A CIA Chief’s Willful Blindness on Jihad

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


John Brennan with Barack ObamaCIA director John Brennan is at it again—equivocating over the nature of jihad by evoking paradigms familiar to the West.

Last Tuesday, “during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the ‘war of ideas’ surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.”

The CIA chief responded by saying that al-Qaeda’s ideology is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an”; that “al-Qaeda has hijacked” Islam; that “they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.”

Even so, “that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda,” confirmed Brennan, “has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world.”

So what is the CIA chief’s explanation as to why such a “perverse and very corrupt” understanding of Islam—one that has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad”— resonates among Muslims?

He gives none—other than to say that this ideology is “fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so there—there are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.”

Interestingly, if you watch the video clip of Brennan talking, you will note that he only “you knows” in the above quotation (four times) and right before it, when he says that al-Qaeda has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad, you know, for violent purposes.”

The rest of his talk is relatively smooth.

Could Brennan be self-conscious of his own equivocations—hence all these stilted “you knows” in one sentence?

Could he be aware of the Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009?   It found that “Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.”

At any rate, this is all déjà vu.  Back in May 2010, I closely examined Brennan’s apologetics on jihad in an article that, in light of these recent remarks of his, is just as applicable today as it was nearly four years ago.  It follows:

Obama’s Top Counterterror Adviser’s Inability to Think Outside the Box Bodes Disaster

“The greatest hurdle Americans need to get over in order to properly respond to the growing threat of radical Islam is purely intellectual in nature; specifically, it is epistemological, and revolves around the abstract realm of ‘knowledge.’ Before attempting to formulate a long-term strategy to counter radical Islam, Americans must first and foremost understand Islam, particularly its laws and doctrines, the same way Muslims understand it—without giving it undue Western (liberal) interpretations. This is apparently not as simple as expected: all peoples of whatever civilizations and religions tend to assume that other peoples more or less share in their worldview, which they assume is objective, including notions of right and wrong, good and bad. …. [T]he secular, Western experience has been such that people respond with violence primarily when they feel they are politically, economically, or socially oppressed. While true that many non-Western peoples may fit into this paradigm, the fact is, the ideologies of radical Islam have the intrinsic capacity to prompt Muslims to violence and intolerance vis-à-vis the ‘other,’ irrespective of grievances…. Being able to understand all this, being able to appreciate it without any conceptual or intellectual constraints is paramount for Americans to truly understand the nature of the enemy and his ultimate goals.”

Such were the words that opened my testimony to Congress. One year later, none other than President Obama’s top counter-terror adviser, John Brennan, has come to personify the approach I warned against, that is, the misguided phenomenon of westernizing Islamic concepts.

A Fox New’s report, titled “Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as ‘Legitimate Tenet of Islam,’” has the details:

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.”

In other words, despite the fact that Islamists describe all their goals in “religious terms,” Brennan sees them as naught more than victims of the system. And why is that? Because Brennan believes that “political, economic and social forces”—the three I specifically stressed in my excerpt above—are the only precipitators to violence. So jihadis can openly articulate their violent bloodlust through religious terms all they want, it matters not: Brennan and his ilk have their intellectual blinders shut tight and refuse to venture outside the box.

Next, our counter-terror adviser evokes the perverse logic behind the administration’s recent decision to censor words offensive to Muslims (which I closely explored here):

Nor do we describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.

Inasmuch as he is correct in the first clause of that sentence—”jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community”—he greatly errs in the latter clause, by projecting his own notions of what constitutes “holy,” “legitimate,” and “innocent” onto Islam. In Islam, such terms are often antithetical to the Judeo-Christian/Western understanding. Indeed, the institution of jihad, according to every authoritative Islamic book on jurisprudence, is nothing less than offensive warfare to spread Sharia, a cause seen as both “legitimate” and “holy” in Islam.  Jihadis regularly seek to “purify” themselves and their communities by purging them of “infidels” and their influences.  As for “innocence,” by simply being a non-Muslim infidel, one is already guilty in Islam. Brennan understands the definition of jihad; he just has no clue of its application. So he is left fumbling about with a square peg that simply refuses to pass through a round hole.

