National Review / Digital
Obama and the Islamists
The president’s disastrous policy of appeasement


Obama’s obsession with “Islamic outreach” has topped the administration’s agenda from the start. Upon taking power, the president gave his first exclusive interview to al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based Arabic television network, bizarrely claiming, “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy” — as if the Bush years had not been a congeries of “religion of peace” apologias, syrupy Iftar dinners, and non-stop “dialogue” with Islamists at the expense of failing to empower authentic Muslim moderates.

Obama continued playing into the Brotherhood’s noxious U.S. “war against Islam” narrative in his ballyhooed June 2009 Cairo speech — the one to which he invited Brotherhood leaders even though the organization was then banned under Egyptian law; the one at which he airbrushed Islamic scripture, gave a fictional account of Islamic history, endorsed the Islamist canard that the Jewish claim on Israel is rooted in Western guilt over the Holocaust rather than Israel’s ancient status as the Jewish homeland, and adopted the Palestinian rhetoric that frames terrorism against Israel as “resistance” to an illegitimate occupier.

September 10, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, NO. 17

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