-We also learned last week that a man brought into the White House in April for a high-level Muslim outreach effort designed "to update members of the Arab-American community on issues of their concern, Hatem Abudayyeh, had his home raided by the FBI on suspicion of ties to terrorism in the Middle East and Latin America. As Andy McCarthy makes plain in an important essay National Review Online, Abuddayyeh's ties to unsavory individuals like friend-of-Obama Rashid Khalidi should be a concern on multiple levels.
-The Pentagon recently released its final after-action report concerning the Fort Hood massacre allegedly committed by a self-described "Soldier of Allah" named Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan. This document became the latest in a series of strategy papers, policy documents and guidelines issued by law enforcement, intelligence, military and homeland security agencies that fail to use words like "Islam," "Muslim," "shariah," "Muslim Brotherhood," or "jihad." In fact, John Brennan has expressly forbidden the use of the term "jihad" as he considers it to be a "legitimate tenet of Islam" whose correct translation is personal struggle, not holy war.
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.
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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