Tuesday, December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks Exposes White House's Conscious Support of Islamists

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.