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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Barack Obama's Middle East Vision: Muslim Brotherhood Hegemony

Western media pundits have wearied themselves getting their arms around White House policy and strategy in the Middle East and North Africa as popular uprisings in the region continue to destabilize established regimes. The Obama administration's disposition toward the upheaval that began in mid-December with the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and spread to other countries in the region, most notably Egypt and Libya, has been inconsistent at best, ranging from total silence to repeated calls for national leaders to step down. Puzzlement has given way to handwringing as "talking heads" now try to make sense of US military intervention in Libya for reasons that seem contrived.

On the surface, the Obama administration's handling of the region's social and political chaos conjures scenes from the 1978 American film comedy "Animal House." I believe there is a method to White House madness on the Middle East that needs to be seriously considered. Let's begin with a topic that few in the media are talking about—Mr. Obama's Islamist advisors.

Even before Barack Obama took office, he and his campaign team sought to curry favor with the Muslim community in the US and abroad. Since taking office, he has aggressively reached out to the Muslim World in general, and Middle East Arab states in particular, this despite our enduring friendship with Israel. According to noted expert on radical Islam Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch,

It is no secret that Mr. Obama has maintained close relationships with Islamists over the years and appointed some of them to key advisory posts in his administration. They are the “man behind the curtain” advising US policy toward the Middle East generally and the various national uprisings in particular. Dalia Mogahed, Barack Obama’s advisor to the Muslim world, is a strong supporter of the Islamist G├╝len Movement which seeks restoration of the Caliphate. Would she not advise Mr. Obama to act in support of that vision?

Starting in the earliest days of his administration, he [Barack Obama] showed an intense desire to establish friendly ties with Brotherhood-linked organizations— despite the Brotherhood's stated goal of "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within."
It is obvious that the Obama administration sees little benefit in continued strong relations with Israel. Many in the left despise Israel almost as much as Islamists do. As Muslim Brotherhood interests gain greater control of governments across the Middle East, Israel will become an afterthought in the West. Having procured the favor of the Arab-Islamic world by aiding and abetting the Brotherhood’s ascent to power, the administration will have traded our strong enduring friendship with Israel for friendship with Israel’s enemies.

Furthermore, Western “community organizing” (socialist) interests have been in the Middle East for months, helping grassroots movements organize for uprising and regime change. There are clear indications that Islamist and socialist world views have found common cause in the Middle East uprisings. In each country where a popular revolt has deposed a sitting regime, the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) have been involved, fomenting uprising and swooping in to fill the void created by the chaos. Interestingly, Mr. Obama has been most vocal against secular regimes and leaders that historically limit or prohibit the Muslim Brotherhood's participation in government. This would suggest that Mr. Obama is simply fulfilling a promise to radical interests in the region who have asked him to help them depose secular regimes which would likely be an impediment to a restored Caliphate.

The Obama administration knows that a radicalized Middle East will do the Western left’s “dirty work” as far as Israel goes. They’ll wash their hands of the guilt and claim that improved relations with the Muslim World mean energy security for the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth. A Brotherhood-dominated Middle East will have America over an oil barrell and they will use that advantage to manipulate our domestic and foreign policy, dragging us faster and further down the road to Amerabia.

(c) 2011 Unspun Publications

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