THE BROTHERHOOD – AT 11:15 A.M. ET: More on the Obama appeasement beat. One of the most disturbing things we've seen in this very disturbing administration is the growing appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood, an ugly, fascistic, anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic organization, not that any of that seems to bother the "sophisticates" in the foreign-policy establishment. From the Washington Times:
...our elites are appeasing Islamic radicals. Several years ago, the Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organization. There has been, however, a policy sea change under the Obama administration. Led by the State Department, it has actively aided and abetted the Brotherhood’s ascendency to power. President Obama withdrew support for a longtime U.S. ally, former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood has been the big winner. Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, is a former Brotherhood member. At an election rally earlier this year, Mr. Morsi addressed tens of thousands of Brotherhood supporters who chanted that a “million martyrs will descend upon Jerusalem.” The Brotherhood’s goal is to forge an Islamist Egypt. It seeks to cleanse the country of its Coptic Christians. It also calls for the destruction of Israel. The Sinai region has become a jihadist haven.
Moreover, the Obama administration is intervening in Syria’s civil war. Ms. Clinton has called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to step down. The CIA is secretly arming and funding the anti-Assad rebels. Mr. Assad presides over an odious, brutal regime. Yet, what threatens to replace him will be even worse. The opposition is dominated by jihadists and the Muslim Brotherhood. The rebels want to erect a Sunni Muslim theocracy. Their aim is to exterminate the Alawite Shiite minority and expel Syria’s Christians. Mr. Assad’s downfall would mark another major victory for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Arab Spring is thus becoming the Islamist Winter. Instead of denouncing this dangerous trend, the administration has welcomed it. Mr. Morsi has even been invited to visit Mr. Obama in the White House this fall. Think about it: An avowed anti-American Jew-hater, who calls for a global Islamic caliphate, will be given the red carpet treatment.
Hence, the Muslim Brotherhood has gone from pariah to close Obama ally. It has been sanitized and rehabilitated.
COMMENT: The State Department, of course, is dominated by Hillary Clinton. At one time I thought that Clinton, with all her faults and her convenient dishonesty, was at least a grown-up, who would balance Obama's childlike view of the world. These days I'm not so sure. She seems to have no problem with Obama's foreign policy, or with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite her claims to being a sizzling feminist, her indifference to women's rights in the Arab world is a disgrace. She has been a leader in the "reset" of relations with a hostile Russia.
Maybe Hillary is, after all, just another child of the sixties who never quite made it into political adulthood. I suspect she'll give it another presidential shot in 2016, so we'll have more opportunity to find out.
July 28, 2012