Ynet is reporting glee in Egypt today as the Muslim Brotherhood responded to yesterday’s report that the United States was ready to open direct channels with the Ikhwan. More ominously, of course, was Clinton’s absurd characterization of the group as one that is, “peaceful and committed to nonviolence” (a precondition for the talks).
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is willing to hold talks with the United States, a spokesman said Friday, taking up an offer of dialogue seen as an implicit recognition by Washington that the group will likely hold significant political power in Egypt’s post-Hosni Mubarak era.
“Now the Muslim Brotherhood will not have to worry of moving forward toward taking over power,” [Egyptian commentator Ammar Ali] Hassan said. “For decades, the United States has been eying this possibility and ready to open channels with whoever is the leading force in the country.”