Obama’s Benghazi Investigator: An Iran Sympathizer

The freshly appointed chairman of a federal investigation into the Benghazi massacre is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

And to add insult to injury, at press time Tuesday evening the chairman of this new State Department panel, former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, was poised to participate in a panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia.”

The news comes on the heels of a new report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that found that “scores” of known radical Islamists met with senior Obama administration officials during hundreds of visits to the White House.

Pickering’s appointment as probe chairman was announced in the Federal Register on October 4. The State Department “Accountability Review Board” headed by Pickering is tasked with examining the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, and security personnel Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The problem is that Pickering has ties to the pro-Iran Islamist front group known as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). NIAC lost an important defamation case in federal court last month in which it unsuccessfully argued the group was not a tool of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pickering is a member of the advisory board of NIAC. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from May 1997 through the end of 2000, according to a 2009 report titled “Rise of the Iran Lobby,” by Clare M. Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. He’s also vice chairman of international consultancy, Hills & Co., and co-chairman of the board of directors of the International Crisis Group (whose executive committee includes George Soros).

“Ambassador Pickering’s positions on Iran include calls for bilateral talks without preconditions and a plan for a multinational uranium enrichment consortium in Iran,” Lopez writes. “Iran has proposed a similar plan to the UN Security Council. Ambassador Pickering advocates a process leading to mutual diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States.”

“U.S. national security policy is being successfully targeted by Jihadist entities hostile to American interests,” she writes. One of these groups, NIAC, is involved in “a de facto partnership” with its better known but more notorious jihadist ally “the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other organizations serving as mouthpieces for the mullahs’ party line.”

This network “includes well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world.” NIAC and its predecessor group, the American-Iranian Council, have long “functioned openly as apologists for the Iranian regime.”

CAIR is an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood and was named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 and 2008 Holy Land Foundation trials.

The panel discussion featured Pickering, Arab American Institute president James J. Zogby, American Association for Muslim Advancement executive director Daisy Khan, and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative.

Khan and Rauf are prime movers behind the proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

Khan is known for her over-the-top attacks on those who question the wisdom of building a Muslim holy site so close to the place where nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in an Islamist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Asked in 2010 if America was “Islamophobic,” Khan replied that “It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia — it’s hate of Muslims,” she said.

Of course use of the word “Islamophobia” is a tool of intimidation, calculated to silence the so-called Islamophobe.

If one fears Islamist ideology as an irredentist, imperialist, totalitarian force, one is rational. “Phobia” implies that one who fears or is skeptical of the intentions of Muslims is mentally unbalanced. The term is used the same way American leftists use the word “racist” to shut down debate.

While two George Soros-funded nonprofits, the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America, are working overtime to try to convince Americans that this make-believe mental illness of Islamophobia is a threat to American democracy and pluralism, the embattled Obama administration has been in damage control mode for weeks as the president’s foreign policy aimed at appeasing totalitarian Islamic theocrats collapses. The administration has been sucking up to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a 57-state (56 sovereign states and the Palestinian Authority) group that considers itself the Caliphate reborn.

Americans’ civil rights and political correctness are weapons of infiltration used by our Islamofascist enemies. Just like our Soviet Communist enemies during the Cold War, Islamists are using Americans’ goodness and their sense of fair play, including an aversion to being accused of racial stereotyping, against America.

Hard data do not support claims that Islamophobia exists in the United States.

As Jonathan S. Tobin wrote in Commentary last year: “the notion of a rising wave of hatred against Muslims is unsupported by any statistical research.”

“When you consider that Muslims claim to have about the same number of adherents in this country as Jews and that anti-Jewish crimes have always far outnumbered those committed against Muslims, the media hysteria about Islamophobia is exposed as a big lie. But even if there are fewer Muslims here than their groups claim, the conclusion is unchanged.”

And there is credible evidence that Obama, who told the UN last month that “the future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” is sympathetic to Islamists’ increasingly vocal demands for Saudi-style anti-blasphemy laws.

So, apparently, is Ambassador Pickering, which makes him unfit to head any probe of what happened last month in Benghazi, Libya.

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  • Chezwick

    Gee, I wonder if Pickering will exonerate the Administration from all responsibility?

