Some breaking news if true: At about 3:15pm CDT, Fox News’ Greg Palkot, reporting from Cairo, said Egypt’s interim President has “tapped” Mohamed ElBaradei as his “Deputy.” No explanation of that job description. UPDATE 6:20pm CDT: Palkot was just on live again saying there is discussions of ElBaradei being named Vice President. An announcement yesterday said ElBaradei was the new Egyptian Prime Minister, before the announcement came that he wasn’t. I recently heard Fox News’ Homeland Security correspondent Catherine Herridge say that ElBaradei was “respected in the United States.” Perhaps she was not allowed to add, “by Leftists only.” This morning on Fox News, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton reiterated my recent cautions about Egyptian native Mohamed ElBaradei and his ambitions in Egypt. ElBaradei lived outside of Egypt from 1964 to 2010, mainly in New York City, Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria. With the beginning of the “Arab Spring,” ElBaradei quickly made his way to Cairo with a clear agenda of becoming president. ElBaradei is the single reason Iran is so close to their nuclear goals, or have already achieved them. We wouldn’t know how far along they really are, would we? We can know what you might have said in an email to Aunt Dorothy about a recent visit to the local mall, but US Intelligence gives us guesses about Iran. The following is some data about ElBaradei and why he will never be a democratic leader for Egypt, even if he does manage to be a leader.
As head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), ElBaradei was in an out of Iran and covered copiously for their aggressive nuclear program when “negotiations” between Iran and the Free World were on and off, on and off for years.
● Mohammed El Baradei — self-annointed “leader of the Egyptian opposition” — has more in common with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than anything remotely resembling democracy. He had a 12-year run, ending in 2009, as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where his primary legacy was to bring Iran to the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. He ran defense for Iran all those years, doing everything in his power to delay and delay and divert attention from the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Source: PJ Tatler
● As head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, from 1997 to 2009, the Iranians repeatedly lied to ElBaradei’s face, and he either let them or didn’t know the difference. The Iranians dramatically accelerated their nuclear enrichment program in violation of U.N. resolutions and international law during those 12 years. But ElBaradei never seemed bothered.
Iran built three secret nuclear facilities during this time, yet ElBaredei never seemed to notice (until other intelligence agencies called his attention to them). On Monday night, CSPAN ran a presentation ElBaradei made at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in April. Those who watched it saw him say yet again that he opposes economic sanctions on Iran and even opposes the last case scenario of a preemptive strike against Iran, saying he things “building trust” and more “negotiations” will actually stop Iran from getting the Bomb. Source: Joel Rosenberg
● July 9, 2006: Chris Charlier, head of an IAEA team of 15 complains in April 2006 that Iran will not allow his team to ‘inspect’ facilities properly:
For the first time a Viennese based inspector speaks openly and under his own name about the conditions under which UN inspectors try to bring to light the darkness surrounding the Iranian nuclear program. The reason for his outspoken comments is because since April of this year he is for all practical purposes unemployed. Responsible for this is his Vienna based direct superior, Mohammad El-Baradei.
When Baradei went to Tehran in April for consultations, the chief negotiator of the Shiite theocracy, Ali Larijani gave him an ultimatum to fire Chris Charlier. Iran’s hasty demand. Mohammad El-Baradei acted swiftly in accepting the demand. Chris Charlier had made himself highly unpopular in Tehran since 2003. “I am not a politician, I am a technician and as such the only thing which interests me is whether Iran’s nuclear program is a civil or military one”, Charlier states.
“The inspections have to reach an unambiguous conclusion”. “I believe they are hiding what they are doing with their nuclear activities. It is probable they are doing things of which we have no knowledge,” Charlier responds to a question as to whether Tehran operates a secret parallel nuclear program. Inside countless memos and work reports, Charlier notes the results of inspections and lists the tricks and deceptions of the Tehran rulers, which leads the inspectors in Vienna to a single conclusion: based on pieces of the puzzle gathered by Charlier, “Tehran is obviously making a bomb.” “For that he is now paying the price” says one of his colleagues. “El-Baradei has sacrificed Charlier and set him to counting paper clips in Vienna till he eventually retires”.
Remember when Israel ran a strike on Syria’s nuclear reactor in 2007? ElBaradei, who should have been aware of a Syrian nuclear threat, was upset that Israel didn’t come to him with any information they had. In 2009, ElBaradei said he would not take a position on Israel’s right to a Jewish state.
