GAFFNEY: Muslim outreach, Take 2

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In July 2010, al Qaeda used its new English-language Inspiremagazine to challenge the Muslim Brotherhood to move from the “Meccan phase” (i.e., stealthy forms of jihad) to the “Medinan phase” (i.e., violent jihad). In October 2010, the MB’s recently elected “supreme guide,” Mohammed Badie, issued what amounted to a declaration of war against Israel, the United States and the West. In January, Al-Azhar University issued a fatwah affirming that offensive operations are a legitimate part of “defensive jihad.”

Team Obama missed these ominous developments. In all likelihood, its Outreach 1.0 and other missteps actually facilitated them even before the president called for the immediate removal of one of America’s relatively reliable Arab allies, Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Now Mr. Obama seems intent on compounding his earlier errors by further embracing Muslim Brotherhood operatives overseas and front organizations here at home. Redoubling such efforts now will only embolden our foes, undermine our friends and endanger our country. Enough already.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (SecureFreedom.org), a columnist for The Washington Times and host of “Secure Freedom Radio,” heard in Washington weeknights at 9 on WRC-AM (1260).

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