Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is flying to Cairo on Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s Islamic-outreach policy is faces a critical test of its claimed ability to curb Islamists’ use of jihad
After Obama launched his “New Beginning “ outreach to Islamists in 2009, he pressured the Egyptian army to avoid involvement in politics, which opened the door to the Muslim Brotherhood’s subsequent 2011 and 2012 ballot-box takeover in Egypt.
The takeover, he argued, would be a body-blow to jihadis’ claims that Muslims’ political aspirations can only be achieved by force.
However, Egypt’s 80 million Muslims have elected a new Islamist government that has provided far more ideological and political support to the Gaza-based Hamas jihad group than was ever shown or allowed by the ousted Egyptian strongman, Gen. Hosni Mubarak. [...]