White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt's presidential election.
The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt's revolution last year, a US official said.
The White House pointed out that Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and other US lawmakers and officials had also met with Brotherhood representatives in Egypt and elsewhere in recent months....
REUTERS wrote: The United States has broadened its engagement with the group but is moving cautiously amid widespread skepticism over its aims, particularly after the FJP announced it would field a candidate for presidential elections in May despite an earlier pledge to stay out of the race..
The FJP candidate, Khairat al-Shater, said in comments reported on Wednesday that introducing sharia law would be his "first and final objective," but the FJP group in Washington sought to dismissed fears this meant they aimed to establish an Islamic theocracy.
well, this kind of thing has been happening for a long time. suppose the 'conservatives' on here will blame the 'liberals', thinking that somehow the adventurism was legitimate when a Republican was in office. Look at the trail that is left behind --proof is in the pudding. Adventurism is no more or less moral when a 'liberal' is at the helm than a 'conservative.' And when the actions are so similar, I wonder why we give them such distinctions. I am beginning to think 'liberal' and 'conservative' are synonyms.