Fox News ran an anonymous front page story on its website alleging that Secretary of Defense James Mattis “wants the Pentagon’s top civilian job to go to a one-time prominent supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.” A similar charge against the pick , former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, appeared on notoriously anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller’s website six days earlier, alleging that Patterson was “instrumental in [President Barack] Obama’s backing of the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi regime in Egypt.”
Politico Reports That Mattis Wanted Patterson For Undersecretary Of Defense For Policy But Was “Running Into Resistance From White House Officials”
Politico: The Trump Administration Is “Voicing Concerns About” Patterson’s Work As U.S. Ambassador To Egypt And Is “Running Into Resistance From White House Officials.” According to a March 2 report from Politico’s Eliana Johnson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was “running into resistance” to Patterson’s nomination “from White House officials.” According to Johnson, Patterson “came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the” democratically elected, now-former President Mohamed Morsi, “and White House officials are voicing concerns about those decisions now.” From Politico’s March 2 article:
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon – and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers.
As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it—and White House officials are voicing concerns about those decisions now. [Politico, 3/2/17]
Fox News Runs Anonymously Written Article Alleging Patterson Is “A Onetime Prominent Supporter” Of “The Muslim Brotherhood”
Fox News: Secretary Of Defense “Wants The Pentagon’s Top Civilian Job To Go To A Onetime Prominent Supporter Of Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi And The Muslim Brotherhood.” According to an anonymously written article featured on the front page of FoxNews.com, apparently “there is widespread concern, both at home and abroad, about” Patterson’s alleged “close ties to ousted [Egyptian President Mohamed] Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.” According to the article, “Patterson’s support of Morsi and his Islamist government” has apparently “rubbed off on President Trump and others within the White House at a time when the president is considering declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.” From the March 10 article:
President Trump’s defense secretary wants the Pentagon’s top civilian job to go to a onetime prominent supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, a group Trump may designate as a terrorist organization.
While Patterson’s bona fides are not in question – she has served as an ambassador to Egypt, Pakistan, Colombia, El Salvador and the United Nations, along with being President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs – there is widespread concern, both at home and abroad, about her close ties to ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Her poor standing among the Egyptian public seems to have rubbed off on President Trump and others within the White House at a time when the president is considering declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. [FoxNews.com, 3/10/17]
Fox’s Article Echoes The Notoriously Anti-Muslim Activist Pamela Geller
Pamela Geller: “Is Mattis Nuts? As Ambassador To Egypt, Patterson Was Instrumental In Obama’s Backing Of The Muslim Brotherhood Morsi Regime.” On March 4, infamous anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller published a piece on her website asking whether Mattis is “nuts” for considering Patterson for undersecretary of defense for policy. Geller characterized Patterson as “instrumental in [President Barack] Obama’s backing of the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi regime in Egypt” and called her a “terror supporter.” [PamelaGeller.com, 3/4/17]
Pamela Geller Is Notoriously Anti-Muslim
The Southern Poverty Law Center Labeled Geller As “Probably The Best Known — And The Most Unhinged — Anti-Muslim Ideologue In The United States.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Geller is infamous for anti-Muslim statements such as calling Islam “an extreme ideology, the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth.” She “made her name opposing the Park51 project in New York City in 2010, labeling it a ’victory mosque’ being raised by Muslims on ‘conquered land’” to celebrate the 9/11 attacks and insinuating without evidence that its financing might be tied to terrorists.” [Southern Poverty Law Center, 10/25/16]
Geller On Fox: A Mosque “Basically Embodies The Very Ideology That Inspired” The 9/11 Attacks. On May 15, 2010, Geller appeared on Fox News' Huckabee to discuss her opposition to a New York City Islamic community center, calling it “an outrage, an insult,” and “humiliating to the families and to all Americans.” Geller called the community center “a mosque,” saying that it “basically embodies the very ideology that inspired those attacks on 9/11.” [Fox News, Huckabee, 5/15/10]
Geller On Fox: “Arabic” Is “A Spearhead Of An Ideological Project That Is Deeply Opposed To The United States Of America.” On February 14, 2011, Geller appeared on Fox Business' Follow the Money to discuss Arabic language instruction in Texas schools. Geller said that Arabic “is the language of Islam and it is a spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States of America.” [Fox Business, Follow the Money, 2/14/11, via Nexis]
Geller Claimed That “This Idea Of Immigration Is A Form Of Jihad.” In an interview on Fox host Sean Hannity’s radio show, Geller stated that “this idea of immigration is a form of jihad” and that the “concept of immigration jihad goes all the way back to Muhammad.” Geller claimed that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is “work[ing] furiously to disarm the American people in the information battle space” and concluded, “I don't fear the fanaticism of our enemy. I fear the confusion on our side.” From the March 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Even Islamic countries that practice Sharia -- fundamentally, Sharia is at odds with the liberties and freedoms that we bestow upon every individual, endowed by their creator. Isn't there an inherent cultural conflict, Pam?
PAMELA GELLER: Absolutely, and I think it's important that people understand that this immigration -- this idea of immigration is a form of jihad. The concept of immigration jihad goes all the way back to Muhammad. It's al-Hijrah -- it's the Hijrah, and it is a means of supplanting the native population and reaching the position of power. It is a tenet of Islamic imperialism. It's a religious imperative that they are following, they're following Muhammad. And, you know, all of these bus campaigns that we do, all of these ad campaigns that we are viciously criticized for, is a way to, increase awareness among the American people. Because these groups, these terror-tied groups, like the unindicted co-conspirator, Council of American Islamic Relations, work furiously to disarm the American people in the information battle space. And it's very important -- and I thank God for you, Sean, that you do these shows, because I know you take a lot of heat for it as well. The war right now is in the information battle space and all of the bullets, the bombs, and the bloodshed comes as a result of what happens in this war. And people like myself, and Brigitte Gabriel, and Robert Spencer, and Ibn Warraq, we are blacklisted. We don't speak on college campuses. But Islamic supremacists do. Hate preachers do. I get banned from the U.K. because I oppose jihad. But hate preachers are welcomed into the U.K. The problem is in the West. I don't fear the fanaticism of our enemy. I fear the confusion on our side. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 3/28/16]
Geller Praised Trump’s Administration At Breitbart.com
Geller Accused Opposition To Trump As Being Led By Groups “Who Seek To Impose Sharia Across This Great Land.” In addition to praising Trump’s first five days as president as “nothing short of miraculous,” writing at Breitbart.com Geller warned that opposition to Trump was being led by groups whose “rallying cry” was “black slavery (in many Muslim countries), gender apartheid, creed apartheid.” From a January 26 post:
Trump’s accomplishments in five days are nothing short of miraculous. We are witnessing history. And it’s wonderful. And no one is talking about it. It’s kafkaesque.
The old Republican guard, falling into the media’s trap once again, decry Trump’s handling of the media. They say he shouldn’t be responding to the media’s false accusations. Instead, he should be talking about the actions he is taking. As if the media would report on that (no less positively) about what Trump has set in motion And why are the RINOs still considered our spokespeople? They are not. Has FOX learned nothing from this election? They, too, are playing into the enemedia’s false narratives of crowd size, wall costs and black sites.
The left will not go quietly. They want a war, and by George, they may very well get one. Last night, they demonstrated in Washington Square Park — led by Hamas-tied CAIR. It is amusing that the left has handed the reins of power to terror-tied groups such as CAIR, who seek to impose sharia across this great land. Black slavery (in many Muslim countries), gender apartheid, creed apartheid is now the rallying cry for the left? Perfect. The left has become a ridiculous parody of itself. [Breitbart.com, 1/26/17]