Fox News continues:

Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network and “its terrorist affiliates.” But Brennan argued that it would be “counterproductive” for the United States to use the term, as it would “play into the false perception” that the “murderers” leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a “holy cause.”

Fine, do define the enemy as members of bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network and “its terrorist affiliates,” but do also define the cause that binds these “terrorist affiliates” together in the first place. Of course, one need only read their writings to know that they adhere to one and the same cause: the establishment of a hegemonic caliphate that governs the world according to Sharia. As for Brennan calling the terrorist affiliates “murderers,” would he also be willing to apply that epithet to their prophet Muhammad, who was wont to send assassins to, well, murder his critics, including poets and one old woman whose body was dismembered by her Muslim assailants—assailants who were no less convinced that they were involved in a “holy cause” than were the 9/11 hijackers?

It should be further noted that this tendency to project one’s own cultural norms and priorities onto others is the height of arrogance and ethnocentrism—precisely what liberals constantly warn against. Yet the irony is that “open-minded” proponents of cultural relativism are also the ones most prone to westernizing Islam. When Brennan insists that jihadis are really not motivated by religion but rather are products of “political, economic and social forces,” is this total dismissal of the “other” and his peculiar motivations (in favor of Western paradigms) not the epitome of cultural arrogance?

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  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    A false prophet is still a false prophet, regardless of whether his dangerous droppings are ‘distorted’ or not.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Let’s make this simple for our friends on the left (and for George W. Bush). Al Qaeda, and more generally Salafi Muslims, practice a bona fide variant of Islam. We can skip the contentious argument about which Islam is the right Islam that Muslims should follow. We can admit that not all Muslims follow this variant. But let’s face the facts.

    The so-called radicals have basis in history and text for their variant of the religion. Political Islam, or Islamism if you prefer, is no longer some obscure variant practiced by a few “Islamic hillbillies” in Afghanistan and a few malcontents in Egyptian jails. The majority in major Islamic nations (Egypt, Turkey, Algeria) have voted for islamist parties. It’s mainstream, period.

    We should all be able to agree that Islamism (political Islam, radical Islam, jihadism) is a bona fide variant if not the bona fide version. We can argue later about what other “aspirational variants” might one day dominate. But today, this is Islam … face the facts.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Uhm…I hate to rain on your parade, but there is only one form of Islam as opposed to another bona fide variant of Islam, and any Muslim that deviates from that one form of Islam is deemed to be blasphemous and an apostate from Islam, and blasphemy and apostasy in Islam are capital offenses. Indeed, the only radicals in Islam that exists — exist within the recesses of your own delusional mind — as all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that must be executed per the tenets of mainstream orthodox Islam (the only kind). As a matter of fact, there is no freedom of conscience in Islam for Muslims to choose not to wage jihad (holy war) or to even leave Islam, as Islam is not in actuality a true religion but a cult that masquerades as being a religion to dupe its intended victims, i.e., all true religions and all infidels. In fact, it is Muhammad’s revenge for being ousted from Mecca and being forced to migrate to Medina in 622 AD.

      Indeed, terms like Islamism and Islamists are gross distortions of reality and were created recently to hide the true reality of Islam by people like you that have been blinded by the cult of PC multiculturalism.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        Of course upon considering the texts and history one say say jihadists are correct in their understanding. However, few people will get that far. One can at least demand that they accept what they call Islamism is a bona fide variant of Islam. After agreeing that the Koran and Islamic traditions do play a rule in the modern jihadi movement, one can wonder about such fanciful notions as “reformist movements” or other speculative matters, if one wishes.

        There should be a minimum that we can expect all people to agree with: so-called Islamism is bona fide Islam and accepted as such by majorities in major Islamic countries. After that we can go further and entertain other claims but at a minimum we can reasonably expect everyone to face Islam as it is widely accepted and historically practiced.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Of course upon considering the texts and history one say say jihadists are correct in their understanding.

