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"Single most foolish thing any Senior American intelligence official has ever said"

During a Congressional hearing yesterday, the incompetence of an Obama appointed official was on display for all to see:

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday that Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement was "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."

Clapper, who heads the organization commanding 16 American intelligence and investigation agencies, told the committee that the Muslim Brotherhood "have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera..... There is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally."

Former US ambasador to the UN under President Bush John Bolton was quick to point out the absurdity of Clapper's statement:

Later in the day, the Obama administration attempted to backtrack:

The Obama administration took the rare step Thursday of correcting its own intelligence chief after the official claimed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular."


"To clarify Director Clapper's point, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak's rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation. He is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization," DNI spokesperson Jamie Smith said.

While the Brotherhood has renounced violence, one of its goals is to pursue the creation of an Islamic state. The CIA's own website lists the Brotherhood as a "religious-based" party.

Clapper's claim quickly drew scrutiny on Capitol Hill, even before his office walked back the statement.

"I am concerned that the DNI's assessment does not agree with recent public statements by senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood nor does it agree with the organization's publicly stated goals," Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said in a written statement, describing the group as "radical."

"They're as secular as Billy Graham and the pope are secular," former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said.

The Muslim Brotherhood is as secular as the Obama administration is competent.

We are in such good hands.


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Comments (5)

Politisation of agencies an... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Politisation of agencies and departments under the Obama Administration, I can't decide if that is the Hope-thing or the Change-thing. The story of him staffing the White House with nothing but "yes men" has already been told, the degree to which that philosophy was spread to the various departments and alphabet-agencies in Washington has not.

I will say this, the conflicting statements made by this administration over the course of the last weeks about events still unfolding in Egypt have done nothing to inspire confidence in me as to their understanding of the situation there or of their basic competency.

Is he the one that based hi... (Below threshold)

Is he the one that based his finding off of media reports?

You know liberals tend to believe the MSM over intelligence agencies or the military.

If the Muslim Brotherhood g... (Below threshold)

If the Muslim Brotherhood gains political power, we'll see just how "secular" they are.

.... They're as secular as ... (Below threshold)

.... They're as secular as Billy Graham and His Holiness the Pope are secular," all-time RINO and one-time presidential pretender, Huckabee Finn, said ....


Reverend Graham and His Holiness are religious. Are Christians.

The muslim brotherhood is a branch the mass-murdering of millions across the millennia totalitarian ideology its votaries call Islam.

These were such astoundi... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

These were such astounding utterances that my first thought is still my present one considering that James Clapper was a general officer in the military. Stupidity, foolishness or even preferences for MSM reports are all out the window, leaving a medical or mental condition as most probable. His earlier interview with Diane Sawyer gave a similar impression.






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