James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, says that the Muslim Brotherhood is “mostly secular”. Your first hint that this is completely, gob-smackingly stupid is the fact that the group is named the Muslim Brotherhood.
If the president is getting his information from this fool, we have a lot to worry about.
UPDATE: The DNI’s office “clarifies”.
UPDATE: Judith Levy:
So just what the hell was this? A simple gaffe? Too detailed. A calculated sound byte intended to give the Brotherhood a false sense of security? Oh, they’re feeling secure, all right. Between this clown and CIA Director Leon Panetta getting his Mubarak intel from CNN, US intelligence is the gift that keeps on giving.
There are two possibilities, and they’re both appalling. One is that Clapper knew everything he was saying was a gross distortion of reality but said it anyway, thereby deliberately misleading the American people and giving aid and comfort to a group whose interests are completely antithetical to those of the United States. The other is that Clapper is genuinely ignorant of the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood, a thought that is just about as unnerving as can be imagined.