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    He lost the Middle East, but he got bin Laden

    He lost the Middle East, but he got bin Laden

    There are two important columns each of which addresses the surge of Islamists throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

    The first column, by Andy McCarthy, focuses on reports that the Obama administration is using Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as a conduit for contact with the Taliban:

    The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.

    You might remember al-Qaradawi from my posts last February, NY Times Whitewashes Return of Anti-Semitic Egyptian Cleric and The Yuppie Revolution In Egypt Is Over, The Islamist Revolution Has Begun, which included this video of al-Qaradawi leading over a million Egyptians in chanting “To Jerusalem We go, for us to be the Martyrs of the Millions.”

    Regardless of whether the Obama administration is using al-Qaradawi himself, it has embraced Islamists.

    Daniel Greenfield notes the rise of Islamists far beyond Egypt, The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East:

    The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia’s elections, Turkey’s Islamist AKP Party purged the last bastions of the secular opposition and Libya’s future as an Islamist state was secured by American, British and French jets and special forces.

    Time Magazine declared that 2011 was the Year of the Protester, they might have more honestly called it the Year of the Islamist. In 2010 the Taliban were still hiding in caves. In 2012 they are set to be in power from Tunisia to Afghanistan and from Egypt to Yemen. They won’t go by that name of course. Most of them will have elaborate names with the words “Justice” or “Community” in them, but they will for the most part be minor variations on the Muslim Brotherhood theme.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has confirmed its intentions in Egypt:

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will not recognize Israel under any circumstances and might put the peace treaty with the Jewish state up to a referendum, the movement’s second in command told the Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview that was published Sunday….

    The Muslim Brotherhood “did not sign the peace accords,” Rashad al-Bayoumi told the London-based newspaper. “We are allowed to ask the people or the elected parliament to express their opinion on the treaty, and (to find out) whether it compromised the people’s freedom and sovereignty….

    “Is rising to power conditional on recognizing Israel?” al-Bayoumi wondered. “That’s out of the question, no matter what the situation is. On no condition will we recognize Israel. It is an enemy entity, an exploiting, criminal occupier.”

    Polling indicates that Obama gets strong support for his foreign policy.  The Obama messaging team has done an excellent job at masking a complete and utter failure by hiding behind the “I got bin Laden” sound bite.

    We have to make sure the truth gets out in 2012.


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    Jaydee77 | January 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    As bad as this may sound, things like this are why I wouldnt mind him winning re-election. He should have to reap what he has sewn.

    Anchovy | January 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This is truly a case of “women and minorities and gays hardest hit”. However, I am guessing the NYT will not follow that line.

    LukeHandCool | January 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Tiny Israel is surrounded by tens, if not hundreds of million people who want her destroyed, yet she must be absolutely perfectly precise in defending herself lest any collateral damage send the usual media suspects into an ecstatic fit of indignation.

    But … where is that “disproportionate” media indignation about the thousands of neighboring Syrians slaughtered by their own government? If you didn’t read the news carefully, you might not even know it’s occuring.

    But if Israel had been the cause of the deaths of those thousands of Syrians … that would’ve been about all you’d see in the news the past few months.

    The same with the rise of the Islamists. I saw that all my high school classmates on Facebook were celebrating the “Arab Spring.” They heralded Mubarak’s fall as a big victory for Obama.

    Now, because of the media’s “disproportionality” (of which they always accuse Israel), in this case, reverse disproportionality … the near non-reporting of a huge story … I’d bet if I were to ask my old high school classmates on Facebook what they thought of the rise of the Islamists in the Middle East recently, the reply, if any, would be a collective, “Huh??”

    Journalism sure isn’t close to being an exact science, is it?

    Just a simple little even-handedness wouldn’t go amiss.

    GrumpyOne | January 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    The way I look at it is simple…

    Carter lost Iran

    Obama lost Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and probably Yemen and Syria.

    So, can we conclude that Obama is five times worse than Carter?

    If so, how long will his record as worse president ever stand?

    Things that curious minds want the answers to…

    obpopulus | January 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    WW III is not far off.

      Anchovy in reply to obpopulus. | January 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Threats from not just the Middle East….

      “Officially aged 29, but probably only 26 or 27, Kim Jong-un is the youngest man in history with the power to launch a nuclear weapon.”

      If the world is going to end, I hope it happens just before and not just after April 15th.

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