Israeli media recently reported that US officials are offering numerous excuses as to why they do not wish to meet with Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during his upcoming visit. The most outrageous claim was that “we [US officials] do not want to be photographed with him.”
While US officials say they do not wish to be photographed with Lieberman, the foreign minister of the only stable country in the Middle East that’s still a reliable US ally, they seem to have no qualms being seen with Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Below is a photo of Anne Patterson, US ambassador to Egypt, meeting with Mohammad Badie, General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, on January 18. On January 11, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with Mohammed Morsi, head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. On January 12, former president Jimmy Carter also met with Badie.
The mistake the Obama administration is making is ignoring the message that Mohammad Badie is eager to send to the Muslim world--Read the whole thing.
Odd that the Obama administration, which claims to put such a premium on talking to the Muslim world, attaches so little value to what the Muslim world actually says.
Obviously, there is a message that the Obama administration is eager to send by being photographed with the Muslim Brotherhood.
--and a message the administration is equally eager to send by limiting the Israeli leaders they are photographed with.
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