That Bush was better than the craziest Republicans of his time about not stirring up hatred against the domestic Muslim population isn't very surprising -- he was President.
As President, you've got to deal with Muslims abroad, even if it's just to make some of them play along with your ridiculous wars against other Muslims abroad. I imagine that it helps with that if you can not look like an instigator of massive anti-Muslim sentiment within the American political scene.
There's also the possibility that stirring up anti-Muslim sentiment will result in violence from one side or another. While it could play out in such a way that you could politically capitalize on it, that's a dicey proposition.
Today's friend becomes tomorrow's foe and vice versa when it comes to politics and international policies. Pretty ridiculous when you can look back at history and see how that has panned out.
Well said! It's interesting to watch the Republican party pick a new enemy every cycle. Last time around it was illegal immigrants. It might work for them in the short term, but in the long term they're creating a generation of voters who only know them for bigotry and war.
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