by CBNNews.com | April 24, 2012
The White House is moving toward developing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists groups in the Middle East.
National Journal reports that President Obama believes he has no choice but cultivate the Brotherhood and other relatively "moderate" Islamic groups in Egypt and other countries.
As one State Department official suggested, no longer are all Islamists viewed as having possible terrorist ties.
"The war on terror is over," one State Department official told the magazine.
"Now that we have killed most of al Qaeda, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism," the official said.
CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck talked more about the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration acceptance of such groups. Click play for his comments: