Obama’s Disastrous Islamist Outreach


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For three years, Barack Obama’s engagement policy with Islamists, most notably in Iran, has proven dangerous. The Iranian regime exploited Obama’s show of weakness by moving ahead aggressively with its nuclear weapon program. Now the Obama administration is doubling down on its disastrous engagement policy. It is serving as the midwife to the takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood and of Afghanistan by the Taliban. And there is a distressing link between the two.

A front page article in the New York Times on January 5th reported what has been obvious since Obama took office. The administration has sought to “forge close ties” with the Muslim Brotherhood – “an organization once viewed as irreconcilably opposed to United States interests.”

Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and recently joined with the ambassador to Egypt, Anne W. Patterson, for a meeting with top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, compared the Obama administration’s outreach to President Ronald Reagan’s arms negotiations with the Soviet Union. “The United States needs to deal with the new reality,” Senator Kerry said. “And it needs to step up its game.”

That is a ridiculous analogy. Reagan negotiated with the Soviet Union, but never waivered from his belief that the Soviet Union was an evil empire whose ideology must be defeated.  The Obama administration’s outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood is based on its mistaken belief that it has reformed in a way that brings it much closer to the Western model of a pluralistic party committed to individual freedoms.

To the contrary, when push comes to shove, the Muslim Brotherhood’s dominance of the civil government in Egypt, by virtue of its parliamentary election victories, will mean the imposition of sharia law and jihad against infidels. Nothing the Obama administration is trying to do through its aggressive overtures, including recent high-level meetings with Muslim Brotherhood officials, will change that fact.  Jihad is embedded in its history, as evidenced by the violent Islamic jihadist organizations such as Hamas that it spawned. And let’s not forget that it was the Muslim Brotherhood that gave Osama bin Laden’s former deputy and current leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, his start.

Jihad remains in the Muslim Brotherhood’s DNA. Its motto includes the words: “Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” The Brotherhood’s new offices are emblazoned with its emblem of crossed swords.

The Obama administration’s ostensible rationale for engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood is that it is simply bowing to political reality. Based on the results of Egyptian parliamentary elections so far, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party looks set to play a dominant role in Egypt’s new parliament and in the civil government to which Obama administration officials are pressing Egypt’s military to hand over the reins of power. But, in fact, the Obama administration is not simply being reactive. It helped bring about what is now unfolding in Egypt by throwing Egyptian president Mubarak under the bus and lending its hand to legitimize the false image of the Muslim Brotherhood as some sort of alternative moderate advocate of peace, pluralistic democracy and freedom for all Egyptians.

At the same time, in order to find a face-saving way out of the quagmire in Afghanistan in which the Obama administration finds itself after escalating the war there while simultaneously announcing a timetable for withdrawal, the administration is pursuing talks with the Taliban. It is using an untrustworthy Muslim Brotherhood connection to do so.

According to a report appearing in the Indian newspaper Hindu, diplomatic sources have said that Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is regarded as the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has emerged as a key mediator in secret talks between the U.S. and the Taliban:

Mr. al-Qaradawi helped draw a road map for a deal between the Taliban and the United States, aimed at giving the superpower a face-saving political settlement ahead of its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan which is due to begin in 2014.

In return for the release of prisoners still held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, the lifting of United Nations sanctions on its leadership and its recognition as a legitimate political group, the Taliban was expected to agree to sever its links to transnational organisations like al-Qaeda, end violence and eventually share power with the Afghan government.

But what can the Taliban negotiators really deliver, even if it were serious in wanting to reach a peaceful settlement? There is no indication that these negotiators are in a position to turn over the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and his inner circle, who harbored al Qaeda when the Taliban was in control of Afghanistan. Nor will they be able to diffuse the growing power of the new generation of Taliban commanders ideologically committed to al-Qaeda’s vision.

The Obama administration’s idea of negotiations is to consider releasing Taliban detainees who are likely to return to jihad against U.S. forces without even any commitment reported to date that the Taliban would return the U.S. soldier it kidnapped. The only concrete step the Taliban negotiators have reportedly agreed to undertake in the short term is to set up an office in Qatar for talks.

It’s bad enough that the Obama administration is even considering talks on such terms – a prescription for appeasement. The fact that the Obama administration is foolish enough to trust al-Qaradawi as an intermediary with the Taliban is mind-boggling. Have they not read what this jihadist has been preaching?

The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader’s call for jihad extends not only to the conquest of Israel and the killing of Jews. It includes the conquest of Europe and beyond.

In 2003 al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa declaring that

Islam will return to Europe as a victorious conqueror after having been expelled twice. This time it will not be conquest by the sword, but by preaching and spreading [Islamic] ideology […] The future belongs to Islam […] The spread of Islam until it conquers the entire world and includes both East and West marks the beginning of the return of the Islamic Caliphate [.]

A 2009 State Department cable, published by WikiLeaks, quoted a sermon by al-Qaradawi in which he condemned Jews for spreading “corruption in the land” and called for “the revenge of Allah” upon them. And he didn’t spare the United States. He condemned the United States for acting “like a god in this world” and cautioned the U.S. and the West that “according to the law of Allah, they should collapse.”

