Terrorist Front Group CAIR and the Left Wing Loons are apoplectic over Mitt Romney’s appointment of Walid Phares, a Lebanese-American Christian and highly esteemed Middle East scholar, who has testified before the Defense and State departments, and has worked as a terrorism expert for professional news outlets such as NBC and, most recently, Fox News.
Acccording to The Daily Beast, Muslim Brotherhood affiliate CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) sent a letter to the Romney campaign late Tuesday calling for the ouster of the candidate’s recently appointed foreign-policy adviser, Walid Phares. In the letter, (Terrorist Front Group) CAIR refers to Phares as “an associate to war crimes” and a “conspiracy theorist,” citing ties to a violent anti-Muslim militia. Scholars and leaders throughout the Islamic community are adding pressure on Romney to drop the adviser immediately.
To critics, Phares has long been a lightning rod for charges of Islamophobia and outright aggression toward Muslims. When he emigrated to the United States in the 1990s, Phares positioned himself as an expert on Islam and Middle East relations, allying himself with conservative think tanks and appearing frequently on television. Throughout his career as a pundit, he has warned that some Muslims are plotting a secret takeover of American institutions with the end goal of imposing Sharia.
CAIR’s concerns were echoed by a chorus of Islamic scholars:
“Frankly, it is a pathetic reflection on Governor Romney to have surrounded himself with such a person for advice on the Middle East and Islam,” said Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. “It would be akin to turning to [former KKK member] David Duke to get advice on race relations.”
Correy Saylor, legislative director for CAIR, is willing to give Romney the benefit of the doubt and assume he was largely unaware of Phares’s past. Saylor credits Romney with showing an increased sensitivity to Islam over the years.
From Politico, Phares’ appointment was a signal from Romney to neoconservatives and their sometimes quite extreme allies in the “anti-jihad” movement that he wouldn’t be consorting with the likes of CAIR or with State Department Arabists. And Phares is controversial less for anything he’s said recently than for his own political origins.
Romney’s aides no doubt vetted Phares, and I suspect CAIR’s letter won’t be getting a sympathetic reading in Boston. And indeed, Phares’ current views don’t seem all that different from any number of conservative foreign policy thinkers. The choice, though, does have some symbolic value for both sides of an endlessly complicated debate.
Here is one of the many videos of Phares you can find on Youtube. More Here: WALID PHARES COMMENTARY