- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The success of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Morsi in taking charge of Egypt and its domestic and foreign policy has been replete with chicanery and falsehoods (“The Islamist president’s power grab,” Comment & Analysis, July 5).

Initially stating that they were not interested in political power and would not even mount candidates for election, the Muslim Brotherhood reneged and conducted a successful campaign to elect Mr. Morsi as president, albeit by a narrow majority. Now, in contradiction to recent promises, the Islamist president has attempted to establish his theocratic regime as the law of the land, exclusive of the military and secular parties, reminiscent of many dictators in the 20th century.

The United States and certainly the State Department should realize that we are dealing with a group that has no regard for promises or the truth. Its leaders claim moderation but have an agenda that is otherwise. Certainly any U.S. invitation to this theocratic leader will only give credibility to his regime.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring