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Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Departmentís anti-ISIS effort
Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Department’s 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 nation’s 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 Brotherhood’s 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 Obama’s 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 Libya’s stability.”

Elections, development, and people-to-people ties. All that’s missing from Patterson’s arsenal is a wet noodle.

Patterson may be a respected figure within the Obama administration circles, but Kerry’s claim that she is “deeply respected” in the Middle East doesn’t pass the straight face test. In that sense, she is the perfect point-person for Team Obama’s unserious strategy to combat ISIS.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ambassador; annepatterson; brettmcgurk; egyptmb; gaza; isil; isis; islam; johnallen; johnkerry; kerry; mb; mcgurk; morsi; muslimbrotherhood; obama; obamanewisisstrategy; patterson; secstatekerry; smuggling

1 posted on 09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not surprising...Obama needs to have his MB ringer in place to muck things up...


2 posted on 09/20/2014 6:47:00 PM PDT by Popman (Jesus Christ Alone: My Cornerstone...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t “Spearheading” racis’ or sexist or something?


3 posted on 09/20/2014 6:47:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


4 posted on 09/20/2014 6:50:44 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who could have imagined on 911, that by 2014,
the average Egyptian would be smarter than the entire EXEMPT US Congress.



5 posted on 09/20/2014 6:51:28 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: Paladin2
It is definitely is a scary violent word that does not promote peace. And it discriminates against feet.

; )

6 posted on 09/20/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by Chgogal (-Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“We lost the wrong ambassador in Benghazi.” -overheard.


7 posted on 09/20/2014 7:07:39 PM PDT by Darksheare
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
King Obama has destroyed much of what America was and his Administrative empire will continue. He is a communists BLACK Muslim traitor and most Americans have no idea. Ignorance is bliss to over half of the population of America.
8 posted on 09/20/2014 7:33:43 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Chgogal
"And it discriminates against feet."

I don't get it. Feet?

9 posted on 09/20/2014 7:39:00 PM PDT by jackibutterfly (In this world when the body can be taken at any moment, it would be wise to reconnect with your soul)
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To: Paladin2
"Isn’t “Spearheading” racis’ or sexist or something?"

Neanderthalphobia


10 posted on 09/20/2014 8:35:37 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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To: jackibutterfly
Opposite position of the head are the feet. Liberals are so darn sensitive/thin skinned about everything, it seems that if you are going to emphasize “head” the “feet” will feel bad.
11 posted on 09/20/2014 8:37:11 PM PDT by Chgogal (-Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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