By Robert SpencerJihad Watch
How hopelessly at odds with Americaâ€™s best interests is Barack Obama? Less than two weeks ago he declared his support for â€œpolitical and economic reform in the Middle East,â€ warmly endorsing the â€œArab Springâ€ uprisings there. Then Sunday, Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt, promising to transform Egypt into an Islamic state and go to war with Israel. Reform that would indeed be, but not the kind any American president should be applauding.
Maybe Obama is still listening to his ruinously incompetent Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who at the height of the Egyptian uprising characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as â€œlargely secular.â€ Secular theyâ€™re not, but theyâ€™re certainly influential, and Obama knows it: he specifically requested that Muslim Brotherhood representatives attend his speech in Cairo in June 2009. Speaking in a mosque on Saturday, Abu Ismail said that he was confident of victory - precisely because, unlike the other candidates, he presented a clear call to institute Islamic law in Egypt. â€œMohamed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi, the liberal candidates, will be unable to present a clear vision.â€