          Therefore, all Muslims are correct, since all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, otherwise they are deemed to be non-Muslim apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

          Apparently, like most people that have been duped by PC multiculturalism, you only consider violent jihad, which is almost universally mistranslated as being terrorism, as the sole problem emanating from Islam. Nevertheless, non-violent jihad that manifest through stealth and deception is not only astronomically far more prevalent relative to violent jihad, it is also astronomically far more dangerous, since it isn’t even recognized as being a threat by people like you that have been blinded through the cult of PC multiculturalism.

          One can at least demand that they accept what they call Islamism is a bona fide variant of Islam.

          I don’t know what you are smoking but there are no variants of Islam, as the texts of Islam, unlike in all true religions, emanates divinely, that is directly from Allah (God) as dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel, and as such is absolutely perfect and perfectly just. Thus, since it is the direct verbatim words of Allah (God) it can only be understood and taken in its most literal sense, and any person, Muslim or otherwise, seen as changing just one word of that sacred divine text will be executed almost instantly, as that would be a supreme act of blasphemy, as blasphemy in Islam is a capital offense. Thus, it is absolutely impossible for there to be any variants or for Islam to ever be reformed.

          so-called Islamism is bona fide Islam

          Again, so-called Islamism exists only within the recesses of your own delusional mind and in the minds of other people like you that have also been corrupted by the cult of PC multiculturalism the same way your mind has.

          • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

            Yo, you really don’t have an argument with me. My point is that we should be able to reasonably expect a minimum from everyone addressing the topic: jihad is Islamic, not some distortion of perversion. You want to say more and that’s fine. But those of us addressing the general public should insist on the minimum. Further education can proceeded once the audience is willing to open their minds and consider the full story in all its gory details.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You want to say more and that’s fine.

            All I want is to disseminate the truth and nothing but the truth, because only the truth will set us free.

          • hermit

            And do you think they stop and wash hands on the way back to the kitchen before doing your food in that fancy restaurant , being considerate and responsible to kafirs , following western rules and good practices , that’s not fulfilling the obligation to jihad . Who’s watching in the kitchens ?

        • Jake-a-runi

          I see you have stumbled into the rude child, or the other way around. Were you aware that “people like you” are responsible for cloaking “the true reality of Islam” because of your “blindness”?
          .
          Anytime the pundit withdraws his digits from his nostrils to apply them to a keyboard, you can expect insults.

      • victoryman

        I am still waiting to hear from what the state run media refers to as “Moderate muslims.”

      • bigjulie

        Interesting! So the “differences” between, say Suuni and Shia aren’t really differences at all, even though they might kill each other over said “differences”. Are you saying that both are “orthodox” Islam and that each sect considers itself to be the same as the other?
        “Gow Chaw!”

  • guest

    Yes, yes. But if religion is universally good, how can this be happening? Believing in a supreme being is supposed to make you a good person. So how could this be happening. The only requirement to be a Freemason is that you believe in a god, any god. It all falls down if what is actually happening is really happening. And of course it’s Bushes fault.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      You have a very gigantic hole in your very ludicrous argument, as Islam is not a religion. It’s a cult, a very totalitarian cult instead. And yes, Bush lied when he proclaimed Islam to be a so-called “religion of peace”.

    • CaoMoo

      Religion is not universally good. The bible even says that religion is not., Bible even says not all Christianity is good as there would be many apostates who would preach the teachings of men over the teachings of God. It was Paul or Peter who encouraged people to verify the things he taught were true and not to take his word for it.

    • CaoMoo

      I would agree that Bush does have alot of the blame at his feet for the whole “religion of peace TM” bologne.

    • tjke

      Islam isn´t a religion, it is an evil ideology a Twin ideology of nazism

  • Servo1969

    Sometimes I think Brennan lays out a prayer rug five times a day.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Brennan, who spent several years in Saudi Arabia, certainly talks like an apologetic for Islam. If he’s now a “believer” one would expect him to defend his newfound faith from criticism.

      • peterwurzbach

        I’ve read that while in Saudi Arabia, Brennan did, indeed, convert to Islam. Explains everything.

