“Establishment” Republicans: Islamists’ Butt-kissers or Boot-lickers?

Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism [IPT] is the producer of the hit 1994 PBS special “Terrorists Among Us: Jihad in America” (Updated post-9/11 version). Given below are links to Mr. Emerson’s pre-9/11 testimony before both houses of Congress that may be found, along with the rest of his testimony and that of other IPT contributors, here. I read numbers 7 through 10 shortly after 9/11, and it is upon this foundation that I have built my current opinions of radical Muslim activities in and against the United States. Especially informative is no. 7, “Foreign Terrorists in America: Five Years After the WTC Bombing“.

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  1. Terrorism in Buenos Aires, Panama, London
    The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on International Security, International Organizations and Human Rights
  2. Africa and the Middle East, The Expanding Threat of Terrorism
    The U.S. House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Africa
  3. Hamas, the PLO, and Terrorist Attacks Against Israel
    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations
  4. Origins and Activities of Hamas in the U.S.
    The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Near East and South Asia
  5. Syrian Terrorism and US Policy
    The U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Commitee
  6. Terrorism, Sudan and US Counter-Terrorist Policy
    The Senate Foreign Relations Commitee, Subcommittee on African Affairs
  7. Foreign Terrorists in America: Five Years After the WTC Bombing
    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Government Information
  8. Tehran and Terrorism: Iran Under President Muhammad Khatami
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Near East and South Asia Affairs
  9. The Operations of Terrorist Networks in the US and Canada
    The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
  10. Classified Information to Prevent the Presence of Terrorists
    The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

In his testimony, Mr. Emerson names individuals and organizations associated with or directly involved in radical Islamist activities in the U.S. and the Middle East. Included among these is the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR which was among those embraced by the Bush Administration immediately after 9/11 in an effort to constrain potential backlash against American Muslims. Why President Bush found CAIR to be an appropriate group for this purpose is beyond me. Whether Bush was aware of CAIR’s associations or merely acted upon the recommendations of Republican insiders such as Grover Norquist, who is married to a Muslim woman, I have no notion. And if there really are any “moderate Muslims” in the U.S., I can fully appreciate why they might be reluctant to speak up when organizations such as CAIR are already inside the White House and pandered to by the FBI.

I am emphasizing Steve Emerson’s Congressional testimony because all the work he did and the information he thereby provided was essentially and “officially” tossed out after 9/11 as irrelevant.  If there’s anything one should take away from the volumes of testimony prior to 9/11 by Mr. Emerson and others, it’s that the Islamist leopards are quite unlikely to change their spots. They’ve been at this game for a very long time, are dedicated and highly motivated, and have little compunction about declaring their intentions . . . at least in Arabic. Just ask MEMRI. So it just astonishes me that there are those, i.e., Senator John McCain, who still insist on carrying water for those who desire and intend to establish themselves as the primary moral force in America.

Senator McCain’s latest bloviation involves his criticism of Rep. Michele Bachmann and other Republicans for their concerns regarding the influence that the Muslim Brotherhood may have within Hillary Clinton’s State Department. And from whence would such influence propagate? The Secretary’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, has family members, including her mother, closely associated with the Brotherhood. Nothing to be concerned about there, right?

Lined-up in support of Ms. Bachmann are Robert Spencer and Andrew Bostom at FrontPageMag.com along with Andrew McCarthy at the National Review. McCain prodders include the usually suspect Huffington Post and Daily Beast. There’s even been a threat against Ms. Abedin that’s prompted increased security on her behalf provided by the FBI. Oh, my!

In a country with 5 percent of the world’s population and 50 percent of the world’s attorneys, everything seems to turn on “proof” and “evidence” and not just a reasonable facsimile thereof. Paul Mirengoff at Power Line had this to say about the Bachmann/Abedin/McCain kerfuffle and a “problem” with the Congresswoman’s letter to the State Department:

But Bachmann presents no evidence showing that State Department policy is the product of Muslim Brotherhood influence. The only evidence she offers is the fact that Abedin has a position of influence and that members of her family are connected to the Brotherhood. This is insufficient because it assumes that Abedin shares the sympathies and views of family members. It’s possible that she does, but that ought not be assumed.

Mr. Mirengoff wouldn’t happen to be an attorney, would he? :)

I think a peek at what some of what Bill Gertz had to say in last week’s “Inside the Ring” may help clear things up a bit:

U.S.-Egypt alliance

Reports from Egypt indicate that the Obama administration has entered into a covert alliance with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Egyptian news reports and commentary and at least one Egyptian official were quoted this week in reports as saying the Brotherhood and its leader, Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi, made the alliance after a meeting earlier this month between Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and following comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Egyptian presidential election results.

The covert deal is said to involve U.S. support for Mr. Mursi’s reinstating of the dissolved People’s Assembly in exchange for agreement by the Egyptians to support peace with Israel, a key target for the Islamists.

Does McCain have any notion as to what or with whom he is dealing? He is either totally block-headed or really was the “Manchurian Candidate” as I suggested in 2008. Back then I pointed out that he had carried water for George Soros. But now, the Muslim Brotherhood?

Butt-kisser or Boot-licker, the choice is yours.


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