Like ordinary folks, presidents of the United States are known by the company they keep. It is a test of their character. Often it shapes their policies. In the case of Barack Obama, it may blight his legacy and our nation’s security interests. Until now, among the most egregious examples of the problem were the “friends of Bill” who played prominent roles in William Jefferson Clinton’s presidency. Those folks included a mix of unsavory political operatives, Chinese agents and convicted felons. Their overnight stays in the Lincoln bedroom, legally challenged fundraising and 11th-hour pardons raised serious questions not just about President Clinton’s ethics, but about his judgment.
President Obama’s trusted circle has been, if anything, even more problematic. For example, Mr. Obama has consorted with people who are revolutionaries, communists, liberation theologians and Islamists. Some even have been appointed czars in his administration.
At the moment, though, we must be concerned not only with whom Mr. Obama considers his friends, but with those who deem him to be one of theirs: The record suggests he must be seen as a “friend of Shariah.”
How else can we explain the seeming inconsistency between, on the one hand, the president’s indifference to demonstrations in Iran last year that were vastly larger and more sustained than those to date in Egypt and, on the other hand, his insistence after a week’s worth of protests in the latter that there be nothing less than complete “regime change,” starting immediately?
The only obvious common denominator is that in both cases, Mr. Obama is pursuing policies favored by those who adhere to the repressive, supremacist and virulently anti-American Islamic political-military-legal program its adherents call Shariah. In Iran, Shariah already is the law of the land, ruthlessly enforced by the Shiite theocrats of Tehran. In Egypt, the Mubarak regime’s failure to enforce Shariah faithfully is one of the principal impetuses behind the Iranian mullahs’ Sunni wannabe counterparts in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Alas, Mr. Obama’s seeming affinity for Shariah has not been confined to his ever-more-evident support for the Brotherhood taking power in a nation the United States has long seen (rightly or wrongly) as an indispensable and reliable regional ally. For instance:
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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