WikiLeaks Exposes White House’s Conscious Support of Islamists

 

December 02, 2010

December 02, 2010

WikiLeaks Exposes White House’s Conscious Support of
Islamists

By Seth
Mandel

 

The fact that the latest installment of WikiLeaks coincided with the
Egyptian parliamentary elections is unfortunate timing for the U.S. It provides
an unflattering portrait of a White House that sides with Islamists both in and
out of power around the world.
Though it was to be expected — in the spirit of “free and fair” elections
– that the White House would say it was “disappointed” that Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak shut
out
the Muslim Brotherhood from the electoral process, how will President
Obama and Secretary of State Clinton explain their purposeful strengthening of
ties with other Islamists who fund terrorism and undermine U.S. policy in the
Middle East and Southeast Asia?
Take, for example, the Obama administration’s infusion of goodwill into our
relationship with Turkey. Here is how EurasiaNet reported
Secretary Clinton’s visit to Turkey early on in the administration:
Combining statecraft with stagecraft, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
appears to have turned around US-Turkish relations. For most of the Bush
administration’s tenure, Washington had a strained relationship with Ankara, but
Clinton’s first visit to Turkey as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state
has Turkish officials feeling more optimistic about the future of bilateral
relations.
Obama followed up a month later in an address to the Turkish parliament
that local media called
“historic.” In that speech, Obama called for Turkey’s accession to the
EU.
Let me be clear: the United States strongly supports Turkey’s bid to become
a member of the European Union,” the president said, adding that “Turkish
membership would broaden and strengthen Europe’s foundation once
more.
And more recently, Turkey was publicly assured
that the White House would oppose any resolution recognizing the Armenian
genocide. The administration continued to reaffirm the friendship between the
two countries even in the face of Turkey’s involvement
in the terror flotilla
and the country’s blocking
of increased sanctions
on Iran.
All along, the administration could attribute these actions to the pitfalls
of multilateral diplomacy and not a deliberate ideological pursuit on the part
of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to usher in a new age of Islamist
regional power. Until now.
Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know that American diplomats were well aware of
the direction Erdoğan intended to take his country. GlobalPost quotes
one leaked cable offering a pretty clear assessment: “Does all this mean that
the country is becoming more focused on the Islamist world and its Muslim
tradition in its foreign policy? Absolutely.”
“Shrugging off diplomatic-speak, American diplomats describe Turkish Prime
Minister Teyyip Erdogan as an outspoken Islamist and ‘perfectionist workaholic’
who may be seeking the creation of an Islamic state,” GlobalPost’s Iason
Athanasiadis reports.
And what of Turkey’s claims that part of its value to the West lies in its
ability to act as a productive intermediary between the U.S. and Iran? Nonsense,
as American diplomats found out. Athanasiadis once more:
Reports allege that, contrary to their claims, Turkish politicians cannot
[e]ffect changes in Iranian attitudes and that their country is being used as a
transit zone to smuggle dual-use materials into Iran for its controversial
nuclear program.
It would be one thing if our support for the Turkish Islamists were only
verbal. But that’s not the case. We are prepared to sell the Turks
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Michael
Rubin
, this decision was made “without even reviewing the potential for
technology transfer.” He added that Obama was also considering putting an
early-warning missile radar — intended mainly as protection from Iranian
missiles — in Turkey.
And Erdoğan is not an isolated case. His network of Islamists includes
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister and current leader of the
opposition. Ibrahim is currently on trial for what his supporters say are
trumped-up charges of sodomy, and his powerful friends in the U.S., such as Al
Gore and Paul Wolfowitz, have stridently
defended
him as a persecuted moderate Muslim who should serve as an example
of the kind of Islam the U.S. has been — and should be — promoting. Hillary
Clinton, in her role as secretary of state, requested a face-to-face meeting
with Anwar last month, and when it didn’t happen, she pressed the Malaysian
leadership privately and publicly on
Anwar’s behalf.
But Anwar is also an anti-Semite, complaining of Zionist
infiltration of state agencies and Israeli proxy control of police units. And
Anwar is a co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a
Muslim Brotherhood think-tank in Virginia that has called for violence against
Israel and has been under investigation by the FBI for the better part of a
decade for its ties to terrorist organizations.
Anwar also helped finance oil projects for Sudanese Islamist leader Hassan
al-Turabi, who is the leader of the National Islamic Front, a partner
organization to the Muslim Brotherhood. Turabi calls Anwar
a “fellow-student of his.” Anwar also serves on
the board
of the Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG). ABG’s chairman is Shaikh
Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who, in the wake of 9/11, was sued for having “lent
material support to Al Qaeda and OBL (Osama bin Laden), aided and abetted others
who lent material support to Al Qaeda and OBL, and otherwise engaged in
racketeering activity in violation of the law,” according to the
complaint.
So perhaps we can give Obama the benefit of the doubt that he is not really
“disappointed” that the Muslim Brotherhood lost influence in Egypt. But we
should also note that such benefit of the doubt is getting to be increasingly
generous, for the president’s record of supporting Islamists is consistent and
troublesome, to say the least.
Seth Mandel is a freelance foreign affairs writer based in
Washington, D.C.
Twitter:
@SethAMandel

