Barack Obama and Political Islam

In a recent article for the Gatestone Institute entitled, “U.S. Keeps Joining the Forces of Jihad,” analyst Clare Lopez writes the following:

With the June 13, 2013 confirmation by senior Obama administration officials that the president has authorized sending weapons directly to Syrian rebels, there is a trend developing that can no longer be ignored. This is the third country and the third instance in which Barack Obama has leapt into the fray of revolution to the defense of al-Qa’eda and Muslim Brotherhood…

I have, of course, been discussing this kind of thing at Israel Thrives for years now.

Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and he supported al-Qaeda in Libya and now he supports the Islamist rebels in Syria and, yet, if I say that Obama supports political Islam my progressive-left friends look at me as if I am speaking in Swahili.

Can we finally, at long last, put aside the fiction that Obama does not support political Islam?  Can a little bit of obvious reality begin to seep into the discussion among progressives concerning this?  I have been smeared as some sort-of hard-line right-wing monster for daring to acknowledge the obvious.  It’s as if one’s liberal credentials can only be maintained through sticking one’s head in the ground and keeping it there.

I am going to keep this very brief because, I tell you, it is just too damn hot in Oakland today.

But the fact of the matter is that Obama supports political Islam and yet 69 percent of American Jews still voted for him in his run for re-election.  The only way that result was possible was through silence by the mainstream media concerning Obama’s support for political Islam and by the brick wall-like ideological blinkertude of Obama’s Jewish supporters.

However inconvenient it may be, the truth is not dependent upon one’s political inclinations.

Sometimes the truth is just the truth and it is unquestionably true – and it has been obviously unquestionably true for a long time now – that Barack Obama supports political Islam.  Now, he may do so out of the very finest intentions, but whatever his intentions, it remains the case that he does so.

My only real question is whether Obama’s Jewish supporters will finally acknowledge the truth?

My suspicion is that, no, they will not.  The very same people that supported the misnamed “Arab Spring,” even as we all watched it devolve into a series of murders and riots and rapes, will continue to pretend that Barack Obama is not a friend to radical Islam and is, thus, a good friend to the Jewish people and to the Jewish State of Israel.

How anyone can continue to maintain that fantasy after all this time just boggles the imagination.

Yet, they will.


Mike Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.

About the Author
Mike Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at the Times of Israel and at his own blog, Israel Thrives ( He has in recent years given conference papers on American cultural and intellectual history at The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Dublin, Ireland, as well as at the Western Historical Association in Phoenix, Arizona and the American Cultural Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at