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:
-Team B Member Patrick Poole revealed last week at BigPeace.com that, in adherence to the Brennan outreach mantra, the FBI provided a six-week training - and intelligence-collection opportunity - to a known Hamas operative named Sheikh Kefah Mustapha. When challenged, a Bureau spokesman insisted that there was no problem with doing so because Mustapha "had never been convicted of any crime." Never mind that he was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history or fired from a volunteer chaplain post with the Illinois State Police when his terrorist ties were exposed.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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