Tuesday, January 15, 2008

C.A.I.R. Attacks Foreign Policy of Rudy, Applauds That of Obama

Are you sure this is the kind of endorsement you want, Senator Obama? C.A.I.R. has published a report on its website declaring the foreign policy advice being given to Rudy Giuliani as "hawkish." At the same time, CAIR is quick to align itself with Lawrence Korb who is an advisor for Senator Barack Obama. I've excerpted below the panic that CAIR wants to spread regarding Giuliani's advisors but I want to really target on the last comment of the article that reads:

"He has people who are obviously famous for being pro-Israeli and anti-Islam, anti-Iran," says Hooshang Amirahmadi, director of Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.

CAIR is full steam ahead in setting up the Republican candidates for the islamophobe label and I find it quite interesting is the one positive mention of Obama's advisor and nary a word about Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. The fact that CAIR is up in arms against Rudy Giuliani is all the more reason for other candidates to echo Rudy's stance.

I don't usually link to CAIR's site but I will this time...Link is here.

CAIR: Who Shapes Candidates’ Foreign Policy Opinions?

Lawrence Korb, now working for Sen. Barack Obama, doesn't like the way American foreign policy has been conducted by George W. Bush.
In an interview last fall, Rep. Peter King complained that "we have too many mosques in this country." That caused a stir, especially since the New York Republican is among those advising presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on foreign affairs.
King denied his remarks were Islamophobic. But they left some wondering what kind of advice he might give Giuliani on dealing with Iran and other Muslim countries.
"It's a big concern for us," says Corey Saylor, legislative director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, King is among an often overlooked group of players in presidential campaigns - the foreign policy advisers. This year's bumper crop includes think-tank scholars, TV pundits, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on genocide advising Sen. Barack Obama and ex-secretaries of state (Madeleine Albright for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Alexander Haig for Sen. John McCain).

By far the most controversial team is that of Giuliani, New York City's mayor at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. With a campaign heavily based on defeating Islamic terrorism, he has amassed a group of hawkish advisers who, as the New Yorker put it, "got Iraq spectacularly wrong (and) seem determined to make up for it by doing the same thing in Iran."
Among those in Giuliani's camp are historian Daniel Pipes, who predicted that war with Iraq would reduce terrorism, and writer Norman Podhoretz, who is urging the United States to attack Iran.

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