National security expert Scott Wheeler talks about the future of Libya and its relations with the United States, as well as the little known connections between President Obama and Qaddafi.
Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the GOP Trust and national security analyst will appear on Fox Business Channels’ Follow the Money tonight discussing thecurious connection between Barack Obama and Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Many analysts are questioning Obama’s tepid response to the dictator’s brutal treatment of protesters. I published a column TWO YEARS AGO that may answer some of these questions. It appears in its originally published form below.
Please read this column and tune in tonight to watch the discussion.
When: Tonight, 10:00 p.m. EST
Channel: Fox Business Channel
Show: “Follow the Money”
Who: Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the GOP Trust
This column originally ran on Townhall on May 12, 2009.
Obama – Qaddafi Coincidence?
By Scott Wheeler
Whose interest was President Obama serving when on March 30 he ordered Chrysler to either conclude a merger with Italian automaker Fiat within 30 days or lose federal bailout funds? That untimely announcement placed Chrysler in the untenable position of accepting whatever Fiat offered, literally cutting the legs out from under the struggling American carmaker’s negotiating platform.
Some financial analysts had already determined that what Fiat was offering was a very bad deal for Chrysler. “The steal of the century,” Forbes columnist Jerry Flint wrote of the deal back in January, “Fiat gets Chrysler for next to no money, and American taxpayers must throw in $7 billion to make it happen.” By most accounts, Chrysler was in real trouble, but by announcing to the world that Chrysler had no other alternatives Obama effectively told Fiat that Chrysler would accept whatever they offered, eliminating Chrysler’s ability to cut a better deal.
Why would President Obama undercut a US company, involved in a heated negotiation, in favor of a foreign company’s interest? Clear answers are not available, but there is one very curious shareholder in Fiat that raises some interesting questions. The African nation of Libya owns at least a 2 to 3 percent stake in Fiat and thus makes Muammar Qaddafi, who controls the wealth of Libya, a direct beneficiary of the deal favoring Fiat.
Does Obama owe Qaddafi? That is a tough question to answer, but Obama’s record-shattering 700 million dollar presidential fundraising operation and a revealing speech made by Qaddafi nearly a year ago seems to undress Obama’s inexplicable sabotage of Chrysler’s negotiating position with Fiat. Before anyone was suspicious of the sources of Obama’s campaign funds, Qaddafi made a speech that was carried by al Jazeera on June 11, 2008 and translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency.”
Is Qaddafi revealing his knowledge of something that no one else even suspected at the time? Since Qaddafi’s June 08 speech other evidence has surfaced suggesting that Obama raised significant sums from dubious sources in Qaddafi’s neighborhood including tens of thousands of dollars the campaign was forced to return once it was revealed its origins were in Gaza, the Middle East. So far there has been very little interest in the sources of Obama’s massive fundraising, and with Democrats in control of both houses of Congress it is unlikely that there will be an investigation into what many believe is the most prolific fundraising abuse ever.
Qaddafi’s prescient speech didn’t end with his apparent knowledge of Obama’s sources of campaign funds. MEMRI’s translation also included Qaddafi’s foreknowledge that Obama’s campaign rhetoric about supporting Israel was just a head fake also.
“But we were taken by surprise when our African Kenyan brother who is an American national, made statements [about Jerusalem] that shocked all his supporters in the Arab world, in Africa, and in the Islamic world… As you know, this is the farce of elections – a person lies and lies to people, just so that they will vote for him,” Qaddafi stated in his speech that got no coverage from the main-stream American media. Since his election, it has been pro-Israel Americans who have been shocked at how quickly Obama’s policies turned hostile toward Israel, such as the 900 million in aid headed to Gaza after they attacked Israel with mortars late last year, and forcing Israel to negotiate with Hamas.
With the precision of a campaign insider, Qaddafi also predicted a recently announced Obama policy regarding Israel nearly a year ago: “We thought he would say: ‘I have decided that if I win, I will monitor the Dimona nuclear plant, and the other WMDs in Israeli’s possession.”
