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April 30, 2008

State Department And Homeland Security Choose To Fly Blind In The War On Terror

Topics: War on Terror

Last week the AP reported that the Bush administration has launched a ridiculous and naive front in the war on terrorism (my description - not the AP's), this time targeting language. Federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counter Terrorism Center, do not want people to describe Islamic extremists as "jihadists" or "mujahedeen," or "Islamo-fascism." In other words, Don't call jihadists - jihadists any more. Don't call Islamo-fascists - Islamo-fascists, and don't call the Islamic terrorist group - a terrorist group, and don't call the al-Qaida movement - a movement. By doing so the Bush administration endorsed the vocabulary pushed by pushed by the jihadists that live inside America - the Islamic organizations identified by the Justice Department as being directly tied to terrorism (Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North American, Muslim American Society, the Institute for International Islamic Thought, et al.).

Patrick Poole puts this into perspective:

Imagine that following the bombing of Peal Harbor in December 1941, that FDR had prohibiting the use of the terms "Nazi" or "Japanese Imperialism" due to pressure brought to bear by German and Japanese-American lobbying groups. Or at the height of the Cold War that the US government had determined to ban the use of "Soviet" or "communism" for fear of offending the sensibilities of Russian-Americans or European socialists.

Yet that is precisely what has happened following the revelation last week by the Associated Press that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security has issued guidelines banning the use of "jihad", "mujahedeen" and other Islamic terminology with reference to Islamic terrorism. This move lays bare the ideological prison house of political correctness in which our top policymaker's reside. The strictures are so ridiculous that even President Bush can't help himself in violating the guidelines.

No one can claim in defense of this move that it has been rooted in years of serious study and assessment of the issue at the highest levels of government. If so, where might these studies and assessments be found? What series of government publications outlines the strategic threat doctrine of our enemy in the War on Terror, similar to that prepared on Soviet doctrine in the early years of the Cold War? What comprehensive doctrinal assessment may our military and political leaders consult to inform themselves on the tactics and strategy of our enemy? Such does not exist, and the adoption of the government's new "lexicon" is an admission that such a strategic threat assessment of our enemy will not be done. This new effort means that in essence we have chosen to fly blind in the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

The categorical failure of our political leadership nearly seven years after 9/11 to engage in even the slightest effort to assess exactly who the enemy is and how they propose to attack and defeat us borders on treason. What could possibly represent the complete abdication of responsibility by our political leaders than deliberately avoiding addressing this pressing, and for our men and women in uniform a life-and-death, issue?

So on what basis have our public officials made this recent decision? This new effort is being driven by politics, not public safety, as demonstrated by the fact that such pandering measures adopted by the British government which the State Department guidelines appear modeled after have completely failed to abate the terrorist threat there. And it reveals that our national security policy is being determined more by public affairs officials driven by political correctness than sober reflection by our nation's intelligence, military and law enforcement personnel.

No one can claim in defense of this move that it has been rooted in years of serious study and assessment of the issue at the highest levels of government. If so, where might these studies and assessments be found? What series of government publications outlines the strategic threat doctrine of our enemy in the War on Terror, similar to that prepared on Soviet doctrine in the early years of the Cold War? What comprehensive doctrinal assessment may our military and political leaders consult to inform themselves on the tactics and strategy of our enemy? Such does not exist, and the adoption of the government's new "lexicon" is an admission that such a strategic threat assessment of our enemy will not be done. This new effort means that in essence we have chosen to fly blind in the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Continue reading: Flying Blind in the War on Terror

Political correctness run amuck and beyond? Indeed, by endorsing the guidelines proposed by the jihadists that live openly in our midst, the Bush administration has embraced the ridiculous, naive, and dhimmitudious assumptions that what's good for our enemy, is good for us, that we can conquer Islamic terrorism and convince jihadists to love us - if only we speak kindly to them or pretend they aren't what they are, and that people in the Muslim world will be influenced by what non-Muslim authorities say about Islam; yet, clearly, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to warrant these assumptions. As Robert Spencer writes, "In reality, jihadists routinely claim "moral and religious legitimacy," and that has to be confronted, not ignored."

Related: They Are Jihadists - "... the President measured the dubious cost of "glamoriz[ing] terrorism" against the deadly cost of inaccuracy. For a man usually tortured in his effort to find the right word, he came through admirably." (Video)

Posted by Richard at April 30, 2008 8:42 AM



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