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BySeth
Mandel

 

The fact that the latest installment of WikiLeaks coincided with the
Egyptian parliamentary elections is unfortunate timing for the U.S. It provides
an unflattering portrait of a White House that sides with Islamists both in and
out of power around the world.
Though it was to be expected — in the spirit of “free and fair” elections
– that the White House would say it was “disappointed” that Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak shut
out
the Muslim Brotherhood from the electoral process, how will President
Obama and Secretary of State Clinton explain their purposeful strengthening of
ties with other Islamists who fund terrorism and undermine U.S. policy in the
Middle East and Southeast Asia?
Take, for example, the Obama administration’s infusion of goodwill into our
relationship with Turkey. Here is how EurasiaNet reported
Secretary Clinton’s visit to Turkey early on in the administration:
Combining statecraft with stagecraft, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
appears to have turned around US-Turkish relations. For most of the Bush
administration’s tenure, Washington had a strained relationship with Ankara, but
Clinton’s first visit to Turkey as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state
has Turkish officials feeling more optimistic about the future of bilateral
relations.
Obama followed up a month later in an address to the Turkish parliament
that local media called
“historic.” In that speech, Obama called for Turkey’s accession to the
EU.
Let me be clear: the United States strongly supports Turkey’s bid to become
a member of the European Union,” the president said, adding that “Turkish
membership would broaden and strengthen Europe’s foundation once
more.
And more recently, Turkey was publicly assured
that the White House would oppose any resolution recognizing the Armenian
genocide. The administration continued to reaffirm the friendship between the
two countries even in the face of Turkey’s involvement
in the terror flotilla
and the country’s blocking
of increased sanctions
on Iran.
All along, the administration could attribute these actions to the pitfalls
of multilateral diplomacy and not a deliberate ideological pursuit on the part
of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to usher in a new age of Islamist
regional power. Until now.
Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know that American diplomats were well aware of
the direction Erdoğan intended to take his country. GlobalPost quotes
one leaked cable offering a pretty clear assessment: “Does all this mean that
the country is becoming more focused on the Islamist world and its Muslim
tradition in its foreign policy? Absolutely.”
“Shrugging off diplomatic-speak, American diplomats describe Turkish Prime
Minister Teyyip Erdogan as an outspoken Islamist and ‘perfectionist workaholic’
who may be seeking the creation of an Islamic state,” GlobalPost’s Iason
Athanasiadis reports.
And what of Turkey’s claims that part of its value to the West lies in its
ability to act as a productive intermediary between the U.S. and Iran? Nonsense,
as American diplomats found out. Athanasiadis once more:
Reports allege that, contrary to their claims, Turkish politicians cannot
[e]ffect changes in Iranian attitudes and that their country is being used as a
transit zone to smuggle dual-use materials into Iran for its controversial
nuclear program.
It would be one thing if our support for the Turkish Islamists were only
verbal. But that’s not the case. We are prepared to sell the Turks
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Michael
Rubin
, this decision was made “without even reviewing the potential for
technology transfer.” He added that Obama was also considering putting an
early-warning missile radar — intended mainly as protection from Iranian
missiles — in Turkey.
And Erdoğan is not an isolated case. His network of Islamists includes
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister and current leader of the
opposition. Ibrahim is currently on trial for what his supporters say are
trumped-up charges of sodomy, and his powerful friends in the U.S., such as Al
Gore and Paul Wolfowitz, have stridently
defended
him as a persecuted moderate Muslim who should serve as an example
of the kind of Islam the U.S. has been — and should be — promoting. Hillary
Clinton, in her role as secretary of state, requested a face-to-face meeting
with Anwar last month, and when it didn’t happen, she pressed the Malaysian
leadership privately and publicly on
Anwar’s behalf.
But Anwar is also an anti-Semite, complaining of Zionist
infiltration of state agencies and Israeli proxy control of police units. And
Anwar is a co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a
Muslim Brotherhood think-tank in Virginia that has called for violence against
Israel and has been under investigation by the FBI for the better part of a
decade for its ties to terrorist organizations.
Anwar also helped finance oil projects for Sudanese Islamist leader Hassan
al-Turabi, who is the leader of the National Islamic Front, a partner
organization to the Muslim Brotherhood. Turabi calls Anwar
a “fellow-student of his.” Anwar also serves on
the board
of the Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG). ABG’s chairman is Shaikh
Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who, in the wake of 9/11, was sued for having “lent
material support to Al Qaeda and OBL (Osama bin Laden), aided and abetted others
who lent material support to Al Qaeda and OBL, and otherwise engaged in
racketeering activity in violation of the law,” according to the
complaint.
So perhaps we can give Obama the benefit of the doubt that he is not really
“disappointed” that the Muslim Brotherhood lost influence in Egypt. But we
should also note that such benefit of the doubt is getting to be increasingly
generous, for the president’s record of supporting Islamists is consistent and
troublesome, to say the least.
Seth Mandel is a freelance foreign affairs writer based in
Washington, D.C.
Twitter:
@SethAMandel

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