Some interesting points came up in the comment thread on last night’s post about ISIS. A couple of issues raised by our commenters merit further discussion.
First, the questions posed by maninthepub:
What made you make that assumption [that the Ikhwan has compromised government decision-making]? How could the Muslim Brotherhood exercise such control? Who benefits other than the Muslim Brotherhood?
I’ll tackle these questions in reverse order.
Depending on the exact policies that are formulated, a lot of different interests other than the MB could well benefit. For example: the trans-national oil companies, or the munitions industry. It depends on who needs to sell oil at what price. Or who wants to buy weapons, and who’d like to sell them.
It’s well-known that the Muslim Brotherhood has highly-placed agents in the Pentagon, State, the CIA, the White House, etc. This is not classified information. It’s on the public record, if you’re willing to dig into the organizations these men and women belong to, and follow the trail back to the Ikhwan. Steve Emerson’s site is a good place to start.
The number of these culturally enriched “advisors” increased exponentially after 9/11. Suddenly, after those nineteen misinterpreters of the Koran brought down the Twin Towers and redecorated the Pentagon, the military and the executive needed much more information about Islam. So who better to provide it than these pleasant, urbane, cultivated Muslims who just happened to be hanging around Washington D.C. already, relaxing in their plush executive suites?
The Ikhwan teaches its Western operatives to be “the nicest person in the room”, and that’s the way these people are. Just compare them with the profane, sweaty, irate, shouting “Islamophobes” — who would you believe?
The Muslim Brotherhood has no need to exert control as such — influence is sufficient. Like their Communist predecessors, if they place their agents shrewdly and wait patiently, eventually the moment will arrive when a crucial policy decision can be nudged in the right direction. Less than eight years after 9/11 the words “Islam” and “jihad” disappeared from all federal government training manuals on terrorism and “extremism”. How likely is it the pointy-heads at the FBI and the Pentagon thought that one up all on their own?
Also worth mentioning is the Independent’s discussion of the current mess as if it were primarily the creation of the Obama administration.
It’s important not to focus too much on the current occupant of the White House when examining the origins of the present mess. Barack Obama made everything much worse, of course, but today’s policies were firmly in place long before Mr. Obama first put his feet up on the Oval Office desk. They predate George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and possibly even George H.W. Bush.
One might say that the love affair with the mujahideen began during the Reagan administration, when the CIA provided arms, logistical assistance, and training to no fewer than seven jihad groups fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. That enterprise turned out so well — what with the USS Cole and Osama bin Laden and all — that they decided for a reprise in the 21st century in Mesopotamia. Why abandon a proven strategy?