Obama Presidency
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Obama's Outreach to Muslims Won't Achieve Goal

| by Hudson Institute

By David Satter, originally published on www.forbes.com

The decision by President Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and open a dialogue with the Muslim world is unlikely to achieve its principal objective, which is to undermine the appeal of al-Qaida.

The reason for this is that attacks like Sept. 11, 2001, spring from deep spiritual causes and are not the result of American political behavior.

In his interview with the Arabic television station, al Arabiya, Obama missed the moral dimension of the struggle with terrorism completely. He said that the U.S. has "not been perfect" in its dealings with the Arab world (who has?) and all too often started off by dictating...

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David Satter
, a senior fellow with Hudson Institute and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the author of Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (Yale).

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