Looking back at the history of diplomatic outreach to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union can be like looking at a Marx Brothers movie. It’s a long comedy of errors, but there’s no Groucho Marx waggling his eyebrows and toting a cigar to show us that the participants are in on the joke.
Like those long unfunny stretches involving Chamberlain promising peace in our time and FDR posing with Uncle Joe Stalin, our modern diplomatic outreach to Islamists is a comedy of horrible unfunny errors that lead to blood on the walls and not much else.
Last month I reported on The Point that the February 17 Martyrs Brigade assigned to protect the Benghazi consulate, in lieu of the more provocative US Marines, was actually run by the Muslim Brotherhood. Now Diana West notes in her column that Ansar Al-Sharia, the Islamist militia that reportedly led the attack on the Benghazi consulate was a spinoff of Feb 17.
Imagine, pre-9/11/12, that you were responsible for arranging the defense of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Would you have considered American interests and personnel best protected by bringing in a local security outfit called the February 17 Martyrs Brigade?…
Meanwhile, Ansar al Sharia (“Supporters of Islamic Law”), the al-Qaida-linked militia believed to have led the consulate assault in September, is a spinoff of the February 17 Martyrs Brigade,
The Islamist militia that Obama turned to in order to provide security to the Benghazi consulate was affiliated with the Islamist militia that would attack the consulate. The thin red line between the moderate Islamists trying to enforce Islamic law with AK-47s and the Islamic extremists trying to enforce Islamic law with AK-47s proved to be both very thin and very red.