As Its Middle East Policy Crumbles, The Obama Administration’s Defense: It’s Not a Revolution, It’s a Video
Putting the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt? Obama himself admitted that the most important Arab state is no longer a U.S. ally.
Changing the regime in Libya? But now terrorists and revolutionaries view the government there as an American puppet and so they must kill Americans — the ambassador being the very symbol of the U.S. “protectorate” over Libya — to boost themselves into power. Obama doesn’t get this and so will not be ready for the fact that there will now be endless attacks on Americans and U.S. institutions in Libya as the jihadists seek to overthrow the government. This is only the beginning of a new war and a new Arab grievance. George W. Bush occupied Iraq; Barack H. Obama occupied Libya.
Concessions and groveling, of course, were attributed to weakness, as speech after speech by Islamist leaders said in Arabic, but the U.S. government leaders didn’t understand and few journalists in the mass media explained.
And to overwhelm and make all of these collapsing pillars disappear, we are given some pitiful California criminal who made an unseen YouTube video as the cause of all America’s problems in the Middle East.
Do you know the real reason why these Middle East militants hate America? Because it stands in the way of their utopian dream of Sharia revolution in their own country and its spread to the whole region (or, for the wilder-thinking ones, the whole world). This parallels the hatred of the USSR, Nazi Germany, and Imperial Japan for the United States: they want to conquer huge areas, and the United States is the only force that might stop them.
Nothing America does — except explicitly betray its local allies and put the Islamists into power — might conceivably slow down that hatred. And guess what? Egypt proves that even doing such a thing doesn’t work!
Why were Americans attacked in Libya, a fact that seemed to bewilder Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Because the United States, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, did not put revolutionary Islamists into power there. To get into power, the revolutionary Islamists must overthrow the U.S.-backed regime. That has long been a factor regarding Israel. It was the core issue for Osama bin Laden regarding Saudi Arabia. And of course it was the motivation of the Iranian revolution.
In other places, where Islamists are already in power (Iran, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, and — more subtly — Turkey), anti-Americanism gets the masses worked up to support the rulers, reject Western civilization, believe Islam is under threat from foreign conspiracies, and thus support the regime. The Arab nationalists were playing the exact same game since the mid-1950s.
These people aren’t film critics, they are revolutionaries. And, frankly, by this point, we are down to two possibilities. Either Obama will lose in November and a new president will have the difficult task of reversing all of this damage, or Obama will be reelected, in which case there will be nothing left of the U.S. position in the region by the end of his term.