William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






OH, NOT AGAIN – AT 8:56 A.M. ET:  You'd think the impostors in Washington would have learned something by their misguided campaign to rush Hosni Mubarak out of the Egyptian presidency, paving the way for rule by the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Now we must worry that these world-class strategists are doing the same in Jordan, our firmest ally in the Arab world.  From the brilliant Israeli-Muslim writer, Khaled Abu Toameh, at Gatestone Institute:

Has the US Administration decided to get rid of Jordan's King Abdullah?

This is the question that many Jordanians have been asking in the past few days following a remark made by a spokesman for the US State Department.

Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner managed to create panic [and anger] in the Royal Palace in Amman when he stated that there was "thirst for change" in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had "economic, political concerns," as well as "aspirations."

The spokesman's remark has prompted some Jordanian government officials to talk about a US-led "conspiracy" to topple King Abdullah's regime.

The talk about a "thirst for change" in Jordan is seen by the regime in Amman as a green light from the US to King Abdullah's enemies to increase their efforts to overthrow the monarchy.

The US spokesman's remark came as thousands of Jordanians took to the streets to protest against their government's tough economic measures, which include cancelling subsidies for fuel and gas prices.


Unless the US clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up their efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom. Washington needs to reassure King Abdullah and his followers that it would not allow the creation of an Islamic terror republic in Jordan. The Americans also need to put pressure on the Gulf countries to resume financial aid to Jordan, to avoid turning the kingdom into a source of threats against moderate Arabs and Muslims, as well as the West.

COMMENT:  I have seen no such reassurance for the government of Jordan coming from Washington.  Abdullah, and his late father, King Hussein, took great risks to back the United States, and Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel.  It is sheer madness to pull the rug out from under the king and risk another Arab country falling to the Muslim Brotherhood.

What are they thinking in Washington?  Or are they thinking what Barack Hussein Obama Jr. wants them to think?

This is the same administration that tried to deny, then play down, Al Qaeda involvement in the Libya attack.

It's true, the government of Jordan is not a democracy.  It is a monarchy, but a mild one, compared to other regimes in the region.  If it fell to Islamic fundamentalism, that would be no ornament to human freedom.  Think women's rights for a moment.

When you look at the first four years of Obama, you must conclude that the only force to have gained strength in the Mideast is fundamentalist Islam.  I wonder why.  I really do wonder why. 

November 20, 2012