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Obama's National Security 'Not Top 10′ of 2011
(See last year's "Not Top 10″ here.)
Here you go, in chronological order:
1) President Obama claims Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood lacks major support (February 6)
During Obama's Super Bowl interview with Bill O'Reilly, Egypt was in the midst of a revolution that eventually led to the ouster of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Obama was asked about whether the Muslim Brotherhood was a threat. He responded:
I think they're one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt. But they're well organized. There are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S. There's no doubt about it.
He went on to claim that there are many secularists and liberals in Egypt that wanted representative government. The rest of the administration followed suit, with Daniel Shapiro of the National Security Council assuring Jewish groups on a conference call that the Muslim Brotherhood would "be a minor player in Egyptian politics." New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof also pointed to questionable polls claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood only received 15 percent support.
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