states that Obama’s main supporters – he uses the political buzzword "Mursi" – have gone too far "enabler", and supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington. But Ignatius is of the opinion that Mursi, with his interception declaration of 22 September, is a. November overstayed his support. That he has gone too far.
On the contrary, the Angry Arab believes that the USA is also calling for this step. Abu Khalil has no proof for his thesis. He has collected observations. As the visits of "Emissaries" the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington, where they were to meet with prominent members of the political establishment, much as Ignatius indicates. The activity shows effect. For example, when the Republican John McCain, via Fox, calls for the capture of "moderate Muslim Brotherhood" scatter. And the IMF granted funds.
The Egyptian intelligence service as an extension of the CIA and the main wire-puller of the Auben policy
Part of the big picture is the historical context, according to the California State University politics professor: that the U.S. and Egypt have had a very special relationship since President Anwar as-Sadat, which eventually saw the country switch camps, away from closer ties with the then Soviet Union, closer to the U.S.
These relations were strongly supported by intelligence work, focusing on an order in the Middle East according to the interests of the U.S. and the security interests of Israel. The close cooperation continued with President Mubarak and is now to be continued with the new rulers. The U.S. government has reached a conclusion, "that, together with Israel, it can do political business with the Muslim Brotherhood as long as they do not disrupt the auben policy that developed under Sadat and Mubarak" – Abu Khalil makes this point in his typical manner:
The Egyptian intelligence service was built by the United States and operates as an extension of the CIA’s branch in Egypt. It is probably true to say that the Muslim Brotherhood basically continues to allow the intelligence services to exercise control over Egyptian politics.
The leading positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are occupied by the Mukhabarat, and the ministers of the new Egypt are all diplomats of the Mukhabarat "Sadat School of Diplomacy". For the American government and Congress, the most important thing is to keep the peace treaty with Israel.
The murdered brother
The Muslim Brotherhood is taking this to heart in a conspicuous manner, says Abu Khalil. The new government repeatedly points out that international treaties – and this does not mean treaties with African or Asian countries – are being adhered to. Such rhetoric is a code that everyone understands, a signal to the U.S. that the Sadat-Mubarak rebellion policy is being continued in return for support.
The Muslim Brotherhood needed time to prove its loyalty and submission to U.S. security and regulatory interests. The U.S. was watching developments very closely, and it was crystal clear to Arab observers that the Brotherhood had undergone a gradual image change. Gone were the speeches about jihad with their grotesque anti-Semitic rhetoric and the standard references to the "Islamic" movement "Monkey’s descendants" and new was the insistence on the need for respect "International treaties and obligations".
He has no evidence that the U.S. was involved in Mursi’s latest coup, but there is clear evidence that the two governments worked closely together. For example, Mursi informed the American government of his impending declaration of interception before he announced it to the Egyptian public.
Asad Abu Khalil sees the U.S. government readjusting its relations with the Brotherhood regimes in order to bring them into the "to incorporate pro-American repressive regional system". The Egyptians knew that a long time ago. This can be seen from the fact that the demonstrators repeatedly tried to march on the US Embassy.