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Clueless Clapper Calls Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood "Secular"

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RUSH: This morning during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on international security threats, the National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified. Sue Myrick, North Carolina: "Do you consider the Muslim Brotherhood a danger based on their extremist ideology? And can you speak to the validity of the memorandum that I mentioned? And do you see the Muslim Brotherhood as a danger to America based on that?" Now, listen to this.

CLAPPER: Let me just speak briefly to the Muslim Brotherhood as an international movement. The term "Muslim Brotherhood" is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al-Qaida as a perversion of Islam.

RUSH: Holy smokes, that is so wrong. That is moronically incompetent. The Muslim Brotherhood is secular? The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with Islam? And this is the National Intelligence Director? Not even NBC's reporter on the ground can stomach that one. This afternoon on Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, she spoke to their correspondent over there, a guy by the name of Richard Engel. This is the exchange. She's asks him about Clapper, who said that the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular.

MITCHELL: James Clapper, who says that it is, quote, "largely secular."

ENGEL: That is terrifying. It's not A-Qaeda, it's not the Taliban, but it is not secular. And that is a wild misreading of this organization.

RUSH: That is terrifying. It's not Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban, but it's not secular, and that's a wild misreading of this organization. Well, why would he have it any more wrong than Obama does? It's just a bunch of young people who want their Obama in Egypt. So now we know what this is all about. The value of whatever's going on in Egypt, I mean you can sit there and look at this and you can say it's marvelous, it's people standing up for democracy, it's people wanting freedom, it's historic, whatever, you can try to make this out to be as important as the fall of the Berlin Wall if you want to, but you better understand that our president looks at it as nothing more than a cheap addition to his campaign. He looks at this as an opportunity to equate it with his first campaign and to tell a bunch of college students these people are simply looking for their Obama. Egyptians simply want their version of me. Don't doubt me for a moment that's what he's saying. And then his National Intelligence Director thinks this is a secular group? That is terrifying. And those are the words of a State-Controlled Media guy. And it is terrifying. Let's go back and listen, this guy Clapper, December 21st, 2010, ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. She interviewed Big Sis, John Brennan, and James Clapper. During the interview, Sawyer had this exchange with Clapper and Brennan about terror arrests in London earlier that day.

SAWYER: London. How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? Any of the things that they have seen were coming here? (long, awkward pause) Director Clapper?

CLAPPER: London?

BRENNAN: The arrests of the 12 individuals --

SAWYER: The arrest of the 12.

BRENNAN: -- by the British this morning.

SAWYER: Yes.

BRENNAN: This is something that the British informed us about early this morning when it was taking place.

RUSH: He didn't even know about it. He was not even aware, the National Intelligence Director was not even aware of the London arrests. That's why we left that pregnant pause in there when she said, "Any of the things that they have seen were coming here? Director Clapper?" He said, "London?" What are you talking, London? Muslim Brotherhood is secular? Finally this exchange in the interview later on, she had to ask Clapper again because she can't believe he doesn't know about it.

SAWYER: I was a little surprised you didn't know about London, Director Clapper.

CLAPPER: No, I'm sorry, I didn't.

RUSH: You know why he didn't know anything about it? 'Cause the regime didn't figure out any way to use it for their reelection campaign. Who could forget the December 21 -- well, who coulda missed 'em when they wanted, the terror attacks in London they reputed, and he doesn't know about it, the National Intelligence Director, and then he comes out and says that the Muslim Brotherhood is secular, meaning they're not tied to Islam in any way. They're not Islamists, they're secular, they're good guys. Man, are we screwed if something really serious ever happened, we are screwed.

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