(CNN) -- The Obama administration is open to dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday about the Islamist group.It doesn't end there. While speaking in Lithuania, Clinton took the side of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed uprisings in Syria. Via POLITICO:
"We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency," she told reporters in Budapest, Hungary. "And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us."
But, she added, any such contacts "will continue to emphasize the importance of and support for democratic principles, and especially a commitment to nonviolence, respect for minority rights, and the full inclusion of women in any democracy. You cannot leave out half the population and claim that you are committed to democracy."
She added that the policy is not a new one and that the Obama administration has had "limited contacts" with the group.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday repeated her call for Syria to adopt democratic reforms as she pushed President Bashar al-Assad to do more than simply talk with a rival political group.This is not a matter of taking the side of Gadhafi and Bashar al-Assad, as Clinton suggested when she indignantly chided Congress last week when she said, 'Whose side are you on?' It's about what will replace them. There are forces at work that want a Muslim Brotherhood to unite all of these nations, which would make them exponentially more powerful under one banner.
"We know what they have to do," Clinton told reporters in Lithuania, the AP reports. "They must begin a genuine transition to democracy and allowing one meeting of the opposition in Damascus is not sufficient action toward achieving that goal."
Remember, Hillary's closest aide for years has been a woman - Huma Abedin - with incredibly suspicious familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
More on that HERE and HERE.