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December 15, 2011

'The Obama Defense Department: Headquarters of the Willfully Blind'

Topics: Political News and commentaries

As Andrew C. McCarthy suggests at NRO, if you really want to know why Maj. Nidal Hassan was able to carry out a jihadist attack at Fort Bragg, one of the most fortified targets imaginable; if you want to understand why, despite months of neon signs that he was a jihadist, Hassan was able to murder 13 United States soldiers and support personnel; then look no further than this video clip featuring the testimony of Paul Stockton, President Obama's Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense & America's Security Affairs (cluelessly spewing the administration's line) at a House hearing on threats to our military. He's unable to bring himself to even utter the word "Islamist," much less admit the undeniable fact that Muslim terrorists are motivated by Islamist ideology:

The nonsensical willful blindness exhibited by Stockton continues to be the line of the Obama adminstration, despite the fact that leading experts have warned the administration that it should recognize Islamism as "the key ideological driver" behind the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups, and prioritize an effort to combat the ideology

McCarthy goes on to aptly point out that Stockton's testimony glaringly reflects the Obama philosophy that we cannot even hint that an interpretation of Islam -- drawn literally from Islamic scriptures -- is the force motivating our enemies.

Even though this is unquestionably true, to say so, to acknowledge it in any way, would mean, according to administration thinking, that we are at war with Islam itself -- with all 1.4 billion Muslims, including the hundreds of millions who do not subscribe to this interpretation. Unwilling to entertain the possibility that the enemy has a coherent, knowable doctrine -- which is a powerful catalyst precisely because it draws credibly (not inarguably but credibly) on scripture -- we have forfeited the natural right to defend ourselves and the troops who make it possible for us to live freely.

This is criminal recklessness. It is idiocy beyond description, so I should just stop trying to describe it. Watch it in all its jaw-dropping ignominy. Three and a half minutes -- although it will take you longer than that because you'll need to watch it a few times in order to come to grips with the fact that it's not a parody but the real thinking of top officials in the Defense Department and throughout the administration.

This is the same administration that put blinders on our law enforcement and national security communities by pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

Related: Obama Administration Bans Knowledge of Islam

Posted by Hyscience at December 15, 2011 8:00 AM

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