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Let's see if we can put this as plainly and as kindly as possible: our President has a bit of a problem deciphering between who are the real enemies of our country. If you want evidence of this, simply pay attention to the olive branch extended to jihadists vs. the hickory stick reserved for Republicans. Let's start with the latter:
Ryan was reeled in by the suggestion that the invitation was an olive branch, a White House concession that he had grappled responsibly with a monstrous problem and that a gracious, cooperative presidential response was in order. But it was a setup. The Chicago mob strategically seated Ryan a few paces from the lectern, whence the don went Al Capone on him. The congressman was made into a prop, Exhibit A in a presidential tirade that mocked his plan and his party as scourges of the elderly, the destitute, and the chronically ill.
Now contrast that with another speech the president gave with a slightly different audience than a group of Republicans who were attempting to solve problems and save American lives and fortune:
It wasn't that way in Cairo in June 2009. That was when al-Azhar University ? the font of Sunni theology and training ground for the virulently anti-American clerics who green-light jihadist terror ? sponsored his eagerly awaited oration on U.S. relations with the Muslim world. As usual, the speech was specious: a whitewash of the legacy of Islamic savagery, the expurgation of violent injunctions from Islamic scripture, historical ignorance of the Jewish claim to Israel, and even the adoption of "resistance" as the euphemism for Palestinian terrorism ? a touch that must have brought a smile to the faces of Hamas and the president's pal Rashid Khalidi, the former PLO mouthpiece turned Columbia professor.
More interesting than the speech, though, was the guest list. The Obama administration made a point of inviting prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood. And they didn't get the Paul Ryan treatment. This really was an olive branch, more like the Corleones having the Tartaglias over for a sit-down. The ramifications rumbled through both Egypt and the United States.
Rumbled indeed. Mubarak is now out, and the Muslim Brotherhood poised to take over in Egypt.
Contrast the two speeches and their tone. Now, unlike Paul Ryan and the Republicans, whose sin is that they have a different ideology about how to best save the Republic than Mr. Obama, what do we know about the Muslim Brotherhood? Andrew McCarthy continued:
Using documents seized by the FBI from a Brotherhood leader, prosecutors proved that the organization considers itself to be engaged in a "grand jihad" (the title of my book on the subject). The goal, in the Brotherhood's own words, is to destroy Western civilization from within by sabotage. The Brothers seek to accomplish this through companion organizations they've embedded in the West, groups like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations).
That is why prosecutors designated those groups, along with some of their members, as unindicted coconspirators in the HLF case.
Lovely. Add to this the reality that Obama's Justice Department under Eric Holder has now put the kibosh on any terror-financing cases brought against these coconspirators. Islamist organizations will be able to continue pretending to be champions of moderate Islam, all while fund raising for terror groups. The result?
Until we act decisively to cut off the financial pipeline to these terrorist groups by putting more of these people in prison, they are going to continue to raise money that will go into the hands of killers. And until Congress starts grilling the people inside DOJ and the FBI who are giving these groups cover, that is not going to change. My biggest fear is that Americans are going to die and it will be the very Muslim leaders we are working with who will be directly or indirectly responsible.
But at least the President is serious about exposing Paul Ryan. What a joke.