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Coming back everyone the Obama administration is facing new criticism.
Over a recent visitor to the White House after weeks of coming under fire for not allowing American families to turn the people's house because -- sequester.
The doors were opened to this man he's the vice president.
I have a group founded by an Egyptian cleric who is considered so radical the United States banned him from entering the country.
The White House defending the meeting saying the -- your screen and by -- has spoken out against al-Qaeda in the past among other things Jonathan's answer.
As a former terrorism analyst for the Treasury Department is -- the vice president our research and the foundation for defense a democracy so.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well he's a Mauritanian cleric he's this vice president of the international union a month of Muslim scholars.
And this is an organization that is founded in and controlled by ES effusive card -- Who was.
Who was actually barred from Egypt.
For his radical views this is a man who has issued fox -- in support of suicide bombings.
By Hamas and Israel this is a man who supported violence.
In Iraq and so here you have is deputy coming to the White House which obviously.
Has a number of people thinking that this is rather controversial.
-- White House speaking -- and Henry and it's and an unnamed senior administration official.
Said that among other things that been by and -- -- -- -- pardon me has spoken out against al-Qaeda.
Has worked with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has worked and other global health issues and -- that that's the focus of the White House meeting.
What do you think about that and and the part specifically about speaking out against al-Qaeda is is something that this this man has done.
Well it is and I've seen the reports about this he's actually gone against a -- In support of -- qaeda's Jihad.
And yes he has worked with with the gates foundation in the past but the question is if he were represents the views of of of -- -- If he supports this idea of of Jihad is -- against Israel or against the United States and Iraq.
There's a mixed there's -- there -- some mixed messages going on here and so the question is whether we should be legitimizing somebody like that.
When we talk about Muslim -- -- we really should be picking the very best the cream of the crop the people who absolutely.
Renounce violence on every level these are the people we should be engaging with.
And by the way we've also heard that there's been some discussion for possible discussion about engaging on Syria this is what have been -- Top issues right now and so when we talk about trying to -- the opposition are trying to -- the kind of people -- we wanna work with.
In Syria I'm not sure that this is the guy that we should be talking to.
-- a question about engaging.
-- -- the other side has been a question not only for this administration but for the Bush Administration is well.
And this story remind mean if it's not a fair comparison please plan out on and it just it brought an -- in in my mind when we found out that.
-- the Pentagon hosted on -- a lock key at a lunch.
Couple lines after 9/11 of course we now know he is inspired a multitude of different terrorist attacks one including on our soil at Fort Hood.
Is this the same sort of thing as this is this steadily into the same category about.
Not really engaging the right not really knowing to a -- -- engage or is this about you keep your friends close and your potential enemies closer.
Well let's just be very clear about this so -- was it was an al-Qaeda cleric over talking -- -- been Baez not that.
But he has associations.
That that raised eyebrows and and raise questions.
And so you know I wouldn't put him on the same level as -- -- but I would say that we need to vet people more carefully especially for going to let people into the White House.
If you're gonna hit you invite them into the center of American power.
He's beat these people should be vetted properly and if his associations include.
Card Alley then I I think that's a problem.
The investigative project and terrorism is the one that first flight this group flagged this visit it -- senate the White House is very public about.
I've been by actually put it out on his website that he had this president talked about Syria and go to the point that John -- -- -- that there are people out there that we should engage that we should hear more front.
And yet we continue to have stories like this.
Or more negative winds in general.
That and give the public kind of a lack of hope that there are -- are people that we should engage our our people within the Muslim community especially that we should be engaging.
And could be helpful to -- -- can be helpful to them.
Sure -- we always hear about this idea that this is a war on terror -- war against radical Islam.
But at the end of the day this is not something that we can win alone we always have to talk about this idea that bit of radical Islam is the problem in moderate Islam is the solution.
And so therefore we need to go out and find the people who can articulate that moderate version of Islam.
That renounce violence entirely not in some cases and then another in other cases embrace it which may be the case within by -- So in other words we need to find the people who absolutely are RD of the peace seeking.
Muslims who were out of bashing about this and it's unclear whether this is the right guy.
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