Skip to comments.Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Departmentís anti-ISIS effort
Posted on 09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Departments efforts against ISIS. Two of the members Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter.
In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as one of our nations top diplomats deeply respected in the region. But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power.
Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate its rule. Consequently, she was reviled by the Brotherhoods opponents to the point that, according to Johnson, when she left her post Egyptians partied outside the U.S. Embassy in a good riddance celebration.
Some of the allegations against Patterson seem baseless. Indeed, the story by Al-Ahram newspaper accusing her of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smuggle fighters in from Gaza to spread chaos in the country is surely ridiculous.
But there is little doubt that Patterson was tight with the Morsi regime. A picture of her smiling and laughing at a meeting with Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie became a staple at anti-government protests.
Patterson was only following President Obamas pro-Brotherhood line, though. She was rewarded with a promotion to assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
Patterson has not distinguished herself in that role. According to Johnson, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concluded, based on briefings from Johnson, that she and the administration she represents had no handle on the emerging threat posed by ISIS. While she spoke in platitudes about countering ISIS using diplomacy and development and by strengthening our business and people-to-people ties, the terrorists were rampaging through Iraq and establishing their caliphate.
Patterson has been equally clueless on the subject of Libya. Johnson reports that last week, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen recalled in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that in June Patterson told lawmakers she was optimistic that the elections in Libya, which were the third in less than two years, would be an important step forward toward Libyas stability.
Elections, development, and people-to-people ties. All thats missing from Pattersons arsenal is a wet noodle.
Patterson may be a respected figure within the Obama administration circles, but Kerrys claim that she is deeply respected in the Middle East doesnt pass the straight face test. In that sense, she is the perfect point-person for Team Obamas unserious strategy to combat ISIS.
Not surprising...Obama needs to have his MB ringer in place to muck things up...
Isn’t “Spearheading” racis’ or sexist or something?
I understand the Egyptians - people and government - hate Anne Paterson - the US Ambassador. During their anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations they openly paraded with banners and posters with her name and photo, calling her a terrorist - Obama too.
“We lost the wrong ambassador in Benghazi.” -overheard.
I don't get it. Feet?
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