Obama Appoints New National Security Director For Mideast; Robert Malley Heads Group With Board Members Tied To Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas

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US media is reporting that President Obama has selected Robert Malley, the program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group (ICG), as the senior director at the National Security Council responsible for devising US policy in the Middle East. According to a New York Times report:

Robert Malley

Robert Malley

February 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — The last time Robert Malley went to work for the White House, it was as a Middle East peacemaker, advising President Bill Clinton during his futile effort to broker an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians at Camp David in 2000.

Now, Mr. Malley is coming back to the White House, administration officials said on Tuesday. This time, he will manage the fraying ties between the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf, a job that says a lot about how America’s role in the Middle East has changed.

As a senior director at the National Security Council, Mr. Malley will help devise American policy from Saudi Arabia to Iran. It is a region on edge, with the Saudis and their Sunni neighbors in the gulf fearful that the United States is tilting away, after decades of close ties with them, toward a nuclear accommodation with Shiite Iran.

With his many contacts throughout the Arab world, Mr. Malley, who has been program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group, would seem well suited for such a post. But he has also been something of a lightning rod in a field that can be culturally and ideologically treacherous.

In 2008, Mr. Malley was forced to sever his ties as an informal adviser to the campaign of Barack Obama when it was reported that he had met with members of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, which the State Department classifies as a terrorist organization.

The meeting, Mr. Malley said in a letter to The New York Times, was hardly a secret and came in the course of his work with the I.C.G., a nonprofit group focused on preventing conflict. Still, he felt obliged to distance himself from Mr. Obama to avoid misperceptions of the “candidate’s position regarding the Islamist movement.

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Reporting by the GMBDW raises serious questions about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas within the ICG, founded in 1995 as “an international non-governmental organization on the initiative of a group of well known transatlantic figures who despaired at the international community’s failure to anticipate and respond effectively to the tragedies in the early 1990s of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia.” The ICG is currently chaired by former US Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and former UN official Mark Malloch-Brown. Notable members of the board include former Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, financier George Soros, former Nato commander Wesley Clark, and former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer. In 2008 our predecessor publication reported that  International Crisis Group (CG) had issued a report recommending that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood be integrated in Egyptian political life and that Brotherhood posted a statement on its website saying that the group agrees with the recommendations. The GMBDW has reported since 2007 on the Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas background of two of the ICG Trustees which may help to explain the ICG position on the Brotherhood.

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Is the Muslim Brotherhood Worse as a Terrorist Organization or a Government?

 

Note the swords of peace

Note the swords of peace

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The new wave of Egypt spin relies on admitting that yes Morsi and the Brotherhood abused power and marginalized everyone but the Islamists, but if they’re removed from power, they will become “radicalized”.

So the question is whether the Muslim Brotherhood is worse as a government or a terrorist group?

The Obama administration’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood has been overshadowed by conflict between security forces and supporters of the Islamist group.

That sentence and the thinking behind it is completely and entirely ridiculous. More so than a dozen Monty Python skits wired together.

The administration has urged the Egyptian military to stop using heavy-handed tactics against the Brotherhood, according to two U.S. officials who asked not to be identified commenting on private communications. They said the administration is concerned that some in the military may want to provoke the Islamists to violence and provide a rationale for crushing the movement once and for all.

The Brotherhood was using violence before Morsi was elected, while Morsi was in office and after Morsi was removed. But as usual we’re supposed to tremble in fear of a radicalized Brotherhood using violence. When the Brotherhood is already radical and already uses violence.

Such a move would fail and probably prompt a shift to al-Qaeda type terrorist tactics by extremists in the Islamist movement in Egypt and elsewhere, the U.S. officials said.

Would that be worse than having a country run by Al-Qaeda’s allies?

Locking out the Muslim Brotherhood from the early elections promised by the military “would be a cure worse than the ill, almost certainly driving Islamist groups underground and giving rise to a generation of radicalized Islamists, in Egypt and beyond, who will have lost faith in peaceful, democratic change,” the International Crisis Group, a New York-based organization that offers recommendations to policy makers, said in a July 3 statement.

Thanks George Soros. Please tell us more about how the Brotherhood practiced peaceful change?

Participating in politics means agreeing that differences will be settled through political means, said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington policy group.

Is a brutal tyranny that destroys the rights of Christians and women, among others, better if it uses political means to take power?

A crackdown on the Brotherhood by Egyptian authorities in the early 1950s contributed to its radicalization. After an army coup ousted Egypt’s monarchy in 1952, the Brotherhood was accused of trying to assassinate the president. The party was banned and thousands of its members were tortured, imprisoned and held for years.

Was the Brotherhood, which allied with the Nazis during WW2, moderate before the 1950s?

Members of the group counseled a young Osama bin Laden in Saudi Arabia, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, was a member of the Brotherhood before joining al-Qaeda. Ayman al Zawahiri, the current al-Qaeda leader, also was a member.

Clearly we need them running a country.

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Walid Phares posts this observation on his Facebook page:

New special bedfellow joins the Jihad to support Morsi “against the coup”

None other than the supreme commander of al Qaeda, Dr Ayman Zawahiri, has declared his Jihad in support of the return of Mohammed Morsi to power, and “a fight with blood and flesh against the seculars, reformers, liberals, military and Christians of Egypt.” Zawahiri’s declaration makes it clear as stated by Dream TV in Cairo, “that the so-called difference between so-called Ikhwan moderates and Jihadists has vanished.” Now al Qaeda is in the same trenches as the Muslim Brotherhood. An observer in Washington noted that “since al Qaeda is now an ally to the Ikhwan and will fight for Morsi against the people and the Army in Egypt, it would be very odd to side with this alliance. If the US is at war with al Qaeda, it would be against US national security to side with the Brotherhood-AQ alliance against Egypt’s people and army.”

