I can see why animosity towards the US grew as US policy became more inconsistent and erratic, abandoning many of its old allies, but, given the way Russia treats its own Muslim minorities, I am surprised that animosity shifted away from them.
I can also see that some Muslim-nation leaders were (are) despised, but again find it difficult to associate US support of Muslim-nation leaders with the term "crusade."
I think the author is far too loose with this term - apparently apparently liking it's iconic emotional value but warping it to mean "any outside support for a side I don't agree with."
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.