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After beginning his ill-advised overseas campaign trip by insulting a key U.S. ally on its planning for the Olympics—which left even Karl Rove shaking his head —the presumptive Republican presidential nominee proceeded to antagonize a without-which-not partner of any Middle East peace process by calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel and arguing that Palestinian suffering was in effect an indication of Israeli greatness.
Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a willing mouthpiece on Capitol Hill for Islamophobic-driven conspiracy theories, including the suggestion that a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
One blogger coined the term “going the full Cantor” to denote one-sided and disproportional support for Israel in honor of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The acerbic anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller thinks that President Obama is attempting to restore “the universal caliphate” and has declared Mitt Romney “unfit to be president” for suggesting that “Islam is not an inherently violent faith.”
Jeffrey Gedmin, an early supporter of the Bush administration’s neoconservative agenda, has focused in recent years on soft-power tactics, including “surrogate broadcasting” and free-trade agreements.
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