Former senior presidential adviser Karl Rove said Thursday Obama administration plans to make contact with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is “frankly inexplicable,” and at the very least should not have been announced publicly.
“We shouldn't have been surprised in one sense because he [President Barack Obama] made such a big deal about meeting with our enemies in the 2008 campaign,” Rove said on Fox News. “But you would have thought having been in office now for two-and-a-half years, he would have been sobered by events and made another decision — this is frankly inexplicable.
“Why does the administration go out of its way months before the fall elections to in essence give legitimacy and credibility to the Muslim Brotherhood by announcing formal contacts? What is to be gained by doing that except to advance the Muslim brotherhood and make America look weak?” Rove said.
“There was nothing to be gained by this. And why the president did it now and did it in such a public fashion is inexplicable. If he wanted to have contacts, let him be informal and off the stage. Why make this an act that basically gives legitimacy to the Muslim brotherhood?” he said.
Sitting in for Sean Hannity, conservative analyst Monica Crowley wondered — since the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda is transparently anti-West and anti-Israel — what does the administration hope to gain.
“You know, we've given them . . . our hand by this very public gesture which again to me is inexplicable. Why do it? Why do it now, when there is no upside to the United States and a very little upside and lot of downside, not only for us but for our allies inside Egypt,” Rove said. “People who want to see a modern Egypt that looks to the West — not to Mecca and Medina.”
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