Yet this is the man in whom the Obama administration places its trust to help mediate a peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Just as the Obama administration trusts al-Qaradawi, the spiritual guide for the Muslim Brotherhood, to help it escape the mess in Afghanistan, the Obama administration has come to believe in the good intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood itself in how it plans to govern in Egypt.

Interestingly, President Obama himself, during his 2011 Super Bowl Day interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, wanted viewers to know he was concerned “there are strains of their [Muslim Brotherhood] ideology that are anti-U.S.” But he dodged the question whether the Muslim Brotherhood represented a threat to the U.S., saying that they were only “one faction in Egypt” that lacked majority support.

Despite that brief glimmer of Super Bowl Day reality about the Muslim Brotherhood coming from Obama himself, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said just a few days before Obama’s interview that any new Egyptian government “has to include a whole host of important non-secular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner,” a remark most likely directed at U.S. support for the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in any future government.

In February 2011, U.S. director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood “pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera….. There is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.” However, his characterization of the Brotherhood as “largely secular” went a bit too far, even for the Obama administration.

In June 2011, well before the recent parliamentary elections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained the Obama administration’s decision to ignore the “anti-U.S.” strains in the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and engage them in concert with its policy to deal with “peaceful” organizations. She said that “We welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us.”

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  • patriot

    walks like a duck, quakes like a duck, looks like a duck, then it is a duck.
    Obama is a Muslim, read the story and you see it there.

  • Harihar

    Majority of US citizens, its media and its academia wants US to forge close ties with islam. After 9/11, US has admitted to itself that islam is the way forward and we are now witnessing the fruits of this belief.

    On other threads I predicted way back when Obama first declared his nomination for the Presidency that he’ll win – and I was ridiculed and put down as someone who did not understand the American psyche. Now who’s laughing!

    Don’t get me wrong, I believe that islam is a blot on human civilisation and has no place in civilised society. But I am in a minority. If we are to believe in the cycle of good vs evil then we are going through the darker side of our evolution and islam will take us there and we are helpless to stop it.

    Obama/Clinton/Tony Blair/Merkel (you get my point) are “yumdoots” sent by islam.
    “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad”.

    • kafirman

      I appreciate the exercise of freedom on frontpagemag. On Islamic sites, one is not able to leave comments, without the censorship of one advocating both political and economic apartheid (Jizya tax, Koran 9:29) and sexual slavery (Koran 4:3, inter alia).

      As much as I disagree with David's Horowitz's notion of religious neutrality, I appreciate this gesture of freedom, where I proudly join the chorus of freedom-minded folks to debit the rating of this fool Harihar.

    • mounir

      Correction: it is the majority of US media and academia ( the left) , but not the citizens.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    We are watching Obama's Moslem outreach disaster turn into a US foreign policy catastrophe that could overshadow the horrific events of 1979 and 1980 (Iran-Iraq War) under Jimmy Carter.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

      I never thought I'd live to see the day when we had a worse President than Jimmy Carter. Of course, the American people don't seem to know what's happening over there. We have our work cut out for us.

  • Dispozadaburka

    9/9/2009 was the turning point in the war.
    September 2009, Muslim prayer Day, on the Mall in Washington, DC.
    (Lead by our current president ) Praying for "THE SOUL" of America.
    Now our president says we are leaving the middle east with "honor."
    When in fact what has transpired is an act of " submission to islam."
    If you attack a muslim country and withdraw your troops "honorably"
    you have admitted defeat and give away your territory to them.
    That is why we have been infiltrated at the highest levels of our government
    and that is why we are going towards socialism.
    It is the first step in Islamisizing a country.

  • montlasky

    How many times do the majority of the well informed have to say that there is no such thing as a benign Muslim!! They ( the Muslims) are hell bent on destroying the infidel world and are well on their way to doing just that. What are we doing to stop them? Nothing to very little.
    How does one wake up the world to this danger especially when the current resident in the White House turns a blind (?) eye to this lethal progression of the jihadists. HELP US SOMEBODY!!!!!!!!

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Yusuf Al-Quaradawi? That's like FDR engaging Josef Goebbels to negotiate with the Japanese. Do you need anymore proof that Obama was thrust upon the United States,(and elected) to deliver America into the maw of a world-wide Islamic caliphate. Who IS Obama?
    Where does he come from? And WHY has there been no move to impeach him?

  • Dispozadaburka

    Welcome to Saudi America.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Negotiating with terrorists will not work. They cannot be trusted. The Taliban is not a country. It is an organization that aspires to take over countries, kill all the Jews, and kill all the Americans. Obama does not need to negotiate with the terrorists because he is a coconspirator. Obama will likely so what he wants to do and we will pay for it in blood and treasure.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Let's drop all Islamic (the existence of Islamists is a false PC multicultural myth) outreach, drop the so-called War on Terror because it couldn't be anymore fantasy based, and instead transition into a new saner strategy of containing the growth, spread, and expansion of Islam.

