Why don't you ask Bush & Cheney what they thought about Imam Rauf when they hired him to be an advocate of Islam in America to the Middle East and a bridge between the US and the Muslim world? 'Ground Zero Mosque' Imam Was A Bush-Era Partner For Mideast Peace | TPMMuckraker
Let us also recall that Hamas came to power because of an ill-advised move by Bush and Rice to have the Palestinians hold open Democratic elections (obviously failing to recognize that Hamas did more to get aid to poor Palestinians that the government did). And there's suggestion that they also advised the ill-fated attempt of Fatah to use arms to get rid of Hamas in the West Bank, leading the Civil War that eventually led to the Hamas takeover of Gaza.
The Gaza Bombshell | Politics | Vanity Fair
Yeah. Hamas sucks. They're also partially in power in Gaza because of American mistakes.
But, those of you who are shouting down the Cordoba House project are providing perfect fodder for Hamas and other recruiters of terrorists. The faces of angry white Americans shouting down an attempt to create an open-to-the-public Islamic center only proves to them that we are at war with their religion and not its extremists. Why even try to be moderate if moderates are going to be treated the same as terrorists? The faces and posters of these protesters are going to show up on terror websites around the Middle East - where Imam Rauf is currently on a speaking tour where he is touting how positive it is to be a Muslim in America and how America doesn't hate Islam. Ironic, isn't it?