October 15, 2012

U.S. Policy Empowers Mideast Radicals

Barry Rubin, Jerusalem Post

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There are two problems with US policy toward the Middle East: both the analysis and response aren’t just wrong, they make things much worse.

The White House has supported the anti-Semitic, anti-American Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria; insisted the Brotherhood is moderate; gave untrained, unreliable Libyans control over the US ambassador’s security leading to his death; denied revolutionary Islamists attacked the US embassy and ambassador in Libya for reasons having nothing to do with a California video; apologized for the video in a way that escalated the crisis elsewhere; wrongly claimed al-Qaida is finished, etc.

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TAGGED: Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Libya, Islamists

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