Terrorism: How much trouble are we in?...quite a bit
By Frank Salvato
Almost from the beginning there has been a debate on whether the Obama Administration was inexperienced and naïve or agenda driven and calculating. We watched Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, behind closed doors and using every tool of political coercion available, ramrod health insurance reform down the throats of an unwilling American public. At that point many thought the Progressive machine one of ruthless cunning; a contingent of callous ideologues willing to inflict grave political consequences upon the Democrat party in order to achieve a long sought goal. But, that illusion was shattered, and by an element of the administration that traditionally should have known better.
As the Egyptian people swarmed Tahrir Square in anticipation of what they thought would be Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, as reports that Mr. Mubarak would be handing over control of the Egyptian government to either his vice president, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian Military Council or a combination of both, the US National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, made one of the most unintelligent, uninformed and naïve observations since Neville Chamberlain returned from his meeting with Adolf Hitler declaring "...peace for our time."
When asked by US Rep, Sue Myrick (R-NC), during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday, about the threat the Muslim Brotherhood poses by their inclusion in any post-Mubarak government, Mr. Clapper – who is in charge of all United States intelligence agencies as Director of National Intelligence – replied, "The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which eschewed violence and decried al-Qaeda as a version of Islam."
The notion that the Muslim Brotherhood is "heterogeneous" and "largely secular," besides being untruthful, is pathetically laughable. The declaration that the Muslim Brotherhood "eschewed violence" and "decried al Qaeda," in addition to being, again, untruthful and pathetically laughable, is dangerously naïve and tantamount to a dereliction of duty.
When you add to the mix that last December, in the immediate aftermath of the arrest of 12 high-value terror suspects in Britain, Mr. Clapper was caught ignorant of the event during an ABC News interview with Diane Sawyer, it wouldn't be unreasonable to ask how in the hell Mr. Clapper continues on in his post.
To be clear, the Muslim Brotherhood is the group responsible for the birth of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It delivered unto al Qaeda its number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, and was directly responsible for the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Its purpose is to not only guard the purity of the tenets of fundamentalist Islam, but to facilitate the establishment of a global Islamist caliphate; a global government that would exist under oppressive, intolerant and totalitarian Sharia Law. The Muslim Brotherhood's credo: "God is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations."
If that weren't bad enough, Mr. Clapper has a partner his intellectually challenged naiveté: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Recently, at an event at the University of El Paso – just across the Rio Grande River from Ciudad Juarez, a town ravaged by an unprecedented wave of drug-fueled violence – Sec. Napolitano said, "It's inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control...This statement, often made only to score political points, is just plain wrong."
This stunning statement flies in the face of daily reports of violence extending into the United States. The city of Phoenix rivals Mexico City in the number of drug cartel related kidnappings. Human trafficking from Mexico into the United States is at an all time high. Border Patrol agents are being killed by drug cartel gangs possessing superior firepower. And bullets from drug cartel gang shootouts have struck buildings on the University of Texas Brownsville campus. To paraphrase Sec. Napolitano, it is inaccurate – and many would agree with me, criminal – not to state that the border is "overrun with violence and out of control."
Add to all this the fact – the fact – that radical Islamist jihadis are partnering with Mexican and South American drug cartels so as to exploit their smuggling operations for the purposes of moving operatives into the United States, and the notion that the borders of the United States of America are secure is maddening to the point of being obscene.
Yet, for all their inaction, for all their apathy for the facts, for all their arrogant ignorance, for all the danger they have foisted upon the people of the United States, Clapper has the gall to say, "Terrorism is the top national security threat facing the US homeland, and job No. 1 for the intelligence community, " while Napolitano says, "The threat of terrorism against the US may be at its highest level since the September 11, 2001, attacks."
As revolution engulfs the Middle East – and with the radical Islamists, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian mullahs pushing hard for the advancement of fundamentalist Islam, first throughout the region and then throughout the world in the form of a global Caliphate – how can We the People tolerate the incompetence inflicted upon us by the Obama Administration with regard to national intelligence and national security? How, in the name of the Lord Almighty, are Mr. Clapper and Ms. Napolitano still employed by the federal government? How is the security of the most powerful nation on Earth entrusted to these two unaware, uneducated, uninformed, agenda-driven political lackeys?
The call for an immediate investigation into the competency of James Clapper and Janet Napolitano must be heard on Capitol Hill. Ignorance in the execution of national intelligence led to the deaths of 2,985 people on September 11, 2001, and can be viewed as nothing less than an affront to our nation. The refusal to accept the facts – as they present – in national security is akin to aiding and abetting foreign criminal enterprises. Both shortcomings cannot be tolerated any longer and shouldn't have been tolerated in the first place.
The blame for the incompetence in the execution of national security at the highest levels – the blame for the infliction of James Clapper and Janet Napolitano on the American people – lies exclusively with President Barack Obama and his immediate inner circle, including his girl Friday, Valerie Jarrett. Should Mr. Obama decline to fire these two for dereliction of duty – immediately – the powers that be in the United States House of Representatives should look into qualifying high crimes and misdemeanors against Mr. Obama for not honoring his oath to, to the best of his ability, "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
So help me God!
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for BasicsProject.org a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's Listening Post. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.