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The secular Egyptian army will hold out for a bit, but will finally succumb. That is what happened in Turkey, where Obama’s other favorite extremist Islamic leader, Recept Erdogan, swept the army aside. Turkey, once a reliable NATO ally, is now an unreliable force, and Egypt, once a reliable friend of the US, will also drift away.
Throughout this chain of events, it is hard not to see the resemblance between President Obama’s actions in Egypt and those of President Jimmy Carter in Iran.
Carter and his aides hoped/prayed for moderation in Iran. But we got 30 years of death, terror, and a nuclear bomb program. Obama and Co. will get much the same from the Brotherhood, whose Arabic name—Ikhwan—comes from the blood-curdling Wahhabi movement in Arabia that spawned the Brotherhood in Egypt.
Obama and his aides like to drone on about how Obama personally liquidated Osama Bin-Laden, but in the long term, Obama’s loss of Egypt will be much more important, and it could overshadow even Carter’s loss of Iran.
Egypt is the anchor of the Mediterranean theater. It was coveted by Napoleon and the Soviets, and it is at the heart of the Middle East. If it radiates instability, we all lose, as extremism flows out to Israel, Europe and pro-US Arab states.
What happened to the Obama Administration? Why were its officials not more alert to the underside of the so-called “Arab Spring”?
Top anti-terror officials in the Obama Administration gave speeches at NYU or Georgetown describing the beauty of Islam and speaking of jihad as a spiritual journey.
Soon, we may discover where that journey leads.
To battle Arab-Islamic terror efficiently, we must re-establish a cadre of Middle East specialists who are experts in history and language rather than politically correct nostrums that lead only to wishful thinking and strategic surprise.
Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat just published March by Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He taught at the Hebrew University for nearly two decades and served as Strategic Affairs Advisor for Israel’s Ministry of Public Security.
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