In 2009, Obama appointed Obama directed the State department to create a new appointment, U.S. Special Representative for Muslim (Ummah) Outreach, who reports directly to the Secretary of State and he did so at the urging of the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who then pushed Obama to immediately meet with the Islamic bloc.
Last December, he pushed the U.N. religious tolerance resolution with the Muslims which aligned, according to the Islamic bloc, with their interests. Read here: CNS News
There are many cases of such influence and I question whether this influence, actively sought by Obama, will steer the Israel-Iran debate further into dark and dangerous territory.
Check out this recent statement from Israpundit –
A note from Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson:
…It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed “offensive.” The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered “offensive” but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered “anti-Islam” by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
The February 8 FBI meeting was the culmination of a series of unpublicized directives issued in the last three months by top FBI officials to all its field offices to immediately recall and withdraw any presentation or curricula on Islam throughout the entire FBI. In fact, according to informed sources and undisclosed documents, the FBI directive was instigated by radical Muslim groups in the US who had repeatedly met with top officials of the Obama Administration to complain, among other things, that the mere usage of the term of “radical Islam” in FBI curricula was “offensive” and ‘racist.” And thus, directives went out by Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Mueller to censor all such material. Included in the material destroyed or removed by the FBI and the DOJ were power-points and articles that defined jihad as “holy war” or presentations that portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization bent on taking over the world—a major tenant that the Muslim Brotherhood has publicly stated for decades…
Obama has recognized The Muslim Brotherhood and put Israel on the list of countries that support terrorism without mentioning their victimization: FrontPageMag
My greatest concern is what it has been all along. This could have been avoided if he had used appropriate diplomacy and sanctions in a timely manner in lieu of the absurd bowing, cowtowing and moddly-coddling that has sent a message of U.S. weakness throughout the world. If Israel does strike because they see an existential threat, they might not be able to handle the job and I do not trust this President to support them.
Anyone who thinks the U.S. is not the main target or that this will pacify Iran is delusional. I do not want war. I want Obama to stop sending mixed and weak messages throughout the Arab world. What he is doing is not working.
Great Additional Reading: The Political Commentator
Excellent Article: Bloomberg: How U.S. – Iran Standoff Looks From Israel