        • victoryman

          Right on target, sir.

      • Drakken

        I would be more concerned about how much cash the Saudi’s bought him for myself.

    • victoryman

      BINGO!

    • tjke

      And you are right, He is a muslim

  • Larry Larkin

    If he’s tripping over his tongue in specific part of the talk, and that part is demonstrably garbage, you know he’s lying.
    That’s a simple one that they teach everybody who ever has to do an interrogation as part of their duties. Whether that person is a law enforcement officer, military intelligence officer, human resources recruiter, school teacher, what ever.
    In other words, Brennan just out and out lied, knew he was lying, and just when on with it. If he doesn’t have the guts and integrity to stand up to the empty suit, he should resign.

    • tjke

      he is atraitor and he should be impeached but it is the divider in chief who appointed him to be CIA boss

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The CIA chief responded by saying that al-Qaeda’s ideology is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an”; that “al-Qaeda has hijacked” Islam; that “they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.”

    That’s utterly absurd! The teachings of Muhammad emanate directly from Allah (God) as was dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel and are therefore divine, and because it is divine it is absolutely perfect and perfectly just. Thus any mortal man perceived as changing just one word of it, i.e., the word of Allah (God), would be instantly charged with blasphemy and blasphemy is a capital offense in Islam. Indeed, the texts of Islam, because unlike in all other religions emanates directly from God and is considered to be divine, is only taken in the most literal sense.

    The truth is waging jihad (holy war) in the cause of Allah through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another, i.e, either violently, as in AQ, which constitutes a tiny minority of Muslims, or non-violently, via stealth and deception, which constitutes the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims. Otherwise, Muslims that refuse to wage jihad in one form or another either violently or non-violently, are deemed to be apostates and condemned to death.

    Indeed, astronomically far more jihad manifests today non-violently via stealth and deception relative to violently. As a matter of fact, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage throughout the infidel world is in reality non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the strategic purposes of infiltration and for eventual demographic conquest, and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad through mass Muslim infiltration with all of its excess baggage is astronomically far more detrimental to our sustained freedom relative to violent jihad, yet is totally ignored by not only John Brennan, who is the CIA chief, but all of our politicians on both sides of the political aisles as well, with the result being that we are in the process of being invaded with the full endorsement and official approval of our own federal government, and it just doesn’t get anymore insane than that.

    • Tradecraft46

      He has to say that to keep his job. The US is simply not ready to admit that Islam is a mortal enemy and needs attention.

      It is far easier to follow the Left and say:

      1. There is no real conflict, and saying so is the result of false consciousness.

      2. Well can manage events to our advantage.

      Well such beliefs have never worked but they do give the illusion of progress.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        He has to say that to keep his job.

        So he has to sell himself out and the American people at the same time to keep his job?

        The US is simply not ready to admit that Islam is a mortal enemy and needs attention.

        According to whom?

        • Tradecraft46

          Yes, they sell out all the time. It is quite the common practice. Remember Vietnam, or if you like Iraq>

          As to Islam, just check their press: their words, not mine.

          You might think before you write, right?

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You might think before you write, right?

            What? Were my questions too difficult? Never mind, you are a mentally handicapped moonbat!

          • Tradecraft46

            Look you were just waxing you carrot. You were trying to bloat on Islam and our leadership.

            The Israeli pay trolls these days: if someone is paying they should get a refund.

      • tjke

        Well everybody knows that he is a muslim but he tries to keep it secret. He converted to islam during his stay in Saudi Arabia many decades ago

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    How about the CIA ignoring the biggest sleeper cell in the world sitting right in them middle of 1600 Penn Ave. They know this idiot we have sitting right next to the “nuclear football” usurped the office of the Commander in Chief and they sit there in complete silence. Does that not make one sick to their stomach? The Secret Service who has been in business in keeping SECRETS about our perverted Presidents for decades. Here we have to supposedly highly respected agencies allowing a man to usurp the position of Commander in Chief over the most powerful military in the world. This is absolute insanity!! We have in place a cowardly Republican Party who up to this moment refuses to investigate the crimes and fraud committed by this usurper. I call them cowards because I know for a fact that they have been hand delivered enough evidence proving the crimes and the fraud and they still sit on their fannies occupying space. When the crap finally hits the fan many Republican politicians should be asked to leave with the Usurper in Chief and his radical administration. Clean up this sewer!!

