WASHINGTON – The victories of Islamic parties in Egypt and elsewhere have forced the United States to embark on an untested strategy to engage with groups that have historically been hostile to American interests, analysts said.
Shocking that some guy named Shadi from the Brookings Doha Center (egad!) would say there's no choice, eh? As for the "sea change in U.S. policy," it's more a case of Obama and his failed Mideast policies being all at sea--and sinking fast."From a U.S. perspective, we have no choice but to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood," said Shadi Hamid, an analyst at the Brookings Doha Center. "I don't see what the alternative is."In the latest triumph for Islamic groups, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president in Egypt last month.Islamist groups have also emerged strong in Tunisia, where the government is led by the Islamic party Ennahda, and Libya.Although the United States has had good relations with regimes where political Islam is prevalent, such as Saudi Arabia, its policy toward Islamic groups that are ousting long-standing regimes or pressuring them to change is evolving.