The Blog

Checking the Enemy's Ideology

Obama's speech in Cairo must be complemented by a campaign to empower Muslims who do not share the Islamists' vision for humanity.

12:00 AM, Jun 2, 2009 • By CHRISTIAN WHITON
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

The administration should take its time and get this right. Traditional State Department public diplomacy should be enhanced, but its overall mission should be expanded and new tools are needed. The president should insist first on a coherent strategy to counter Islamism. Once we get the strategy right, organizing for success becomes possible. At that point, history shows that the ideological opponents of the United States and other free societies do not fare particularly well.

Christian Whiton was a State Department official in the George W. Bush administration from 2003-2009. He is a policy advisor to the Foreign Policy Initiative.