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A nation must think before it acts.
The American policy toward Islamists — meaning the contemporary political ideology informed by ideas about Islam, as opposed to the religion of Islam itself — should have been subjects of debate in Arab capitals and the West over successive U.S. administrations.
The Obama White House seemed to tilt toward Islamists both in Arab countries where the Muslim Brotherhood won elections and in Iran as the reigning mullahs rigged elections.
President Trump, by contrast, appeared to signal early on that he abhorred Sunni and Shiite varieties of the ideology in all their manifestations.