The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has successfully penetrated both political parties and the delicate areas of defense and national security. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin is now executive vice president at the Family Research Council. He says people with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood are in vital positions within every significant area of the U.S. government. He specifically cites high security clearances for such people in the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. He says neither Republicans nor Democrats want to protest too loudly over concerns of being branded intolerant. Boykin says Republicans proved their weakness on the issue by roundly condemning Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann for sounding the alarm on this issue and specifically wondering about the Brotherhood ties of Huma Abedin, a top assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gen. Boykin also slams the sequestration plan that has the military on course for an additional $500 billion in cuts over the next decade. He says that will weaken every branch of the service and claims a naive rationale is behind it all. Gen. Boykin says President Obama and other liberals have a vision where the U.S. takes a smaller role on the world stage so they think our military will not need to maintain it’s current size and won’t be pumping money into the Middle East. The general says that’s nonsense, pointing out that as long as oil and Israel are in the Middle East we’ll need to maintain a presence there.