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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Former Politico Editor Wrote in 2012 that U.S. Had ‘No Choice’ but to Accept Islamism

Politico National Editor Michael Hirsh resigned after he made a series of Facebook posts, including one that appeared to advocate for violence against National Policy Institute President Richard Spencer. Hirsh’s distaste for Spencer stands in contrast to a piece he wrote in 2012 on the U.S. having “no choice” but to accept Islamist groups across the globe.

The Daily Caller published an article on Nov. 22 that Michael Hirsh resigned from Politico following remarks he made on Facebook against Spencer and his political and racial views. In one post Hirsh wrote, “I wasn’t thinking of a fucking letter, Doug. He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?”

Hirsh’s hostility towards Spencer and his beliefs stands in contrast to Hirsh’s attitude about Islamists. Hirsh wrote a blog post in 2012 for National Journal called, “Can Obama Safely Embrace Islamists?” Hirsh in part wrote:

In an article in the current National Journal called “The Post Al Qaida Era,” I write that the Obama administration is taking a new view of Islamist radicalism. The president realizes he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively “moderate” Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. (The Muslim Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago, leading then-dissident radicals such as Ayman al-Zawahiri to join al Qaida.) . . . 
Some of the smarter hardliners on the Right, like Reuel Marc Gerecht, are coming to realize that the Arab world may find another route to democracy—through Islamism. The question is, how will this play politically at a time when Obama’s GOP rival, Mitt Romney, is painting the president as a weak accomodationist?

Hirsh’s departure from Politico likely will not mean the end of his media elite career. Expect another organization to hire him in 2017 if not sooner.

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