U.S. Taxpayers Paying $16,000 for Ground Zero Mosque Imam's Middle East Junket
9:16 AM, Aug 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The State Department's spokesman told Fox News last week that Rauf is just one of 1,200 people the United States sends abroad to foster dialogue.
Why was Rauf chosen? "We think he's a moderate U.S. cleric," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, who hastened to cop the "Bush did it, too" defense: "He was actually selected for this program under the Bush administration."
It's just a tiny drop in the flood of red ink that is our national deficit, but I can't imagine taxpayers think they're getting their money's worth for this program in general--and especially for Rauf's trip in particular. He's not only called the United States “an accessory to the crime” of 9/11, refused to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, and provoked outrage over the Ground Zero mosque proposal--Rauf has defended the legitimacy of the Iranian regime.
This is the voice of moderation and tolerance that the United States wants to promote--and fund--abroad?