Thursday, December 1, 2011

In the Beginning

When Obama became president in January of 2009, his first act was to reach out in loving fashion to the "Muslim world". This was the beginning of an ongoing love affair, I mean, outreach policy toward the Muslim world.  From news outlets on June 2, 2009 —"Al-Arabiya has just reported that, under pressure from the United States, the Secretariat-General of the lower house of the Egyptian Parliament invited ten members of the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc to attend Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo on Thursday.
The delegation will include Dr. Saad Al Katatni, leader of the bloc, who said that the invitation “came as a compromise solution between the American administration and the Egyptian government, considering that there is increasing pressure on the administration from the American press on the necessity of meeting with all members of opposition and other influential forces."

Even at that early time many conservatives were warning this was a dangerous policy. This from Fox News:
The expected attendance of the Brotherhood members already is stirring some criticism from conservatives in the U.S. who say they do not represent the kind of moderate Muslims Obama should be appealing to.
"What kind of signal are we sending?" said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, warning that such an invitation will be seen more as a sign of weakness than strength. "I think the president takes some big risks by unilaterally putting out these olive branches."

This policy of reaching out to the Muslims continued in the so called "Arab spring" where the Obama administration had boosted the legitimacy of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Arab world. And they are taking advantage.   Check out CBN News "Muslim  Brotherhood Rising in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia."

Do you remember how many of us were warning about the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood gaining a foothold in Egypt and the rest  of the Arab world after the overthrow of Mubarik [boosted by the approval from the US administration].  We were lambasted as fear mongers. First we were told that the Muslim Brotherhood was a tiny, tiny minority having no real influence.  Then we were told, it wouldn't matter anyway as the Muslim Brotherhood was a peaceful, secular organization. This from Real Clear Politics: ""The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional hearing."

The outreach love train continued from the Obama administration in July: Please check out my post: "Oh Brother-hood"  where "This from CNN: The Obama administration is open to dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday about the Islamist group.

"We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency," she told reporters in Budapest, Hungary. "And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us."

So, with the Obama administration's blessing, the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining a strong foothold in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and throughout the Arab world.  I guess you could say this is one of Obama's big accomplishments.  Let's not be nit pickers and talk about the small discomforts, like the Christian Coptics and their churches being attacked by the Muslims, the talk of killing all Jews in Israel. Those are tiny things in the scheme of the great one's accomplishment. Who am I to rain on his parade.

In the beginning, the Obama administration embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and encouraged their acceptance. So he stated, so it was done. Obama viewing this accomplishment said, this is good. After this big accomplishment it was time to rest. [and play golf]
Update: This just in [Thursday 4:00pm] from Israel National News:  Muslim brotherhood takes Egyptian election by storm


bradley said...

Your post is entitled "in the beginning"---- my point now is that "in the end", this radical leftist president has done more to destroy America's standing in the world, more to destroy the ability of Israeli Jews to live without fear, more to promote class warfare than any person in US history:-- thank you big mike for your continued talented writings , that in a very unique way , point out how critical the coming election is to the survival of the great America we all grew up with!!

Big Mike said...

Thank you for your inspiration big Brad!

Bassinator said...

Don't forget that they even made it a mission of NASA to outreach to the muslim world in science. Rediculous!

Big Mike said...

Exactly, bassinator... I remembered that after I had already posted. Thanks!