The “Strong Horse” Falters: the Egyptian Coup and the Challenge to Islamism

The failure to hold Egypt is cataclysmic for a movement which feeds off its own success.  The shattered sense of Muslim Brotherhood invincibility and inevitability poses a major problem for continued Islamist growth and popular support. The invincible strong horse just broke a leg. Continue reading

God is Great. But Not Part of Obama’s Understanding of the Middle East

Obama is of a more secularized and progressive world. His urbane, liberal, intellectual circles are embarrassed by God-talk. Such sophisticates might be God-conscious for a few hours of religious service on a weekend or holiday, but God is largely kept confined to houses of worship. God is banished from any enlightened intellectual or international political discussion.  
Such secularism, however, may cloud geopolitical vision:  th

e Mideast is flammably not secular, filled with people who live and breathe their incompatible respective understandings of God’s word. Continue reading