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The Rise of Al-Qaeda and Why the Administration Lied about Benghazi

The Muslim Brotherhood/al-Qaeda, etc., and their ideology, has been going on for centuries because they are basically Muslim revivalists continually -- sometimes successfully, sometimes not -- working against nationalism and secularism in Egypt and elsewhere.

As most of us know, it's a bit more complicated than that, but Obama -- and therefore the administration, State Department, intelligence and military -- threw in to a greater or lesser extent with the Brotherhood and their Islamist colleagues. They did this despite the Brotherhood's obvious extreme misogyny and homophobia, which, under normal circumstances, we would assume to be anathema to so-called "progressives."

Leaving aside that mind-boggling inconsistency, Islamists also see democracy, when they decide to engage in it, as a temporary tool for jihadist ends. (Obama's putative buddy Turkey's Erdogan famously said, “democracy is like a train. You take it where you have to go, and then you get off.")

Lately, Obama has incurred the ire -- with some justification, I think -- of new Egyptian military strongman al-Sisi for going against the wishes of the Egyptian people in favor of a kind of desperate nostalgia for Morsi and the Brotherhood. (Forget the rapes and the rest of it.)

So what accounts for Obama's weird attraction for this "Muslim revivalism," despite all its Medieval tenets and near-psychotic behaviors?

No, he is not a Muslim. I repeat NOT (just to be absolutely clear). Nor is the president a Christian, unless you count Reverend Wright as such, which is ridiculous (and we all know he's under the bus anyway).

Obama is a postmodern agnostic par excellence. But like so many schooled in post-modernism and cultural relativism, he has an immediate and intense enmity for anything that smacks of imperialism -- and an equally intense desire to be seen as supportive of (although certainly not to live like) the downtrodden of the Earth.

Which leads us back to Benghazi. You don't have to be Muslim to love the Muslim Brotherhood or even, consciously or unconsciously, sympathize with the goals, if not the actions, of al-Qaeda. You just have to have been imbued with a blind hatred of imperialism. That's all you need.

What this myopia leads to, however, is consorting with people with no values at all. You get in bed with the worst of the worst. They don't care about their country. They don't care about anybody. They don't even care about Allah. It's "Viva la muerte!" and bring me the virgins!

What the administration doesn't want, of all things, is for these dots to be connected via Benghazi.

No wonder the culprits have not been arrested. They might talk!

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