John Brennan and the Politics of Capitulation

It’s bad enough that John Brennan, President Obama’s national security deputy, thinks Gitmo jihadi recidivism is “not that bad.” But in his talk last week with Islamic law students at New York University, Brennan made even more reckless comments about our counterterrorism programs while pandering to one of the worst Muslim grievance-mongers and sharia peddlers in America.

During the question-and-answer session, Brennan welcomed a question from Omar Shahin. He identified himself as the head of the “North American Imams Federation.” What he didn’t mention was his role as the chief ringleader of the infamous flying imams. You remember them: They were the six Muslim clerics whose suspicious behavior — provocatively shouting “Allahu Akbar!” before boarding the plane, fanning out in the cabin before take-off, refusing to sit in their assigned seats, requesting seat-belt extenders, which they placed on the floor — led to their removal by a U.S. Airways crew in 2006.

In coordination with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Shahin and his radical delegation attempted to shake down the airline with a discrimination lawsuit and bully the citizen “John Does” who flagged the imams’ security-undermining behavior. CAIR mouthpiece Ibrahim Hooper blasted “anti-Muslim hysteria” by those who saw something and said something about the imams’ in-flight shenanigans. Shahin ranted in a teleconference strategy session in 2007 that, indeed, he and his cohorts were spoiling for the incident and planning to engineer “many, many cases” to sabotage airline security efforts.

As head of the Islamic Center of Tucson in Arizona (home to past jihadi dry-run plotters), Shahin preached that his followers must put Islamic sharia law above Western laws. He told the Arizona Republic that he doubted Muslims were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, concluding: “All of these, they make it up.” Brennan didn’t appear to know who Shahin was. Somebody around him should have briefed him. Shahin’s involvement in Hamas-linked charities and radical Wahhabi “youth groups” has earned the Jordanian-born naturalized citizen increased FBI scrutiny over the years.

Instead, Brennan treated him as just another innocent Muslim with “reasonable” concerns about the government.


“We came to this country to enjoy freedom,” Shahin began with faux, flag-waving emotion.

“We feel that since September 11, we aren’t enjoying these values anymore. … Also, we feel that there’s a big lack of trust between Muslims’ community and our government. … My question: Is there anything being done by our government to rebuild this trust?”

Instead of countering the narrative, exposing Shahin’s true intentions and vigorously defending America’s homeland security apparatus, Brennan dutifully genuflected to the gods of political correctness. Obama, he told the militant 9/11 inside-job theorist and jihad white-washer, is “determined to put America on a strong course.”

No, not a “strong course” that includes national security profiling of Islamic radicals pretending they care about our country’s best interests. By “strong course,” Brennan assured Shahin, he meant a course toward assuaging the civil rights groups who have objected to every security program at airports, borders, train stations and visa offices for the past nine years.

Brennan told Shahin that the post-9/11 response of the Bush administration was a “reaction some people might say was over the top in some areas” (insert indignant grievance-monger nodding and mmm-hmming here), and that “in an overabundance of caution, (we) implemented a number of security measures and activities that upon reflection now we look back, after the heat of the battle has died down a bit, we say they were excessive, OK.”

It gets worse: Brennan then went on to decry the “ignorant feelings” of Americans outraged at the jihadi attacks on American soil. And then he told Shahin and the audience of Muslim students that he “was very concerned after the attack in Fort Hood as well as the December 25 attack that all of sudden there were people who went back into this fearful position that lashed out not thinking through what was reasonable and appropriate.”

The Fort Hood jihadist slaughtered 14 innocent soldiers and an unborn baby after an Army career of openly threatening the lives of our soldiers, and Brennan is wringing his hands about the rest of us “lashing out” over government incompetence. He believes our true sin is not in the systemic underreacting by the military, homeland security, intel and White House officials in charge, but in the “overreacting” of the American public.

With clueless capitulationists like Brennan in charge of our safety, who needs enemies?

