Ever since President Obama took office,
he has given unmistakable signals that he is in love with the
He insisted on talking to them, even before his infamous trip
to Cairo in 2009. Then he demanded their presence during his speech
in Cairo -- a demand that was like putting his boot over President
Mubarak's neck. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood was an outlawed
organization. Certainly, the Brotherhood took notice of that!
President Obama also confirmed his enchantment with the group
when he appointed Dalia Mogahed, a member of the Muslim
Brotherhood, as his principal advisor on the Middle East.
Then later, at Obama's encouragement, the aging Egyptian Army
generals surrendered their power and helped elect a Brotherhood
member, Mohamed Morsi, as Egypt's president. With Morsi in power,
Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Cairo to
deliver a passionate invitation for Morsi to visit Obama.
But she not only had a message for Morsi; she also told the
generals that, now that they had helped put Morsi in power, they
needed to butt out of politics and go back to their barracks. She
didn't need to worry about the generals, however. As soon as Mr.
Morsi took power, he retired the senior generals, giving them a
consolation title: Advisor to the President.
To top it all, President Obama further demonstrated his love
by turning down a requested visit by Israeli Prime Minister
But then the tables were turned. While Obama was busy jilting
an old friend of the US, Egypt's Morsi got into the jilting
business himself. Morsi would not condemn his fellow Islamists'
attack of the U.S. embassy. Nor would he let his security apparatus
stop the Islamists from desecrating the American flag.
After all -- although Morsi lived in America, benefited from
its education, and cashed in by working for NASA for a while -- he
is not fond of what America stands for.
After all, he is a Muslim Brotherhood member.
But the Brotherhood knows it has to be careful with Obama.
They can't continue to lead him on if he loses the election. So
after a jilted Obama publicly wondered if Egypt was a friend or
enemy, Morsi tried to pacify him. Soon after, the streets around
the embassy were magically cleared and a few token protestors were
So has Obama's love for the Brotherhood been rekindled once
again? Will he let them lead him astray once more?
President Obama is not going to ask me for my relationship
advice. But if he did, I would tell him, "Get out. This
relationship will only lead to ruin. Cancel your meeting with
Morsi. Suspend U.S. aid to Egypt for a period. And meet with
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and
founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are
broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The
Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social
Anthropology. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com. Follow
on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef.
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