    Thus, step one would be to eradicate the ruling Mullah regime in Iran and destroy their nuclear weapons program. Step two would be via coercion or overwhelming brute force, whatever, confiscate and destroy the Saudi funded nuclear weapons arsenal of Pakistan, while simultaneously destroying their nuclear weapons program. Step three would be outlawing, banning, and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP. Step four would be seizing the Mideast oilfields and confiscating the enormous unearned oil wealth of the Saudis and the Gulf States, not out of greed, but instead to obliterate their stealth global jihad in self defense. The last and final step would be isolating the Islamic world so that the totalitarian ideology of Islam can over time eventually become discredited.

  • burkasrugly

    And now our illustrious Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has signed us on to UN Resolution 16/18 which sets up the framework for making it a criminal offense to criticize Islam. http://actjonesboroar.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/ob

  • BLJ

    O = One
    B = Big
    A = Ass
    M = Mistake
    A= America

    • Philosopher

      Cute!

  • g_jochnowitz

    Who stabbed Gabriel Cabas, the Christian Orthodox priest who was killed in Jaffa? If the press (and the world) are trying to reach out to Islam, we may never find out. http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id

  • g_jochnowitz

    Oops. Cadis is the surname. Sorry.

  • tanstaafl

    I didn't vote for the Obamahdi, because of his inexperience. After three years, it's just gotten worse.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    How can the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban get their way. First take over
    the White House and the rest is down hill from there………….makes a guy wonder?
    William

  • curmudgeon

    obama is like chamberlain, except that chamberlain did not hate his own country.

  • kafirman

    Mr. Klein, this is nothing short of a spectacular article. You are very close to stating the following, "While Obama's most emphatic statement on any subject is that 'the US is not, and will never be, at war with Islam,' coherency fights against this multicultural prejudice. Islam is the clear enemy of civilization. The anti-US sentiment of Islamic groups only endear Barry Soetorro, John Kerry, Hillary and Biden to them. Oh for a US political leader to expose the evil moral cover for Islam being treasonously laid by the left."

    However the remark, "The Obama administration is trying to deceive the American people into thinking that Islamism – whether the Taliban or Muslim Brotherhood flavor – is anything other than our ideological enemy" is a self-inflicted wound on your article. The US is at war with Islam, not Islamism. It is the Koran of Islam — and not the multiculturalist Islam-saving scapegoat of this non-existent "Islamism" — that inspires and mandates war against we kafir who are "the worst among beasts" (Koran 8:55).

  • jamesdalbright

    The fact is that Obama and his Socialist National European NATO cohorts orchestrated the over throw of Mubarak with the Muslim Brotherhood. This can be seen clearly in their activities. Obama met with the Muslim Brotherhood in 2009 long before Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 and made the remark in a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper with the Muslim Brotherhood that "when the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt they would honor the Camp David Peace Accords". He did this with the Muslim Brotherhood to cause the Egyptians to accept the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood by planting the suggestion, which was an is a lie, that nothing would change in Egypt except that they would get rid of a dictator. In June of 2010, six months before the orchestrated over throw of Mubarak began Hillary Clinton had a open fit when Mubarak extended the Emergency Law in Egypt, because she knew that doing so gave him the legal means to use what ever force was necessary to put down the Muslim Brotherhood and or incited protestors that these Socialists in the Democratic Party planned to launch at Mubarak to over throw him and she wanted to protect them as much as possible. Even before the Mubarak was overthrown the Muslim Brotherhood began demanding that Egypt cancel the Camp David Peace Accords. The recent comments by Obama are to cover up that he and his Socialists in the Democratic Party took part in overthrowing Mubarak for the purpose of installing a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt that would cause Egypt to become more of a threat to Israel than they already were so that the Socialists could use the increased threat to force Israel to capitulate to the demands of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates in Gaza with out actually having to go to war with Israel. Obama and his Socialists in the Democratic Party are guilty of orchestrating the over throw of Gadafi in Libya and President Saleh in Yemen and the ongoing over throw of Assad in Syria and Abdullah in Jordan for the purpose of installing Muslim Brotherhood governments in these countries. His also guilty now of using the US military to aid and abet the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization when he directed Panetta to send the US military to help the Islah Party, which is the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organizational political party in Yemen to over throw al-Qaeda strong holds in the Abyan Governate in Yemen and to help the Muslim Brotherhood governments in Libya and Tunisia fight against al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, who earlier welcomed to part in overthrowing these governments, is now moving to establish themselves in these countries. In fact the Muslin Brotherhood humanitarian front which was opened immediately after Gadafi was over thrown in now being used to recruit, fund and supply Muslims to go to Syria and over throw Assad. Obama isn't buying anything he and his Socialist Democrats are by their self indoctrinated hatred towards Christians and Jews taking part in the planning of these activities to help the Muslims force Israel to capitulate to the Muslim Brotherhood's demands,which will lead to the next step to annihilate Israel.

  • PAthena

    Why does Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have Huma Abedin as an aide, when Huma Abedin is closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood?