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Santorum: Obama ‘in bed with Muslim Brotherhood’

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 23, 2012 16:54 EDT
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Rick Santorum speaks to Fox News
 
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that President Barack Obama was “willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood” and throw former dictator Hosni Mubarak “under the bus” during Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator warned that the president had not done enough to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“The main thing that has to be done is we need to do what President Obama was very willing to do in Egypt and Libya — but seems reticent to do in Syria and Iran, those two connected states — which is to support the pro-democracy movement in those countries,” Santorum explained. “The president was willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and in Egypt, but actually sided with Syria in this struggle by recognizing them as a government for the first time in many many years.”

“And of course during the elections in 2009 when the Green Revolution was sparked in Iran, he sided with [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs. Again, if you are an enemy of the United States, you’re going to get very nice treatment from Obama. But if you’re a friend, you’re going to get thrown under the bus.”

As the crisis in Egypt was deepening early last January, the Obama administration admitted that there was a role in the country for the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest group opposing then-President Mubarak.

But White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also said a reformed government “has to include a whole host of important nonsecular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ On the Record, broadcast Feb. 23, 2012.

 

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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