Jewish World Review Oct. 5, 2010 / 27 Tishrei, 5771
Homeland insecurity adviser
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With the recent departures of OMB Director Peter Orszag, Economic Policy Advisor Lawrence Summers and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the next senior Obama administration official expected to quit is the National Security Advisor to the President, James Jones. All other things being equal, his successor seems likely to be the President's Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan (who also serves as General Jones' deputy).
Such a promotion for Mr. Brennan would not only be unwarranted and ill-advised. To the extent it would affirm and further institutionalize John Brennan's willful blindness, or worse, towards the most serious threat of our time - the supremacist totalitarian politico-military-legal program authorities of Islam call shariah - it could prove catastrophic.
A pathbreaking new "Team B II" study sponsored by the Center for Security Policy and entitled Shariah: The Threat to America documents the publicly available evidence of Brennan's dereliction of duty. These include: his systematic failure to recognize what animates our enemy; his insistence on characterizations of our foes that interferes with, if not utterly precludes, effective countermeasures - especially against shariah-adherents' use of stealthy techniques to achieve our submission; and the "outreach" he engages in and encourages to Muslim Brotherhood operatives.
Without access to classified information, and in the absence of the sort of congressional oversight and forensic investigation we can only hope will be forthcoming after November's elections, it is impossible to say with certainty how bad is the cumulative effect of John Brennan's tenure in a position largely cloaked in secrecy with respect to government deliberations and policy-making.
Still, recent events provide a chilling sense of the impact of what Team B member Admiral James "Ace" Lyons has called Brennan's "see-no-evil, speak-no-evil" approach - one that is utterly athwart the time-validated prescription of the great Chinese strategist, Sun Tsu, that victory in war depends on knowing one's enemy. Consider three examples:
The practical effect of such direction is to leave the United States exceptionally vulnerable to the kind of warfare our shariah-adherent jihadist enemies have operationalized here in the United States - namely, the stealthy kind practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood which calls it "civilization jihad." Brennan evidently neither understands nor is working to counter this threat.
To the contrary, to the extent that he is engaging in willfully blind behavior that is perceived by our shariah-adherent foes as submission (the literal meaning of the word "Islam"), he is setting the stage for our enemies to abandon the sub rosa civilization jihad in favor of the kind Mohammed principally practiced: the terrifyingly violent version of holy war.
Fortunately, one upside of the Ground Zero mosque controversy is that it has prompted lots of Americans to start asking hard questions, reflecting a growing awareness of shariah. They want to know, for example, about the conflicting peaceful and warlike passages of the Koran, the horrible treatment of "infidels," apostates, women and those who besmirch Islam and its followers' "honor" or sensibilities. Some of these were featured in two, hour-long specials broadcast over the weekend by ABC News.
Regrettably, the "20/20" and "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" programs largely failed to answer these questions - most especially with respect to the stealth jihad. But there is no question that a serious debate has begun and that there is a growing appreciation that the U.S. government's stewardship with respect to this most urgent of national security imperatives is seriously deficient.
For there to be real change in policy, however, there needs to be real change in policymakers. John Brennan should be encouraged to join the exodus from Team Obama's senior ranks, not promoted to a position in which he can do vastly more harm.
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JWR contributor Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, heads the Center for Security Policy. Comments by clicking here.
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