John Brennan is the President’s top adviser on counter-terrorism issues. And he is the President’s fair-haired boy. Dennis Blair recently resigned as Director of National Intelligence largely because he lost a power struggle with John Brennan.
As the top adviser to the President, we would expect Brennan to be an expert on the issue of Islamic inspired terrorism. Silly us.
No matter how many times terrorist organizations and individual terrorists tell us they were motivated by their religion, and insist they were doing the will of Allah, there’s always some idiot that is nuanced enough to know better than they what their true motivations are. In this case, Brennan is the idiot.
The president’s top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.
During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”
He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not “terrorism,” because terrorism is a “tactic,” and not terror, because terror is a “state of mind” — though Brennan’s title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word “terrorism” in it. But then Brennan said that the word “jihad” should not be applied either.
I’m not a Christian theologian, let alone an Islamic one. But the plain reading of the Qu’ran makes it clear that the terrorists that claim their actions are blessed under Jihad have a sounder theological leg to stand on than Brennan does:
Qur’an 9:005: So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Qur’an 4:089: They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah’s way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.
There obviously are a huge number of Muslims that do hold the view that Jihad is an internal struggle. So what? Those aren’t the people we concern ourselves with. Because there is a significant number of Muslims that explicitly believe that Jihad is an armed struggle against the infidel, and the US in particular. If our top counter-terrorism official cannot even recognize what our enemy himself proudly proclaims as his motivation, how on earth can we expect him to have any insight into the tactics, techniques and procedures terrorists intend to use.
This goes further than Brennan being a woolly headed idiot. The President not only deliberately chose this idiot, he’s chosen to side with him repeatedly in the face of asinine public statements and sided with him in internal debates over the role of our intelligence agencies in the War on Terror. He’s Obama’s guy, so Obama owns his statements.
I’m all for a little nuance, and outreach to the world community. Better to make friends than enemies. But some people will never befriend us. And the willful blindness to this is going to cost American lives.
H/T: War News Updates