A symbolic visit to a Wahhabi outpost

On Bill Bennett’s Morning in America this morning, Steve Emerson added a personal note concerning the mosque at which President Bush spoke today: “I’ve gotten ten copies [of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion] there over the years,” he said. Here is the audio clip of Emerson’s interview concerning the underreported story of the President’s visit to the Islamic Center of Washington. The president spoke there in honor of its fiftieth anniversary. He was returning to the mosque where he spoke on September 17, 2001, when he instructed Americans that “Islam is peace.” This time around he directly addressed Muslims:

“We must encourage more Muslim leaders to add their voices, to speak out against radical extremists who infiltrate mosques, to denounce organizations that use the veneer of Islamic belief to support and fund acts of violence.”

Morning in America producer Seth Leibsohn wonders if the visit is consistent with seriousness about the threat of radical Islam in this country, and asks whether the the president “will have any base of support left at all, those believing in his war policies being about the last supporting him right now.” I think we can agree that the president’s base expressed as a batting average is asymptotically approaching the Mendoza Line.
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