  • stepman

    When will Our People truly awaken to the fact that the only desire of radical Islamists, and Shahin is a radical Islamist, is the implementation of sharia law and world dominance of Islam. As a Catholic, we are taught Church Doctrine and Cannon Law. Should that law be governed over us? I think NOT! We choose to follow the teaching of the Bible and Our Brother Christ, knowing that in the end, it will be what we did, not what laws we followed. Naturally, if we do well, the law is followed. Our faith teaches us to be humble and tolerant of ALL people. There is no distinction between Catholic and not Catholic people. They, including the Muslim faith, are ALL God's children. Do I believe in my heart that the day will come when Islam is NOT trying to dominant? Unfortunately I do NOT see that day arriving until the Day of Redemption, when ALL will be judged for their acts of love and tolerance. Again, THE TEACHING OF ISLAM IS WORLD DOMINANCE. The destruction of Our way of life. The WAR continues, ever since the Muslims where set back in 1000, they are rising again. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • Stephen D.

    Good job Ms. Malkin. Brennan saying that 20% recidivism of Jihadists is “not that bad” is bad enough to demand that he step down or be forcebly removed from his post. I think his actions (inactions) boarders on “aiding and abeting and giving comfort to the enemy.” This makes him a traitor! Perhaps charges can be filed? A record of all of those that fail to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” should be kept and charges brought against them when the dust settles. Regardless of orders from their bosses, they are duty bound to protect the Constitution. We should remind them of this in no uncertain terms.

  • dude911

    why they hold up such a feigned insult that the west distrusts and dislikes them is ridiculous…go to a country where sharia is enforced….look at all the religions that are not muslim…look at the dhimmi….the citizens that pay jitzya for thier safe conduct among muslims…look at the tens of millions of non muslims that have fled islamic nations over the last century….and try to figure it out…why we distrust them…its not hard…

  • Roguewave

    Why does no one ever mention the Muzzie ambush and murder of the army recruiter in Arkansas when recounting Jihadist attacks in this country?

    • MarkTapson

      That frustrates me too, Rogue…

  • jacob

    This "Administration" is the biggest collection of pinkos, if not outright communists and morons ever seen in this country.

    First it is the know-all MESSIAH apologizing to the Arabs in Cairo for American misdeeds, which I would like to publicly emplace him to enumerate and explain in what do they consist of and what was the reason for his braying….

    So now it is this BRENNAN opening his trap, who seems to be conected to his….rather than his brain and putting his hoof in mouth every time he says anything.

    Aren't there Congresspeople patriotic enough to tell the Messiah to get rid of him, once and for all, as well as his other supergenius HOLDER, the inventor of Mirandazing red-handed caught terrorists ?????

  • BS1977

    Read Ann Coulter's column about terrorist thugocracy Iran….she makes hash out of the typical leftist lumpenproles like K Olbermann and all the rest of those hack propagandist "journalists". Michelle Malkin, Melanie Phillips, Brigitte Gabriel….real heroes these days. Ann COulter is at the top of her form. Brennan is a fool; I was shocked listening to this bozo glibly assert a 20% recidivism rate for terrorist murderers was acceptable. The terror vermin do not need short prison terms and rehabilitation classes….they need to be eliminated. Just like KSM. Eliminated. Hasta La Vista Baby.

  • John C. Davidson

    I feel rather sorry for Mr. Brennan, he has to stutter a lot. We've got an editor with the same name at our local newspaper who just stays in his office with his bottle of bourbon nearby.

  • AntiFascist18

    This guy Brennan is an idiot, and so is so-called "General" Jimmie Jones.

    I don't know who's worse – Benedict Arnold or these two incompetents.

  • Politics

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools and his court of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president .

  • BS1977

    Many in this Administration are appeasers, apologists, incompetents, stallers and opportunists…waiting to see what the other fellow does before reacting…waiting for approval before deciding what course to take….amoral Kafkaesque bureaucrats behave like this…..since they have no lines in the sand, no ultimate beliefs or standards….it's all wishy washy whatever…….

    • USMCSniper

      The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

      The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools and his court of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president .

