Today in his Washington Times column, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney reviews President Obama’s speech at Cairo University last week and thinks he has stumbled onto something, that “there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.” The evidence? “Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to ‘the Holy Koran,’” he “established his firsthand knowledge of Islam,” and he uttered the phrase “peace be upon them” when referring to Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. And according to Gaffney, “no believing Christian” would ever make such a statement because “for Christians, Jesus is the living and immortal Son of God.” Gaffney also throws in a Munich analogy:
The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich.
The Wonk Room’s Matt Duss notes that not only does Gaffney enjoy invoking the Munich analogy, particularly in places where it doesn’t make any sense (such as this case and others), but he also isn’t to be taken seriously “as an analyst.” But, “as someone willing to cast deeply irresponsible and transparently bigoted accusations against the president,” Duss argues, “he should be taken very seriously.”
Some more reactions throughout the blogosphere.