Ground Zero Mosque Villain Was a Diplomat for George W. Bush

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Rauf shaking the hand of a terrorist-sympathizing cardinal.
Rauf shaking the hand of a terrorist-sympathizing cardinal. Photo: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images

Long Island congressman Peter King is outraged — outraaaaged! — that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the guy trying to get an Islamic community center built two blocks from ground zero, is being sent to the Middle East by the State Department as part of a delegation that will speak about "what it's like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States." (Let's hope he doesn't mention the whole "you can't build your mosque here" fuss!)

“This radical is a terrible choice to be one of the faces or our country overseas," King and Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen say in a statement. "The USA should be using public diplomacy programs to combat extremism, not to endorse it.” Ugh, that President Obama, he just loves him his Muslim radicals, yaknowwhatimean?

Oh, wait a second:

[State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley] added that the department's public-diplomacy offices "have a long-term relationship with" Rauf — including during the past Bush administration, when the religious leader undertook a similar speaking tour.


Of course, that was before Rauf revealed his true extremism by, uh, wanting to build a community center.

'Ground Zero Mosque' Imam Was A Bush-Era Partner For Mideast Peace [TPM]