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Who Will Shape Obama's Policy on Egypt?
by Ryan Mauro
The U.S. is almost certain to face an Egyptian government under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood sometime this year. The Brotherhood and its apologists have long tried to influence the White House and will try to convince the media and the Obama administration that the Islamist group is moderate. And if the administration's relationship with the Brotherhood's allies is any indication, they'll succeed.
The Obama Administration has signaled its acceptance of the Brotherhood in the next Egyptian government, with the State Department spokesman saying the group is "a fact of life in Egypt." A secret meeting between a U.S. representative and the Brotherhood has been reported, though any communication has been denied. President Obama downplayed the threat from the Muslim Brotherhood in an interview with Bill O'Reilly on Sunday.
"I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt, but they are well-organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S., there is no doubt about it," he said.
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