Obama's Outreach to Muslims Starts New Path in Middle East In choosing an Arab network for his first televised interview, President Obama signaled a break with the past. Even before crafting its own Middle East strategy, the Obama administration is making clear that its approach will differ -- in tone and style, if not also in substance -- from its predecessor's. In choosing an Arab network for his first televised interview to declare, "Americans are not your enemy," President Barack Obama signaled a break with the past. The substance of the shift may have to wait, but the symbolism is immediate and likely to be reinforced with an early presidential visit to a Muslim nation. The administration sees a great deal at stake, and not just the future prospect for Arab-Israeli peace. There also is the broader struggle against Islamic extremism -- what the George W. Bush administration called a "global war on terrorism" -- and the prospect for stability and democracy in Iraq. The stakes stretch to Afghanistan, the Central Asian launching pad for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and where tens of thousands more U.S. troops are likely to be fighting in the months ahead. At least as important is the related problem of Pakistan, the nuclear-armed Muslim nation whose largely ungoverned areas along the border with Afghanistan are a haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists. The list of related issues runs longer: Syria, Lebanon, Iran. Article continues here... Ya know, there's nothing "new" about this other than hussein is doing it. But whatever... if he can do ANYTHING to bring about better relations with the jihad crowd, my hats off to the guy. My guess is though, he's going to find out just like every other President has before him, these cold blooded, manical killers understand one thing and one thing only, BRUTE MILITARY FORCE!