Last week, a state department official announced that the Obama administration would pressure Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty that would allow Obama to inspect Israel’s nuclear weapons program, something the Israelis have kept secret since its inception.
What is most amazing is that the propaganda arm of the Middle East, the anti-American al-Jazeera network, has proven more informative about Obama’s Middle East policies than the sycophantic American media.
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By Scott Wheeler
The Obama administration’s handling of Egypt reveals a level of incompetence that renders the U.S.—and the entire world— a more dangerous place. In the early days of the protests in Egypt, the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood stayed on the sidelines. This was out of fear that Mubarak would come for them, and well he should have, considering the Brotherhood has tried to assassinate him in the past. The moment Obama turned on Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood officially joined the protests and began organizing the opposition.
Meanwhile, Leftist groups in the U.S., which are allied with Obama, were already angling to help the Muslim Brotherhood in its quest for at least a share of the power in Egypt. In the days before Mubarak stepped down, the White House and other administration officials gave confused and conflicting accounts about Mubarak’s intentions and the timing of events. Indications were that the Obama administration was taking its cues from the news media – our intelligence community was forced to admit that it had relied upon cable television for the “analysis” the CIA chief offered in Congressional hearings— and did not have an open diplomatic channel to the Egyptian leadership. Deep chagrin aside, it’s alarming that Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally, was not listening to or talking with Washington, but the Muslim Brotherhood was.
Now the power vacuum in Egypt creates a deeper, more complex problem for the West: how do we handle the resurgence of radical Islam with Egypt in play? If the “democratic” movement slides into chaos, gives birth to factions, and leads finally to extremist Islamist government (the Sunni version of the Iran-ruling mullahs), then the Israeli-Palestinian problem will soon seem trivial in the shadow of the new threats that Israel and the U.S. would likely face.
Mubarak’s departure represents the loss of a strategic ally and the end of a stabilizing force in the Middle East. The U.S. now has the opportunity —and the obligation— to transform the way in which we deal with Islam. And deal we must. I propose something straightforward, totally unambiguous: treating the global culture of Islam as a nation in and of itself.
Islamists, or what I call political Islam, already behaves as a nation. The Muslim Brotherhood serves as the executive branch, while non-violent Islamist activists that campaign for “Muslim rights” are its department of state, and violent jihadists are its military.
Islamists will hate this idea because as they have spread out around the world they have strived mightily to cloak themselves in the protections of their host country even while refusing to assimilate to its customs, and in many cases, actively undermining the security of those nations. European leaders have recently become sharply aware of the consequences. British Prime Minister David Cameron called the UK’s accommodating of Muslim extremists a mistake. “The idea that we should respect different cultures within Britain to the point of allowing them – indeed encouraging them – to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream…is wrong headed,” Cameron said to a European commission.
While working under-cover, I have sat in Islamist training sessions (run in some cases by Muslim leaders that many in the West might call “the moderate voices”) and have been lectured on how Muslims “must blend in.” Not for the purposes of assimilation, but for the purpose of deception: “call yourself American, call yourself Canadian,” we were instructed. It is the logical way to acquire political power to advance the Islamist agenda.
The Islamists have been practicing Fourth Generation Warfare against the West for years. They have waged war as an organization rather than as a nation, thus making counter-measures extremely difficult. It is a strategy designed specifically to obscure who is an enemy and who isn’t.
We are constantly admonished by the news media –and the administration– not to “indict a whole religion based on a few fanatics” who carry out deadly terrorist attacks. But when the military of a nation-state attacks U.S. interests, isn’t that what we do? When Iraq merely posed a threat to stability by attempting a weapons-of-mass-destruction-program, coalition nations fought a war that not only devastated Iraq’s military, but also killed civilians and eliminated civilian infrastructure. Those are the unintended consequences of wars to preserve liberty and Western Civilization. Stated crassly, that is the cost to Iraqis of not overthrowing their maniacal tyrant, Saddam Hussein, who was not only terrorizing their country, but also threatening other nations.
