This is identity-politics opportunism of the worst kind. The fact that Yee was of Chinese descent had about as much to do with the case as his shoe size. The issue is our continued vulnerability to Islamist infiltration, particularly in the armed forces. Yee's race card-playing team conveniently ignores the recent arrest of Ryan Anderson, the white Muslim National Guardsman accused of trying to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda over the Internet -- as well as the other alleged espionage cases at Guantanamo Bay involving Ahmad F. Mehalba, an Egyptian-American Muslim civilian interpreter charged with lying about computer CDs in his baggage that contained classified information from Guantanamo, and Air Force Senior Airman Ahmad I. al Halabi. Al Halabi, a Syrian-American Muslim, faces 17 charges of espionage, lying and disobeying orders, and also stands accused of failing to report his contacts with the Syrian Embassy to his superiors and of repeatedly lying to Air Force investigators.
After the Yee case came to light last fall, I wrote that the military's dangerous deference to radical Islam was a menace to our national security. The outcome of the Yee case does not change my position on this. (And by the way, to those readers who have demanded that I apologize to Captain Yee, I'll send him a condolence card when you apologize for your "Free Mike Hawash" campaign on behalf of the Portland software engineer who pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists and confessed that he and other associates were "prepared to take up arms, and die as martyrs if necessary, to defend the Taliban.") Nor does the dismissal of charges against Yee negate the still-pressing need to subject to heightened scrutiny the rest of the armed forces' Muslim chaplains -- more than half of whom were trained by a terror-linked, Saudi-subsidized institute.
Once again, the hindsight hypocrites are lambasting the Bush administration for overreacting while excoriating them in the same breath for underreacting to potential terrorist conspiracies. It's a sorry sight.
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