Sinking to New Lows in the Terror War


Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a columnist for National Review. His book Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books, 2008), has just been released in paperback with a new preface. Check out a description from Encounter Books.

FP: Andy McCarthy, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.

The Obama administration has now named a CAIR-trained supporter of convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian to be its envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. What gives here?

McCarthy: Jamie, as always it’s a great pleasure to be here.

It’s not such a great pleasure, however, to talk about what is happening to our country.  What we are seeing is the domestic version of the Obama administration’s dangerously loopy “engagement” strategy.  Basically, if you’re a friend of the United States, say Israel or Poland, prepare to be screwed; if you despise America as, say, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood do, prepare to be wooed. What’s happening here is wrong on so many levels it’s hard to unwind.

The OIC is an insidious organization dedicated to the imposition of Sharia (i.e., the evisceration of liberty) and the destruction of Israel. Yet, as Claudia Rosett’s recent brilliant column in Forbes observes, we are subsidizing its activities and giving it a propaganda victory every time we repeat its claim to be a “57-nation bloc” (one of those “nations” is the Palestinian territories, which do not constitute a nation). We shouldn’t have an envoy for it at all. We can thank the Bush administration’s pandering for that, but the Obama administration takes every Bush misstep and increases it geometrically. So now we will have an envoy whose credibility with the OIC will lie in the fact that he shares its disdain for the American government’s national defense measures against Islamic terrorists.

FP: What’s with Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano and her cozy relationship with Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. affiliates?

McCarthy: This is a continuation of what President Obama started in Cairo, when the Muslim Brotherhood was invited to attend his ballyhooed speech. There are many people on the Left who have argued for years that we should be engaging the Brotherhood — that they are the “good” Islamists who are willing to work through a political process rather than resort to terror.  Putting aside that they actually do support terrorism (against U.S. forces in Muslim countries and against Israel, at the least), shouldn’t we be concerned about what these “moderates” want to achieve through the political process?  They are dedicated to the installation of Sharia law, the necessary precondition, in Islamist ideology, to the Islamization of society.

Many of the groups for which Napolitiano has rolled out the red carpet — the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, for instances, are Muslim Brotherhood tentacles.  Like CAIR, they were shown in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial to be part of what the Brotherhood described as ”grand jihad” to “sabotage” America from within. When you know that, the idea would be to keep them out.  We’re inviting them in.  I strongly recommend that people check out Richard Pollock’s report at Pajamas Media about Napolitano’s meeting with these groups.

FP: Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan has come out with some curious comments on the recidivism rates of released Gitmo detainees. Tell us about those comments and other aspects of this story that need more attention.

McCarthy: Well, the recidivism comment is just staggering.  First of all, to say the rate at which former Gitmo detainees recidivate (i.e., go back to the jihad) is ”20 percent,” as Brennan said, is preposterous.  We don’t know if someone is a recidivist unless we either encounter him on the battlefield or get reliable intelligence that he has rejoined the terrorist groups.  That is, we can’t account for people we haven’t encountered on the battlefield or otherwise gotten good intelligence about.

This is not a criminal trial such that you have to suspend common sense and give those unaccounted for jihadists the benefit of the doubt. The only safe assumption is that the real recidivism rate is higher — no doubt much higher — than 20 percent. Moreover, even if it were lower, we are talking about people who go back to mass-murder, not shop-lifting. For Brennan to say 20 percent is fine because it compares favorably to the recidivism rate for ordinary criminals utterly misconstrues the difference between a national security challenge (which must be defeated) and a mere criminal justice problem (which has to be managed by good policing but can never really be eliminated).  That would be a stupid remark for a cop or an analyst to make; for a high national security official to make it is inexcusable.

Beyond that, why is Brennan going to NYU to pander to Islamist activists like Omar Shahin?  Michelle Malkin has an excellent piece on this unnoticed aspect of Brennan’s performance. Shahin was the ring-leader of the Flying Imams. He was also the leader at one of the most notorious Islamist mosques in the United States, the Islamic Center of Tucson. His predecessor there was Wael Hamza Julaidan, an al Qaeda founder designated by the Treasury Department as an international terrorist. Shahin gave fiery anti-Semitic “sermons” while at the mosque, the worshippers at which included 9/11 suicide bomber Hani Hanjour, bin Laden’s secretary Wadi el-Hage (since convicted in the embassy bombing case), and two young Saudis (Hamdan al-Shalawi and Muhammad al-Qudhaieen) who just happen to have been implicated in a 1999 “dry run” for the 9/11 attacks — engaging in the same sort of antics Shahin and the other Flying Imams engaged in. Shahin was the Arizona coordinator for the Holy Land Foundation (a charity later shuttered for supporting Hamas) and later became a representative of “Kind Hearts,” another Hamas charitable front. Yet, here is a top presidential adviser not only giving this guy the time of day but seemingly agreeing with him that our post-9/11 counterterrorism has been too aggressive.  It’s shameful.

FP: What is happening in all of these developments and what threat does it pose?

McCarthy: The Muslim Brotherhood’s “grand jihad” — as it describes the plan in a 1991 memo — is to “sabotage” the United States from within.  These developments show we’re not only failing to defend ourselves.  We’re helping them along.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Not only are our leaders screwing the People by corruption and mismanagement they are doing nothing to inform us of the dangers these mutants pose!

