Are modern-day Solons from the GOP romancing the Muslim Brotherhood? A WSJ report on a recent senatorial trip to Egypt sure makes it look that way:
Mr. McCain (R., Ariz.) and his delegation of four other senators, three of them Republicans, also hinted at warming relations between conservative American lawmakers and the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian Islamist group whose triumphant performance in parliamentary elections rattled U.S. nerves among U.S. policy makers. . . .“I was very apprehensive when I heard the election results,” Mr. Graham said on Monday. “But after visiting and talking with the Muslim Brotherhood I am hopeful that . . . we can have a relationship with Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is a strong political voice.”
In a rather precipitous policy shift, the Obama Administration, now with some Republican support, has decided to parlay with the Brotherhood. How this diplomacy will play out remains to be seen, but neither of these developments is good news for the mullahs in Iran, who had hoped that the rise of Islamic parties across the Middle East would coalesce support for their defiance of the United States.