Frank Gaffney
During the so-called "Arab Spring," the Obama administration insisted that the United States risked being on the "wrong side of history" if it remained aligned with secular despots like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Recent events have made clear that there is a wrong side for freedom in the Mideast all right and, thanks to Team Obama's embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, we're on it.

Take, for example, the cease-fire between Israel and the Brotherhood's Palestinian franchise - the designated terrorist organization, Hamas. Mohamed Morsi, the man the Muslim Brotherhood selected to replace Mubarak as president of Egypt, brokered the deal and has been lionized for doing so.

But, far from representing a real contribution to peace, this hudna (truce) is a coup for the Islamists. It blocked Israel from launching ground operations aimed at cleaning out terrorist strongholds, weapons caches and infrastructure in Gaza. Pursuant to the cease-fire's terms, the Jewish State is even supposed to refrain from continuing to target Hamas leadership figures from the air.

Yet, the Morsi-brokered cease-fire imposes no impediment to the jihadists in the Gaza Strip rearming for the next round of attacks on Israel. And the deal creates the expectation that the only practical bar to such rearmament - namely, the Israeli blockade of Gaza - will be eased.

The credit given Mohamed Morsi by the Obama administration and others for engineering so manifestly one-sided an accord ignores a central reality: The Brotherhood is simply buying time to achieve what the Soviets would call "a more favorable correlation of forces." And, once that is accomplished, the mother ship in Egypt and its affiliates in Gaza and elsewhere will be delighted to abandon the latest hudna and renew their decades-long effort to "drive the Jews into the sea."

The over-the-top endorsements of Brother Morsi may also have encouraged him to announce immediately thereafter sweeping political changes in Egypt that suggest he is not interested in a functioning liberal democracy in his own country any more than he wants a durable peace with Israel.

Team Obama claims to have been "dismayed" by this second Morsi coup - in this case, effectively a coup d'etat - in Cairo. Yet, it should not have been surprised. Mr. Obama has, after all, been engaging and emboldening the Muslim Brotherhood from early on in his presidency. This was one purpose of his much-ballyhooed June 2009 visit to Egypt, in which he insisted that its representatives be allowed to attend the first Obama "outreach to the Muslim world" speech.

Frank Gaffney

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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