by John Rosenthal
August 06, 2012
The so-called Arab Spring has ushered in many surprising changes. The Muslim Brotherhood has been rehabilitated by the present American administration. Long before the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi was elected Egyptian president, the administration was openly courting the organization. In this context, it is hardly surprising that many observers would regard a recent book by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Johnson as the book of the hour. Johnson’s volume contains a sensational thesis: that the U.S. had already gotten involved with the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and that the Brotherhood’s leading representative in Europe was even a CIA asset. The whole basis of Johnson’s narrative of American “collusion” with Ramadan and the Brotherhood is circumstantial evidence and conjecture.