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Eli Lake (did you hear my previous interview with him here?) breaks this nonsensical, suicidal development in today's NY Sun. Hat tip Andrew Bostom. No more excuses, Bush is a complete moron if he does this.
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is quietly weighing the prospect of reaching out to the party that founded modern political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Still in its early stages and below the radar, the current American deliberations and diplomacy with the organization, known in Arabic as Ikhwan, take on new significance in light of Hamas's successful coup in Gaza last week. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is widely reported to have helped create Hamas in 1982.
Today the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research will host a meeting with other representatives of the intelligence community to discuss opening more formal channels to the brothers. Earlier this year, the National Intelligence Council received a paper it had commissioned on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood by a scholar at the Nixon Center, Robert Leiken, who is invited to the State Department meeting today to present the case for engagement. On April 7, congressional leaders such as Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic whip, attended a reception where some representatives of the brothers were present. The reception was hosted at the residence in Cairo of the American ambassador to Egypt, Francis Ricciardone, a decision that indicates a change in policy.
The National Security Council and State Department already meet indirectly with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood through discussions with a new Syrian opposition group created in 2006 known as the National Salvation Front. Meanwhile, Iraq's vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, is a leader of Iraq's chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood. His party, known as the Iraqi Islamic Party, has played a role in the Iraqi government since it was invited to join the Iraqi Governing Council in 2003.
These developments, in light of Hamas's control of Gaza, suggest that President Bush — who has been careful to distinguish the war on terror from a war on Islam — has done more than any of his predecessors to accept the movement fighting for the merger of mosque and state in the Middle East.
Please read it all.
Please read it all.
The Bush Doctrine: (thanks Mega)
"You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists, or, you can can be with whomever you want and we'll eventually come to negotiate, and if the negotiations don't work out, we'll just give you whatever you want, including, but not limited to, advanced weapons which you will undoubtedly use to kill Americans and Israelis."
UPDATE: CUANAS articulates the New Bush Doctrine. Read it and convert;
The Bush Doctrine: The Restoration Of The Caliphate? Infidel Bloggers Alliance
It looks like that is turning out to be the plan. First, there is this from Epaminondas (in greater length a few posts down):
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration plans to involve Iran in its exit strategy for Iraq and has decided not to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Administration sources said President Bush has decided that barring a "catastrophic development," the United States would not attack Iran.
The sources said the administration has been conveying the decision to U.S. allies in the Middle East. "The United States has decided that Iran's cooperation was needed for a withdrawal from Iraq," an administration source said.
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UPDATE: CRAP! hat tip Rick Richman
FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE: Marty Peretz TNR
"Brothers," my foot. The debut of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda ideological warriors has put a lot of intellectually unemployed people to work. They may not know Arabic. But they think they know realpolitik.
Here is a frighteningly detailed story by Eli Lake about a plan floating around Washington for the Bush administration to negotiate with the Muslim Brotherhood. Just watch: it'll be the same old crap about finding common ground with moderates... who are actually extremists. This plan envisions the Brothers either kicking Hamas under the table to behave or kicking Hamas in the face to quit. It will do neither.
My friend Bob Leiken, from whom I learned a lot about Cuba and Nicaragua (his old Contra comrade Arturito Cruz is now Sandinista Commandante Daniel Ortega's emissary in Washington)... well, maybe I didn't learn enough. Let me try again: my friend Bob Leiken seems to be the fount of this big new idea. I know, Bob, that you speak Spanish, very well, having been a revolutionary in Mexico and a counter-revolutionary elsewhere among the Latins. But do you know Arabic?