Cheney attacks Obama support for Muslim Brotherhood in closed door meeting with House Republicans

Speaking to the House Republican Caucus yesterday, former Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted President Obama for his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which he identified as a precursor of today’s ISIS. Ben Jacobs of The Daily Beast:

With President Obama poised to give a major speech on Wednesday about military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Cheney spoke to the assembled Republican congressmen about the situation in the Middle East at their weekly caucus meeting. And while the GOP has been fiercely divided over foreign policy in recent years, Cheney didn’t wade into that debate, instead opting to pillory Obama in front of an audience giving him “rapt attention.”

According to Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, Cheney said Obama “has actually done things that have supported the Muslim Brotherhood.” The former vice president then went on to name the Muslim Brotherhood as “the beginning of all the Islamist groups that we’re dealing with now like Hamas and ISIS.”

In Fleming’s account, Cheney said that by “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood…our policies have been exactly opposite to where they should be.”

My colleague Rick Moran cautions that the Muslim Brotherhood is “several steps removed” from ISIS, and that is true. However, in my view Cheney is correct in the Big Picture sense that the Muslim Brotherhood is the modern incarnation of triumphalist jihad war, aiming at bringing the world under a global caliphate. Various other groups have picked up the ball, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, and Obama’s open courting of the Muslim Brotherhood (representatives of the MB attended his Cairo speech) and various offshoot groups is a disgrace. As he is poised to delver his prime time address to the nation on ISIS, it is fair to keep in mind his record of softness toward radical jihadists.

Speaking to the House Republican Caucus yesterday, former Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted President Obama for his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which he identified as a precursor of today’s ISIS. Ben Jacobs of The Daily Beast:

With President Obama poised to give a major speech on Wednesday about military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Cheney spoke to the assembled Republican congressmen about the situation in the Middle East at their weekly caucus meeting. And while the GOP has been fiercely divided over foreign policy in recent years, Cheney didn’t wade into that debate, instead opting to pillory Obama in front of an audience giving him “rapt attention.”

According to Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, Cheney said Obama “has actually done things that have supported the Muslim Brotherhood.” The former vice president then went on to name the Muslim Brotherhood as “the beginning of all the Islamist groups that we’re dealing with now like Hamas and ISIS.”

In Fleming’s account, Cheney said that by “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood…our policies have been exactly opposite to where they should be.”

My colleague Rick Moran cautions that the Muslim Brotherhood is “several steps removed” from ISIS, and that is true. However, in my view Cheney is correct in the Big Picture sense that the Muslim Brotherhood is the modern incarnation of triumphalist jihad war, aiming at bringing the world under a global caliphate. Various other groups have picked up the ball, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, and Obama’s open courting of the Muslim Brotherhood (representatives of the MB attended his Cairo speech) and various offshoot groups is a disgrace. As he is poised to delver his prime time address to the nation on ISIS, it is fair to keep in mind his record of softness toward radical jihadists.