  • Rick

    Someone should champion the question “What role can the faith community play in fighting Christophobia?”

  • pierce

    No wonder this administration has no answer for their ineptness in handling the Libyan fiasco. An Iranian sympathizer, umph. Well, lets face it Barack has no clue as to what he is doing. Just listen to the untruths coming out of his mouth. Just how dumb can the American people be if they believe his garbage.
    Our President is a DISGRACE.

    • Phosgood

      "Barack has no clue as to what he is doing"

      I disagree with you strongly. I know he knows EXACTLY what he is doing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deeneann.ford Deene Ann Ford

    defeat the parasites in House and Senate who have allowed Obama to get away with everything he has done . Lord Have Mercy on our country…we have already been defeated within by all these appointees. To watch Obama lie is chilling. How many in our country still vote for him tells us the state of our nation and how it loses it's sovereignity.

  • Penny Haulman

    Allah,the deceiver, must have many in his camp to keep their bloody lie afloat. Unfortunately those representing We The People had the wool pulled over their eyes for so long, it’s no wonder they all stick together. America, Bless GOD, give goodness Power; vote for civilized men. Not those who deceive you with even their eligibility to hold the office of President. Obama is not a Natural Citizen. His Afrikaner Kenyan Terrorist daddy had to be born an American for his son Obama to hold office. He was not. Plea GODs Presence On this earth. We will hear only good cleansing answers and see good results. Let GOD who IsReal accomplish through us. Nothing is impossible when CREATORs Presence is asked for. Ask!

  • patsjc

    It's time for America to wake up and realize the dangers of Radical Islam and the infiltration in our government of jihadists. If we don't wake up soon us women will be in burkas walking 3 steps behind our man.

  • Moishe Pupick

    W., 10/24/12 common era

    America is being subverted from within. Barry Soetoro & Company want to "bring it all down, man." May G-d bless and protect both America and Israel.

  • Choi

    Pickering was U.S. Ambassador to Israel a couple of decades or so ago.
    During that posting he FOUGHT AGAINST Israel's policy of deporting Palestinian TERRORISTS.
    This new surfacing of Pickering ,Iran's friend,is UNWELCOME news ,but par for the Obama Administration.
    In 13 days we can assure that his will be a SHORT "assignment".

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Vadum's smear piece on Thomas Pickering flies in the face of the fact that Pickering has a 40 year career in the Foreign Service, was made Ambassador to El Salvador and Israel by Ronald Reagan, and was appointed by George H.W. Bush as Ambassador to the UN with near full Senate unanimity, and ranks above James Baker. Boeing Corporation trusted him to be the Vice President for International Relations.

    According to Mr. Vadum's logic, Reagan, Bush, and Boeing Corporation are Islamist sympathizers as well.

    • Guest

      Money corrupts! Look at former President Carter. Palestinians can do no wrong and Israel can do no right!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Money corrupts! Look at former President Carter. Palestinians can do no wrong and Israel can do no right!"

        I'm sure all that money is just for Habitat for Humanity. How can you suggest that the Saudis would expect to influence the politics of Islam against Israel? How dare you make such Islamophobic suggestions about these fine men and their fine peaceful religion. Don't you know it was the Muslims who led us to the moon?

        I'm sure we can expect infinite more inventions and advancements for civilization from the Saudis and the people they fund.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "According to Mr. Vadum's logic, Reagan, Bush, and Boeing Corporation are Islamist sympathizers as well."

      Only if you deflate time.

  • Drakken

    Oh look! Sub Human siding with the islamic savages, who woulda thunk it? Effing traitor!

  • twg2a PitBull

    "In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known." ~Thomas Pickering

    “We believe we have developed a relationship with Russia that can sustain controversy, differences and difficulties, however sharp they may become,” ~Thomas Pickering

    “there are no signs of stress in the financial sector.” ~Thomas Pickering

    Yeah, can't wait to see what that anti-American, pro-islam deceiver has to say about the Benghai terrorist attack and murder of obama's diplomats and Americas Navy SEAL's

  • Toecutter

    God hates us all.