    Operation American Spring – starting May 16th, 2014 in Washington DC.

  • barry David

    We are screwed with a big superman S!!

  • Kafir911

    It’s Islam, stupid!

    • hermit

      Stealth Jihad – what goes on out of sight and does anyone think they stop and wash their hands in the kitchen
      before doing your food in that fancy restaurant , being considerate and
      responsible to kafirs , following western rules and good practices ,
      that’s not fulfilling the obligation to jihad . Who’s watching in the
      kitchens ?

  • http://historyscoper.com/ T.L. Winslow

    Muslims know that govt. puppet Brennan is spouting moose hockey, and that the reason more Muslims don’t go jihadist is lack of faith. Yes, more and more Muslims know that Islam is moose hockey, and that Muhammad was a fraud, and have no intention of sacrificing themselves for him. Too bad, Muslims are just as afraid of each other as of us, but now they have the Internet as an equalizer, and hopefully there will soon come a great day when hundreds of millions will start tweeting that they’re apostasizing, and start dancing in the streets with Jews as Muhammad’s Great Jihad goes kaput. It won’t be the lame clueless U.S. govt. that causes the Great Muslim Apostasy, but the little guy using free speech on the Internet, but that won’t stop them from claiming credit :)

    • Horace Yo

      Yeah, with flowers and candy canes, puppy dogs, and ullulations and butterflies and white doves flying around them. Although I do admire an optimist.

    • Drakken

      The only way your going to show the muslims the error of their ways is by a good ole fashioned azz kicking. The muslims should be afraid of us infidels and what we are going to do to them if they keep waging jihad on us.

      • CaoMoo

        It worked with Shinto Japan in WWII

  • Horace Yo

    Islamic jihadis are their equivalent of Christian missionaries. Most Christians dont go be missionaries, but strongly support those who do. A majority of Muslims admire the Shahids who are martyred in the cause of ALLAH and strongly (but secretly when necessary) support them. Brennan sure acts like he secretly supports them, since he does little or nothing to stop them, and apologises for Islam every chance he gets. The whole Obama gang supports them. They called Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood jihadi a perpetrator of “workplace violence”. Now they will probably call pilot Zahari Ahmad Shah a perpetrator of “employee pilferage” for stealing the 777 in Malaysia.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Islamic jihadis are their equivalent of Christian missionaries

      Just curious…did your mother drop you on your head on purpose or was it an accident?

      • CaoMoo

        It was a purposeful accident.

        And yes dumbest idea for a comparison in a post 2014 candidate.

  • Man with two chins

    Spokeshole Brennan is simply stating Obama’s position just like Lurch Kerry and all the rest. That’s how they got their jobs to begin with.

    • victoryman

      …..with the aiding and abetting of the administration’s propaganda arm, the state run media.

  • victoryman

    The traitor Brennan is an Islamist. He should be running a halal meat market, not the CIA. A prime example is that the CIA (Supposedly) had no clue about the Crimea situation until it began. The denigration of what is left of our intelligence communities is all part of the plan to weaken our country to the point of no return. Just look at the names….Obama, Kerry, Hagel, Brennan, the serial liar, Clapper, the anti- American/anti- Semitic Samantha power at the UN, etc.

  • Drakken

    Islam is islam and Brennan is clueless or complicit, where ever islam goes the blood always flows, without exception and leftist fools like Brennan refuse to see islam for what it is.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Excellent – I would only modify one thing. It isn’t actually Western cultural arrogance behind the Left’s misunderstanding of Islam, it is the projection of their own Leftist cultural assumptions that leads them into error. To the Left, “oppression” means the capitalist “haves” are lording it over the “have-nots” and they assume this is what drives Muslim violence; they don’t understand that (1) “oppression” means being held down by the power of government, and (2) Islamists are driven not by oppression but by the determination to become the oppressors themselves.

