In an article in the current National Journal called “The Post Al Qaida Era,” I write that the Obama administration is taking a new view of Islamist radicalism. The president realizes he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively “moderate” Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. (The Muslim Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago, leading then-dissident radicals such as Ayman al-Zawahiri to join al Qaida.)
The United States, in theory at least, is supposed to be promoting “democracy” in the world, although given our current state one wonders how we are supposed to promote something abroad when it’s in such trouble at home. Reality, however, has always been different. Leftists have ascribed our failure to do this promotion to “evil neo-cons” who have “cozied up” to right-wing dictators during the Cold War and afterwards.
Now that the left is in the driver’s seat in this country, their dear leader is warming up to Islamicists in places like Egypt. What really makes one scratch one’s head is the same President that holds the country’s health care system hostage to insure that Planned Parenthood is satisfied and works to vitiate DOMA to satisfy the LGBT people is hand in hand with those who run virginity checks and make homosexuality a capital offence. Put another way, sexual freedom–the only freedom that really matters to the left–will go in reverse in the Middle East because of Barack Obama’s foreign policy calculus, such as it is.
The left should be livid at these developments, but they aren’t. I explore this strange pas de deux in my piece on liberals and Muslims. They’re probably banking on Islamicism never reaching these shores. Such myopia is, among other things, dreadfully provincial, but the left is less interested in improving this country than controlling it.