Middle East studies in the News
Al Qaeda's North African Influence [incl. John Esposito]
USA: Clinton is Either Ignorant of, or Dishonest About, Islamism
In an excellent op-ed article on Fox News' website, a former senior adviser to the White House highlighted some ludicrous comparisons that were recently made by Hillary Clinton. Christian Whiton pointed out that:
This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demonstrated convincingly that the Obama administration does not understand the biggest foreign threat facing America. When asked in Abu Dhabi about Islamist terrorists, Ms. Clinton said "Look we have extremists in my country" and then referenced the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
This was disingenuous on a number of levels but raises a key question: How can a country win a war if its leaders choose not to understand its enemy at all?
Speaking at the town hall event, Secretary Clinton elaborated that: "We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence. There will always be a small minority in any country that is loudmouthed and rude and ignorant that will say things that are just not either true or reflective of what we believe."
Whiton makes some interesting and accurate observations, but it is self-evident that Clinton has disgraced her position. To even begin to connect the actions of a psychotic misfit loner with those of a highly organized collective effort by political Muslims is bizarre. Worse, such muddle-headed thinking and crassness is dangerous. America needs to show it understands the problem of Islamist terrorism in order to defeat it. Sending out messages like this does nothing for America.
Meanwhile, John Esposito who heads the Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University, Maryland, has been in Indonesia. Here, he was heard to be blaming America's foreign policy for creating most of the ill-will that exists from Muslims. At Yogyakarta's State Islamic University, he said that many Muslims have "great admiration for what America and the West stand for, but not what they often do."
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