  • sydchaden

    During the time that Brennan was being considered for appointment, it was reported that he may have converted to Islam during the period that he was stationed in the Middle East. Has that ever been determined to either be true or untrue?

    • tjke

      He has converted

  • pneville

    Don’t forget Mohammed in 627 AD slaughtered the Jewish men in Medina, stole their property, enslaved their wives and children and personally raped a Jewish widow that same evening. This is the example the Prophet set for his people.

  • bigjulie

    You might recall that the US Attorney who prosecuted the Blind Sheik did a lot of investigation to determine if the Blind Sheik and his followers were indeed prostituting the teachings of Islam resulting in the first bombing of the World Trade Center. The investigation gave birth to the best seller THE GRAND JIHAD. The author concluded that, indeed, the “teachings” were NOT prostituted and that the “teachings” did not bode well for the continuation of America as we know it because the end of Islam was to convert the entire planet to Islam, by any means necessary!
    The current leader of the US Regime was a Muslim for a long time before he “converted” to Christianity, under the gentle and benign teachings of Reverend Jeremiah (America’s chickens are coming home to roost) Wright.
    But the Holy Quran teaches that it is perfectly OK to lie when dealing with the Infidel if it is done in pursuit of the advance of Islam. So, we have good reason to doubt our leader’s “conversion” as a sincere change in belief, as it could as well be blessed deception to help convert America to Islam.
    Many of Abu Obama’s actions since his first term as President certainly have tended to play down any malevolent ends Islam might have for America. For example, calling the Ft. Hood massacre an example of “workplace violence” instead of what it really was, the end of a personal violent jihad, or his speech to the students in Cairo.
    Brennan is a typical Democrat apparatchik, and already knew what would be expected of him if he was going to keep his job, and he is doing it!

    • tjke

      He is still a muslim. If he “converted” then, it is a takiya(deceit, lie in order to promote islam)

  • Lanna

    Have we ever seen so many dumb leftwingers? Islamist perfidy, Western Naivety. Obama’s Cairo speech quotes the Koran, and Sura 9:119….and says “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth, but Sura 9:119 says nothing about speaking the truth, the word speaking is not in the text. The verse really translates as Fear Allah and be with the truthful. Sura 9 that Obama quotes from contains the most intolerant exhorations in all the Koran, which is all telling, Ambassador Christopher Stevens didn’t get it either, as many naïve westerners.

  • tjke

    but he is a boss of CIA : He is quite powerful and it is very dangerous to have a muslim as head of CIA

  • kevinstroup

    The 5th column (Marxist, anarchist, muslims, globalist) will be the death of this country.

  • Jillian Becker

    Brennan, if many reports on the subject are to be believed, is a Muslim, so of course he says these things. The wonder is why, when Islam is the enemy of America, and of the West in general, a Muslim heads the CIA.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    If, as some here claim, Brennan is a Muslim, then his motivation is obvious. If not a Muslim then perhaps he’s one of the clueless ones, though given his position and resume, that’s at best improbable. If he’s a leftist, then he knows the truth and like other leftists is using Islam in a partnership of convenience. Just as Islamists are using the left too.

  • nimbii

    Brennan’s problem is he is a Muslim convert himself.

  • TeamINFIDEL

    If we can’t even call out the “WHY?” (cult ideology called ISLAM) and the “WHO?” (“good” muslims) that we are fighting along with understanding that a “War on Terror” is their tactic or “HOW?”, then our idiotic PC self-deception will eventually defeat us!!

  • garyfouse

    The reports that Brennan converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia are strong enough that he should be asked. He has a right to his religion but I think given his position, the public has a right to know. As to his absurd statements, I realize he cannot speak the truth about Islam publicly. George Bush couldn’t either. However, he should not cross the line into deliberately putting out BS about it. This guy is very troublesome.

  • Jane Wegener

    John Brennan converted to Islam quite some time ago.