  • http://www.RadioJihad.org Radio Jihad

    Making the complex simple – McCarthy nails it. The Muslim Brotherhood is the Godfather controlling all the families, CAIR, ISNA,ICNA, MSA, etc… with an iron fist and unwavering determination to see Sharia Law the dominant Law in the West, East, North, and South. House of Islam or House of War – making the complex simple

    Let's face facts, not everybody in the world wants freedom, liberty, and democracy. In order for the Islamic world to adopt freedom, liberty, and democracy they will need to get rid of Islamic Law/Sharia, adopt separation of Mosque&State, and a lot of powerful Imam's, Mullah's, Supreme Leaders, Royal Families, and Government leaders will need to voluntarily give up their power, wealth, corruption, fiefdoms, control over the people etc… and sacrifice all that to transfer power to the people – Like our founding fathers did ????

    The day the eastern world and Islamic governments transfer their power to the people – Is the day pigs will fly and the world adopts a vegetarian diet.

    God Bless America and God Bless our Troops

    America Akbar
    Alan Kornman

  • Stephen D.

    If a Muslim converts they are now an apostate and worthy only of death correct? Isn’t someone we know calling themselves a “Christian” who at least “used to be” a Muslim? Why haven’t we heard any Fatwa issued calling for death? Unless of course, through Tagiyya, it is known in the Islamic community that this is merely to decieve us Infidels . What else could possibly explain this complacency or more likely this outright support?

  • BS1977

    But, let's all remind ourselves now…..it's the religion of peace!!! Um hummmmm.

  • flyingtiger

    The foreign policy of George W. Bush was to reward your enemies, punish your friends. BHO is following the same policy, except he is handing out more punishments and more rewards.
    When can we get a leader who will help americans?

  • USMCSniper

    Of all the infuriating aspects of the decision to transfer five 9/11 war criminals to civilian federal court, the one that grates most is the contention that the Obama administration is finally moving forward after “eight years of delay” — as Attorney General Eric Holder put it at his Friday press conference — during which the Bush administration managed to complete only three military-commission trials.

    This is chutzpah writ large. The principal reason there were so few military trials is the tireless campaign conducted by 9 leftist lawyers to derail military tribunals by challenging them in the courts. Many of those lawyers are now working for the Obama Justice Department. That includes Holder, whose firm, Covington & Burling, volunteered its services of these 9 of lawyers free to at least 18 of America’s enemies in lawsuits they brought against the American people. (During 2007 alone, Covington contributed more than 3,000 hours of free, top-flight legal assistance to our enemy detainees.)

  • Sue

    Why are we tolerating the intolerant? It is like an invasion here in the UK, just what does our government know that they aren't telling us? There must be a reason why they are handing this country over to Islam? We are dictated to by the European Courts and we are no longer a free country. We now pin our hopes on the British National Party, whom the Equal Rights bully boys are trying to finish off but hopefully they will gain some seats in the upcoming election so that the ordinary British people can once again be heard. If America is not already in the state that the UK is in then you must stand up against Islam – they don't want you for a friend! The Netherlands also has big problems and their defender against Islam is Geert Wilders who must win his court case or we are all in trouble – please show your support for him by signing: http://www.petitiononline.com/wilders/
    Islam will conquor the world by stealth and we must stand against it, or the consequences are too vile to contemplate!!!

  • james

    Have not seen a man of the Earth likr Gert Wilders;he has nothing personal to gain from standing alone against the Devil;Perhaps he needs a little help;he is rather impressive from what we have seen;barring any big-headed-ness on his part.Amonkey wrench in the new Monarchy sure would be nice in Europe;perhaps a ghost in the machine.perhaps;WINTER.

  • Len Powder

    "Allah is our goal; the Prophet is our guide; the Quran is our constitution; jihad is our
    way; and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition."
    —Muslim Brotherhood credo

    "The Noble Quran appoints the Muslims as guardians over humanity and grants them
    the right of dominion over the world in order to carry out this sublime commission. It
    is their duty to establish sovereignty over the world. "
    —late Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, heralded by Ikhwans
    as an "Islamic martyr" after his assassination in Egypt

  • Steve P.

    All the indicators of who Obama was was there before he was elected but in our degeneracy we didn't see it or didn't care. We, as a nation, asked for it. We are only begining to pay the price. See this Video. It says it all & I Promise You Will NEVER Forget It. http://www.truthtube.TV/play.php?vid=717 See what our degeneracy & apathy will bring to future generations.

  • Wendy Rosen

    I lived within the Tucson, AZ Islamic Community as one of Sheikh Omar Ahmed Shahin's wives from the year 2000 until January 2007. I became a Federal Informant in the year 2001, shortly before the WTC bombings. Omar shahin, of the Six Flying Imams, was involved with the planning and carrying out of 9/11. I know, as he sent me and my younger daughter to meet his friends Muhammed Atta and Khalid, in the year 2000, in Florida. I still have the letter with the postmarked envelope where he sent me letters, both talking about our relationship, and his terrorist friends. Omar shahin proceeded to send me to Ohio in the year 2005, to meet Muhammed amawe, Marwan El Hindi and Wassim Mazloum, whom I turned in. those friends of Omar Shahin were convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorism. I turned Omar Shahin in BEFORE 9/11 took place. Nobody sstopped him or the WTC bombers. I made tape recordings of this, and turned them over to Detective Ruble in Tucson, AZ, in the year 2000, and further tape recordings turned over to the Altoona, Iowa police, in February of 2003. They covered up for him. Omar Shahin claims to be both CIA and a covert christian with an adulterous church wife, who works "undercover" in mosques and islamic groups. If that is the case, then why did he help PLAN 9/11? If he is a spy for U.S. government, then he is guilty of treason and terrorism while using his job as a spy to kill Americans. Hello? I turned him in, and my life has been ruined because of it. If you would like any info, then contact me via my Facebook account, Wendy Davita Rosen, and I will send you the proof. Believe me, Omar Shahin is a terrorist.