Why the U.S. May Be Secretly Cheering a Muslim Brotherhood Run For Egypt’s Presidency

DId the Muslim Brotherhood compromise on their traditional anti Israeli rhetoric? It looks like it. Its all about coming to power and then staying there as long as possible.


Liberals and secularists are furious at the decision this week by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to name Khairat al-Shater as its candidate next month’s presidential election. Even many members and leaders of the Brotherhood itself are livid at the decision, an eleventh-hour reversal of a longstanding undertaking to stay out of the race to elect a successor to President Hosni Mubarak. Curiously enough, though, the New York Times reports that U.S. official are “untroubled and even optimistic about the Brotherhood’s reversal of its pledge not to seek the presidency”.

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