Has the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked the U.S. Muslim Lobby?

Major Muslim organizations, including CAIR and ISNA, have convinced Washington and the media that they represent mainstream American Islam. In fact, only about 10 percent of American Muslims express support for these groups, which maintain close ties to the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood, receive lavish funding from the Organization of Islamic States, and work hard to deflect attention away from the threat of radical Islamism. M. Judi Jasser, a Syrian-American activist, explains:

You have to ask yourself not only to what degree Brotherhood-linked individuals influence [what] the administration [says], but also what it does not say. The president, even when talking about an organization as Islamist as ISIS/IS, whose very name epitomizes Islamism, won’t use the term “Islam.” He’ll use the terms “violence,” “barbarism,” and “extremism” instead—that’s clearly coming from Islamists who want the American public to remain numb to the threat of Islamism.

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To Save Gaza, the U.S. Needs a Strategy to Restrain Iran

Since the outbreak of war on October 7, America has given Israel much support, and also much advice. Seth Cropsey argues that some of that advice hasn’t been especially good:

American demands for “restraint” and a “lighter footprint” provide significant elements of Hamas’s command structure, including Yahya Sinwar, the architect of 10/7, a far greater chance of surviving and preserving the organization’s capabilities. Its threat will persist to some extent in any case, since it has significant assets in Lebanon and is poised to enter into a full-fledged partnership with Hizballah that would give it access to Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps for recruitment and to Iranian-supported ratlines into Jordan and Syria.

Turning to the aftermath of the war, Cropsey observes that it will take a different kind of involvement for the U.S. to get the outcomes it desires, namely an alternative to Israeli and to Hamas rule in Gaza that comes with buy-in from its Arab allies:

The only way that Gaza can be governed in a sustainable and stable manner is through the participation of Arab states, and in particular the Gulf Arabs, and the only power that can deliver their participation is the United States. A grand bargain is impossible unless the U.S. exerts enough leverage to induce one.

Militarily speaking, the U.S. has shown no desire seriously to curb Iranian power. It has persistently signaled a desire to avoid escalation. . . . The Gulf Arabs understand this. They have no desire to engage in serious strategic dialogue with Washington and Jerusalem over Iran strategy, since Washington does not have an Iran strategy.

Gaza’s fate is a small part of a much broader strategic struggle. Unless this is recognized, any diplomatic master plan will degenerate into a diplomatic parlor game.

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More about: Gaza War 2023, Iran, U.S. Foreign policy