 

Hagel funded group pushing talks with al-Qaida

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TEL AVIV – Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel sits on the small board  of a peace fund that finances an international “crisis management” group that  long has petitioned the Algerian government to cease “excessive” military  activities against al-Qaida-linked jihadists, WND has learned.

The organization, the International Crisis Group, or ICG, called on Algeria  to grant legitimacy to the very al-Qaida-linked group reportedly behind the  kidnapping of about 40 foreign hostages, including several Americans, at a  natural-gas field in Algeria.

Two Americans escaped today unharmed as Algerian special forces launched a  rescue operation, according to the state news agency. At least six people were  killed, the Associated Press reported. Dozens more remained unaccounted for,  including Britons, French, Norwegians, Romanians, Malaysians, Japanese,  Algerians, at least one American and the captors.

ICG petitioned for the Islamist group to participate in the Algerian  government.

Hagel  serves on the board of The Ploughshares Fund, a George Soros-financed fund  that pushes for a nuclear-free world.

The Ploughshares Fund identifies itself as a “publicly supported foundation  that funds, organizes and innovates projects to realize a world free from the  threat of nuclear weapons.”

The fund calls itself “the largest grant-making foundation in the U.S.  focusing exclusively on peace and security issues.”

Since its founding in 1981 by San Francisco philanthropist and activist Sally  Lilienthal, Ploughshares says it has awarded many hundreds of grants “whose  aggregate value exceeded $60 million.”

The fund is in turn financed by a small number of foundations, including  Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Buffett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation  of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the  Rockefeller Foundation.

One of the groups funded by Ploughshares is ICG.

Soros himself funds ICG directly via his Open Society and also sits on ICG’s  executive committee which consists of eight members.

ICG long has petitioned for the reformation of the Algerian government and  for the inclusion of Islamist political parties, including two groups that seek  to turn Algeria into an Islamic state.

In a July 2004 ICG report obtained by WND, ICG calls on the Algerian  government to curb military action against al-Qaida-affiliated organizations,  particularly the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, currently known as  Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is reportedly behind the hostage crisis  currently under way in Algeria.

The ICG report also called for Algeria to open talks with an armed Islamic  terrorist group known as Houmat Daawa Salafia, or HDS.

ICG names the two Islamic groups in its recommendations to the Algerian  government.

“Give top priority to ending the remaining armed movements, mainly the GSPC  and HDS, through a political, security, legal and diplomatic strategy,” states  the ICG report.

“Avoid excessive reliance on military means and do not allow these movements’ purported links to al-Qaida to rule out a negotiated end to their campaigns,” continued ICG’s recommendation to the Algerian government.

ICG has issued at least six other reports recommending Algeria transition to  a democracy that will allow the participation of the Islamic groups seeking to  create a Muslim caliphate.

After Algeria’s president, Bouteflika, won more than 80 percent of the vote  against Islamic opposition groups in 2004, Robert Malley, an ICG associate,  recommended, “Rather than exclude all his opponents from the policy making  process, he could empower them.”

ICG’s Malley was an adviser to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.  He resigned after it was exposed he had communicated with Hamas. WND  reported Malley long had petitioned for dialogue with Hamas.

WND also reported ICG has  petitioned for the Egyptian government to normalize ties with the Muslim  Brotherhood.

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Obama’s Benghazi Investigator: An Iran Sympathizer

By Matthew Vadum:

The freshly appointed chairman of a federal investigation into the Benghazi massacre is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

And to add insult to injury, at press time Tuesday evening the chairman of this new State Department panel, former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, was poised to participate in a panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia.”

The news comes on the heels of a new report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that found that “scores” of known radical Islamists met with senior Obama administration officials during hundreds of visits to the White House.

Pickering’s appointment as probe chairman was announced in the Federal Register on October 4. The State Department “Accountability Review Board” headed by Pickering is tasked with examining the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The problem is that Pickering has ties to the pro-Iran Islamist front group known as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). NIAC lost an important defamation case in federal court last month in which it unsuccessfully argued the group was not a tool of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pickering is a member of the advisory board of NIAC. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from May 1997 through the end of 2000, according to a 2009 report titled “Rise of the Iran Lobby,” by Clare M. Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. He’s also vice chairman of international consultancy, Hills & Co., and co-chairman of the board of directors of the International Crisis Group (whose executive committee includes George Soros).

“Ambassador Pickering’s positions on Iran include calls for bilateral talks without preconditions and a plan for a multinational uranium enrichment consortium in Iran,” Lopez writes. “Iran has proposed a similar plan to the UN Security Council. Ambassador Pickering advocates a process leading to mutual diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States.”

“U.S. national security policy is being successfully targeted by Jihadist entities hostile to American interests,” she writes. One of these groups, NIAC, is involved in “a de facto partnership” with its better known but more notorious jihadist ally “the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other organizations serving as mouthpieces for the mullahs’ party line.”

This network “includes well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world.” NIAC and its predecessor group, the American-Iranian Council, have long “functioned openly as apologists for the Iranian regime.”

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