Wars waged by Islamic organizations, such as al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah are in essence the same as wars waged by nation-states. Non-violent members of the organization may pay a price for the crimes of other members of the organization who use them as human shields. As harsh as that seems, perhaps we in the U.S. have made life too easy for Muslims who allow themselves to be used in that way. Do those who simply ignore violent jihadists and say, “well, I am not one of them,” while never divorcing themselves from the violent community as a whole, not earn some culpability?
Allowing the global Islamic community to remain intact hampers our ability to distinguish between those with a violent or anti-West agenda from those who respect freedom and religious liberty. How can we tolerate it?
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By Scott Wheeler
What does the US Department of Justice have in common with the radical Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out a close associate of our Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez will soon be advising this fundamentalist group on how to takeover and run Egypt, further destabilizing this critical arena. The Executive Director of Perez’s former organization is planning on teaming up with the Muslim Brotherhood in the overthrow of the Egyptian government. To the point, Thomas Perez was president of Casa de Maryland, a group known to advocate for illegal alien rights, just prior to joining the DOJ. The group’s current Executive Director, Gustav Torres, is also on the board of directors of an extremist group called The Organizers Forum. This group has chosen to ignore the organic democracy movement made up of many pro US demonstrators and declare the unpopular Muslim Brotherhood as the winner of the rulers’ roulette in Egypt.
“Our fall 2011 International Dialogue will be located in Egypt where we will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo. There are exciting changes and developments that are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime, now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood” reads The Organizers Forum website.
But the Muslim Brotherhood came to this rebellion late and appears to be waiting on the sideline for the chaos there to provide them an opportunity to use its signature method, violence, to take control of this strategically situated country. What is so strange about The Organizers Forum is its declaration that the Muslim Brotherhood is the group opposing the “autocratic regime” when in fact informed analysts know that it is not – at least not until their experienced well-connected community organizer brethren arrive from the United States.
The group’s board of directors reads like a who’s who of Obama associates including: Mary Gonzales, Associate Director of the Gamaliel Foundation; and Wade Rathke, Chief Organizer of ACORN just to name a couple.
There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation reported about the Muslim Brotherhood in the media since the uprising in Egypt. To be clear, for years, counterterrorism experts both inside and outside of the US government have sought to have the Muslim Brotherhood listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist Organization by the State Department. Most consider it the godfather of all violent terrorist organizations, having founded HAMAS and al Qaida. Ayman al Zwahiri, al Qaida’s number two behind Osama bin Laden, was a leader in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed in Egypt and responsible for a significant assassination attempt – on President Hosni Mubarak in 1995.
Bruce Tefft, a retired CIA officer and a founding member of the CIA’s counter terrorism bureau told this column, “The Muslim Brotherhood created the PLO and HAMAS” and counts among its membership “both al Zawahiri and bin Laden.” The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is also the chapter that spawned Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the September 11 attacks.
When Obama visited Cairo in 2009, many noticed a strange move by the administration to invite members of the Muslim Brotherhood to attend his speech, typically the kind of people that the Secret Service would screen out of presidential events. In June of 2009, Fox News reported,
“Khaled Hamza, editor of the Muslim Brotherhood Web site, confirmed to FOXNews.com that 10 members of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc received official invitations to attend the speech.” Read more
So much of what Obama has done since being elected President has made the bizarre seem normal. Through sound analysis one easily views connections between violent Left-wing groups in the United States and violent Islamic terrorist organizations in the Middle East, Obama would be unquestionably close to the nucleus of the chart.
Imagine dancing between two such disparate and dangerous organizations as Bill Ayer’s Weather Underground and the terrorists of Hamas. These two factions joined only in the bloody pool of the death Western Freedom.
Over the past several months this column has questioned what the anti-American Left has in common with radical Islam. Hyperbole aside, the answer lies in their mutual hatred of the United States. And Obama seems to have far more in common with them than he does with any patriotic American.