● February 2011…in recent days the Brotherhood has begun opening supporting ElBaradei and saying that they want to form a “unity” government with him, and he is welcoming their support.
…in an interview on CNN on January 30, 2011, ElBaradei flatly denied that the Muslim Brotherhood is a fundamentalist Islamic organization, claiming that this was “a myth that was sold by the Mubarak regime.” He went on to deny that if the Brotherhood gained control of the Egyptian government they wouldn’t create a Radical Islamic regime that would be similar to what happened in Iran in 1979.
In an interview last week with the German publication Der Spiegel, ElBaradei said: “We should stop demonizing the Muslim Brotherhood,” adding that “they have not committed any acts of violence in five decades. They too want change. If we want democracy and freedom, we have to include them instead of marginalizing them.”
Is he kidding? The Muslim Brotherhood has been one of the most anti-Western, virulently jihadist organizations in the Middle East for decades. They have believed and taught that Islam is the answer, and violent jihad is the way. This was true of its founder Hassan al-Banna. This was true of its intellectual leader Sayyid Qutb in the 1950s and 1960s. This is true of its most famous and deadly disciples, including Osama bin Laden (who was recruited into the Brotherhood by a Syrian high school teacher), and his deputy, Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian national who was also part of the Brotherhood until he joined bin Laden to build al Qaeda as an even more violent and radical Islamist group. It remains true with the Hamas terror movement in Gaza, which is an offshoot of the Egyptian Brotherhood. I document all this in my 2009 non-fiction book, Inside The Revolution. Source: Joel Rosenberg
ElBaradei and the Bush administration were in constant bitter disagreement. Bush tried to unsuccessfully to replace the Iranian tool. By contrast, ElBaradei once said “I could not have thought of any other person that is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Barack Obama.” ElBaradei along with the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2005 for preventing Iran’s nuclear program, which he and the UN failed to prevent.
● January 2011: Mr. ElBaradei, 68, had a fractious relationship with the Bush administration, one so hostile that Bush officials tried to get him removed from his post at the atomic watchdog agency…
But as Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the secular opposition on the streets of Cairo have increasingly coalesced around Mr. ElBaradei to negotiate on their behalf, the Obama administration is scrambling to figure out whether he is someone with whom the United States can deal. Source: NY Times
November 27, 2009: After years of deception and when it is virtually too late, ElBaradei released a report stating that Iran has not provided “requested information.”
● The resolution was adopted during the IAEA board of governors meeting and coincides with the stepping down of Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei — who issued sharp words about Iran in his final report to the agency in Vienna, Austria.
It commends ElBaradei “for his professional and impartial efforts” in working “to resolve safeguards issues in Iran.” And, it commends him for pursuing an agreement with the IAEA, France and Russia for assistance in pursuing nuclear fuel for Tehran’s research reactor…
ElBaradei said the IAEA has hit “a dead end” in verifying information about Iran’s nuclear program and that “there has been no movement on remaining issues of concern which need to be clarified for the agency to verify the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”
● UNITED NATIONS — After several months of grueling diplomacy, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday imposed a fourth round of sanctions onIran’s military establishment — a move that the United States and other major powers said should prompt the Islamic Republic to restart stalled political talks over the future of its nuclear program….
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the foreign ministers of allied nations asked the European Union’s chief diplomat to pursue talks with Iran at the “earliest possible opportunity,” and President Obama asserted that “these sanctions do not close the door on diplomacy.”…
Still, the resolution fell short of the “crippling sanctions” that she had pledged to impose on Iran a year ago, and the Obama administration was unable to secure a unanimous vote at the Security Council, as the Bush administration did on other sanctions resolutions on Iran.
● Page 2 – Iran and the IAEA agreed in August 2007 on a work plan to clarify the outstanding questions regarding Tehran’s nuclear program. Most of these questions, which had contributed to suspicions that Iran had been pursuing a nuclear weapons program, have essentially be resolved. Then IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, however, told the IAEA board June 2, 2008, that there is “one remaining major [unresolved] issue,” which concerns questions regarding “possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.” A May 22, 2013, report from current IAEA Director-General Yukiaya Amano to the Security Council and the IAEA board indicates that the agency has not made any substantive progress on these matters.
What ElBaradei left to others, can now not be undone and his vigorous praise of the Muslim Brotherhood is ignored. Regarding Palkot’s report, I see just this headline – nothing more. Photo credit: FARS News – Hossein Fatemi