"... the kind of relationship they are currently building with the Muslim
Brotherhood as the rulers of Egypt and a possible influential force across many
countries in North Africa and above all in Gaza.
"Of course, this relationship did not start today; I mean over the past few
years the Americans have had more than just simple or superficial talks with the
Muslim Brotherhood," said an Egyptian diplomat who served in the US capital a
few years ago." Ahram
"US officials met with a number of prominent Egyptian activists, bloggers and
journalists at the US embassy in Cairo on Monday.
'Under discussion was the controversial recent visit of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton and the broader relationship between Egypt and the United
The meeting was attended by the US Department of State's Regional Deputy
Spokesperson for the Middle East, Daniel Ernst, his assistant, Ana Escrogima,
and David Linfield, the assistant press attaché at the embassy.
Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, activist Esraa
Abdel-Fatah, TV host Bassem Sabry, Ramy Yaacoub of the Free Egyptians Party,
journalist Abdel-Moneim Mahmoud from Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr, and a number of
prominent Twitter activists were among the Egyptians in attendance.
Escrogima denied the US is playing a mediating role between the Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Brotherhood, as had been claimed in
the Egyptian media.
She added that the purpose of Clinton's visit had been to listen to all
interested parties and groups, as well as the government and civil society
organisations that are playing a role in Egypt's democratic transition.
Furthermore, she said the US had made no secret deals with anybody, despite
claims in the Egyptian media that the US had backed the Muslim Brotherhood's
Mohamed Morsi in the presidential election." Ahram
We lie. The US, under Saudi influence, is backing Sunni islamist revolutio across the region. This is truly folly. The Islamists like Mursi and the Saudis themselves, know that US officialdom can be "easily moved" as Natanyahu said. All that is needed is to tell us Americans what we want to hear.
We want to hear "progress?' Fine, say the Islamists. We are populists and will create a just society based on one person, one vote and social justice.
Americans are a joke - until they become enraged. I reember all the Arabs who hautily told me in 2002 that the US would never invade Iraq. Why? They said that no one had hired us to do so. pl