    • Galveston

      speak for yourself jerk

  • watsa46

    Islamophobia is an improperly used term. It assumes that something is wrong with the Islamophobe rather than Islam!!!
    Therefore the Muslims must love this. It takes literally Islam off the hook.
    Muslim extremists want to be considered as victims (which is a lie) in order to demand advantages denied to everybody else

    • califgal

      The Muslims DO love this–the term comes from the Muslim Brotherhood itself, part of their subversive MO. Watch Glenn Beck's "The Project" and you'll find out more.

  • Arius

    When I think that it can't get any worse with the Obama regime, it gets worse!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What else can Obama do but call on the same old same old falsehood bearing trolls of
    leftist instability, Pickering is a disgrace and anti-American rodent. Obama has no intention
    of doing anything that would reveal the truth of his malignant advocacy of Islamatic
    sovereignty. The question is will Obama be outed as having known beforehand that
    the attack was on the way and all of the demonstrations in the Muslim World were to
    give him cover for the ludicrous double game he plays. Why were Clinton and Biden
    with him during this dispicable atrocity of denial of the evil of the position he has put
    the Ambassador in. Obama's denial of terrorism existing, his defeat of it but only in
    his inflated psychotic persona creates reality rather than what plays out in real time.
    As with all leftists, truth changes according to what they want believed, not what is
    real. A bit of truth, Obama has none, nor Clinton, nor Biden nor the rest of their
    Criminal Administration………………………….William

  • SAM000

    Apart a few of the posters, you take the Benghazi attack as a fanatic Islamic terrorism and the NOMINATION of Pickering a failure of Obama's administration.

    This is very simplistic and Childish conclusion.

    From 1979 till now, The Iranian terrorism was always based on the precise political reasons, but the interest of the Mullahs was always guaranteed to hidden their terrorism under the religious and Islamic color.

    And they have succeeded, If you take the Mullahs Terrorism for 1,2 Billions of Muslim Terrorism, you will lose and ignore the very dangerous threats behind, and this is what the Mullahs of Iran want.

    Behind the Benghazi attack and the Nomination of " Pickering" there is a direct relationship.
    "Pickering" is the CLEANER or MONSIEUR PROPER.

    In the MAFIA world, the "MONSIEUR PROPER" is a system which is commissioned by the MAFIA after the crime to clean up and to remove all the signs and proves of the crime before the arrival of the POLICE.

    The attach of Benghazi was inevitable by the Mullahs and their allies in the US ADMINISTRATION,
    You should look at the other side, WHAT THE EMBASSY STAFFS HAD DISCOVERED TO BRING THEM TO DEATH?
    This is the KEY QUESTION.
    Don't lose your time on ISLAMOPHOBIA or Islamism and so, this is beyond these kind of religious considerations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    Obama's favorable attitude toward Islam is difficult to deny in the face of his favors for Islamists. The Obama treatment of the Benghazi murders and the destruction of the Embassy makes it impossible for doubters to deny he is a Muslim. I don't know whether he actually is a Muslim or not, but to deny the facts of his preference for Muslims is no longer possible after Benghazi. Obama should be thrown out of office for what he did!
    Marvin Fox

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    Obama's favorable attitude toward Islam is difficult to deny in the face of his favors for Islamists. The Obama treatment of the Benghazi murders and the destruction of the Embassy makes it impossible for doubters to deny he is a Muslim. I don't know whether he actually is a Muslim or not

  • toledofan

    One thing is for sure, no matter how you frame this Obama lied, Hillary lied and a whole host of others lied as well. It's clear that the mainstream media has been compliciant trying to protect Obama and for what ever reason, they just don't want to accept that this is a big deal. In comparison to Watergate and Iran Contra, Benghazi is huge and clearly shows not only the lack of leadership, the lack of character, and the possible diengagement of the President because his re-election is the only thing he cares about and this is who people want to be in chargwe for the next four years?

  • mlcblog

    Well, isn't this just perfect??!

  • LEE

    Look everyone, let's vote Obama out of office to insure we will continue to exist. At the rate Obama is trying to convert this country to islam we all must vote him out. Otherwse we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  • Ray Silipino

    People!, People!, People, Not only do we have to vote Obama out… all of his Czars need their walking papers alond with his Health Care Plan.

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