      • John C. Davidson

        Too many people entrusted the news media to look out for them. Therein lies another problem which is being addressed. The only problem will be if the liberals give them (NYT primarily) our money to continue the charade.

      • Bob

        So very well stated…so very accurate my comrade in arms. As a WW2 Navy corpsman (pronounced core man), for the Commander in Chief's benefit, my age is such that I have memories of our past USA. BO represents the culmination of many of the bizarre beliefs and behavior that has overtaken our country, with more coming! Changes that are destroying the foundation(s) that have made this nation unique and great. Most historians indicate the change began in the 60's. BO, and many political leaders are but a reflection of this erosion of our

      • davarino

        Very good Sniper. That is why I think the real battleground is reforming our educational system.

  • guest

    everything that gives this pathetic religious fascism more flexibilty to spread and conquer unopposed, the more impossible it is going to be to uproot it when the knife reaches the necks of the bastards and wimps with no honor and no brains that are ruling the west and USA these days. they only see their pockets and care not about the millions of innocents that will be brainwashed or subjugated in the future to the islamist apartheid terror reign that will happen by terror or deceit or both as is already showing in holland france australia england and wimpy spain. people if you cherish your freedoms then wake up and do something. it is a crime for the wimps and ideologues with no brains to sit and flap their silly tongues while europe succumbs to sharia little by little, while the middle east is gobbled up by islamists even in "allied" nations such as egypt jordan saudi iraq and many others. it is a crime for feminists ,noisy as they are to zip it when it comes to islamic suppression and terror against females including mutilation. it is disgusting when gays noisy and aggressively proud of their silly pride to sit speechless facing sharia which condemns them all to execution from a high place or by bisecting their head with an axe or whatever. It is morally insane for the media to bend over to accept islamic supremacy all over yet howl and bray when other supremacist one millionth as vicious as islamists utter say the "n" word. my god everyone is either crazy or a wimp in denial.

  • foxmuldar

    Whenever we hear such nonsence from Brennen, we must realize who he speaks for. The hate America, love the muslims asshole in the white house. Its no wonder the Assholes numbers keep falling. The White house if full of A holes, From the top on down. Communist sympathiser Eric the ACLU card carrying Holder, to his Bail out the banks and their buddies at GS, Geithner, and Bernanke. I can only hope some day Brennan comes close enough to a suicide bomber. Perhaps one of those Gitmo detainees he is ok with letting go back to the battlefield.

    • John C. Davidson

      It's sad, but maybe those bums got a wake-up call today.

  • marat

    Yes, the man in the White House is the man I used to call "The Cardboard Candidate." It is hard to imagine America surviving another 3 years of him and his handlers. The only comfort to this disaster to me is that masses and masses of the U.S. public have slowly awakened and have his number. The them song of those opposed to this buffoon should be the Beatle's "I'm Looking Through You." He bows to Saudi royalty, he does what he can to weaken Israel's security, refuses to use the word "Muslim" in the same sentence as "Terrorist" and has only two talents I can see: Rhetoric (and lousy at that) and trying to "look presidential." He and his insiders are desperate now to bring the Beast back to life, but they will fail. They have few convictions other than that the American people are just too stupid to understand the wisdom of their non-agendas. Obama will be remembered for allowing Iran to obtain a Nuclear Arsenal without being challenged. He is incapable of confronting anyone. How did so many fools get suckered by this sad individual???

  • bubba4

    Earlier this month in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Brennan used that figure and pointed out about the 20 percent recidivism rate that "all of these cases relate to detainees released during the previous administration and under the prior detainee review process. The report indicates no confirmed or suspected recidivists among detainees transferred during this administration, although we recognize the ongoing risk that detainees could engage in such activity."

    Shayana Kadidal of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights challenged that figure, saying that his organization believes fewer than half a dozen former Guantanamo detainees have gotten involved in "any criminal activity."

    Brennan stood by the figure, calling the assessment "very rigorous," though he acknowledged it's "very difficult to get precise figures" on recidivism.

    "People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, say 'Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity,'" Brennan said. "You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn't that bad."

    Michelle they have a word for you do….