It was a bit of a head scratcher why Hillary Clinton, while in Egypt on Sunday, was greeted by protestors throwing shoes and tomatoes and bearing posters of Monica Lewinsky and--here's the part that really provokes the head scratching--accusing the U.S. government of funding the Muslim Brotherhood. Where would Egyptians get the idea that America has started funneling money to Islamists?
Now Robert Mackey of the New York Times helpfully traces the lineage of this misinformation, and the trail leads back to two sources: a right-wing Canadian blogger and the inimitable Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the "American Center for Security Policy," who spends much of his time "connecting the proverbial dots" (as he puts it) to reveal the looming peril that Islamists will sneakily impose Shariah law on America.
It turns out that an anti-Muslim-Brotherhood Egyptian blogger named Sara Ahmed had gotten ahold of the transcript of a conversation between Gaffney and the also inimitable retired Gen. William Boykin, who once said that he had prevailed over a Muslim on the battlefield because "my God was bigger than his."
As Mackey reports , Gaffney and Boykin, chatting on Gaffney's webcast radio show, "claimed that Mrs. Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, was participating in a Muslim Brotherhood plot 'to penetrate our government'." Ahmed, in addition to absorbing this revelation, also read a right-wing Canadian blogger's completely garbled interpretation of this apparently accurate report on Lucianne.com: "The White House defended the decision to release USD 1.5 billion in foreign aid to Egypt, on Thursday, following meetings between U.S. officials and lawmakers and representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington."
It was all starting to fall into place: One trusted source says a Hillary Clinton aide is a Muslim Brotherhood plant, another trusted source says the White House funnels money to the Brotherhood. Well, if you were in possession of that kind of information, who would you throw your shoes and tomatoes at?
When Wall Street Journal reporter Matt Bradley tried to straighten Ahmed out, suggesting that William Boykin might not be in possession of the truth, Ahmed tweeted back: "he said it's fact and reality - such former senior wouldn't say such thing without proof!" Plus, he has Frank Gaffney to back him up.