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March 19th, 2013
07:11 PM ET

King Abdullah to America: Beware the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

It's a story we think isn't getting enough play elsewhere. President Obama is racking up the air miles, on his first trip to the Holy Land as commander-in-chief. Everyone's talking about that, but what they're not talking about is the fact that the president will also be visiting Jordan, where that country's leader, King Abdullah II, will have a pretty stark warning to the president.

The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg broke this story in his article, "Monarch in the Middle," where the king warned him of a Muslim Brotherhood crescent rising over the Middle East.

King Abdullah "is a lonely guy these days," says Goldberg. Abdullah, says Goldberg, was allies with the former presidents of Tunisia and Egypt.

"These guys are gone and what's replacing them are more Muslim Brotherhood, more religious fundamentalists regimes," says the Atlantic writer. Abdullah "is a secular-oriented modernizer, and he looks at President Morsi in Egypt and he sees a threat to his vision of a pro-Western, religiously plural kind of Middle East."

Abdullah's message to Americans is to pay attention, "because these guys are taking over and they are as much of a threat to modernity and to the west and progressive Arabs as Iran is," Goldberg says.

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