Update: Â agents of (Islamic) influence
- Genius former CIA analyst says next big jihad terror attack in U.S. will come from Pakistan/Gee, Riedel, what was your first clue?
Eager to please Muslims & Arabs: Paul Craig Roberts is another traitor to America
Peanut Khadr Syndrome
“Peanut Khadr Syndrome explained: Â victim of “all-jihadi-violence-traces-back-to-Israel” syndrome
President Obama named Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and Brooking Institution scholar, to head up a review team for overhauling U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Via theÂ Christian Science Monitor, a big part of Riedel’s grand strategy for winning in Afghanistan is, um, securing a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel:
Ultimately, the solution in Afghanistan may involve solving the age-old conflict between the Arab states and Israel, says administration adviser Riedel in a book published by the Brookings Institution, a foreign-policy think tank, last year. Al Qaeda, and the Taliban to some extent, continue to be motivated by the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Riedel argues.Â If that conflict is resolved, Al Qaeda may go away.”If Palestinians choose to make peace with Israel, the most fundamental point of Al Qaeda’s narrative becomes irrelevant,” Riedel writes. “In other words,Â making peace between Israelis and Arabs is not only wise policy in its own right, but also an extremely useful strategy for pulling the rug out from under Al Qaeda.”
A few points:
1. The conflict between Palestinians and Israel is not “the most fundamental point of Al Qaeda’s narrative”–see bin Laden’sÂ 1996 declaration of war against the United States. He cites a number of grievances regarding flashpoints throughout the Muslim world. Does the Palestinian issue really motivate jihadists in Afghanistan/Pakistan more than the conflict, much closer to home, with India?
2. The deep theological/ideological underpinnings for jihad aren’t going to go away if the Palestinians agree to a peace deal. Raymond Ibrahim’s recent review ofÂ The Mind of Jihad serves as useful reminder of this fact.
3. Is there any indication that Palestinians are going to “choose to make peace with Israel” in the near future? It seems delusional think that Hamas will choose to lay down its arms.[…]
If one of Obama’s top advisers thinks that holding Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David will lead to victory in Afghanistan, then we may be in bigger trouble than we thought.
Hugh Fitzgerald:Â Fitzgerald: A tribute to Bruce Riedel
One would love to get Bruce Riedel in a room, in front of a large number of other people (ideally, with Obama, Cllnton, and Holbrooke present) and ask him a series of questions about Islam. What has he read? What does he make of these dozen or five dozen passages of the Qur’an (Handouts dutifully passed out)? What does he make of these Hadith, “authentic” hadith (or “ahadith”) from the most “authoritative muhaddithin? (more Handouts, silently distributed to everyone present). And what does he make of the figure of Muhammad, that Perfect Man, that Exemplar, and his own campaigns against Unbelievers? And what does he, Bruce Riedel, make of such things as the beheadings of Buddhists in southern Thailand? Oh, but that, he will tell you, is simply a case of “Islamic nationalism” (!). Very well, then, what would he like to say about the mass murder of non-Muslim black Africans in the southern Sudan, with nearly 2 milliion victims? And what would he like to say about the beating to death of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh? More
A Poster on Jihad Watch sums it up:
another Obama adviserÂ ??
1. The American people elect a president with a total of 42 days
experience as a U S Senator from the most politically corrupt state in
America whose governor is ousted from office. The President’s first
official act is to close Gitmo and make sure terrorists civil rights are not
2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric
Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo
3. The CIA Boss, Leon Penetta with absolutely no experience in intelligence, has a daughter
Linda we find out, that is a true radical anti-American activist who is a
supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western hemisphere.
4. We got the most corrupt female in America as Secretary of State; bought
and paid for.
5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who files his own taxes.
6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.
7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under
8. A Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical
9. A Health and Human Services Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges
of cheating on his taxes.
And that’s just the first two weeks. . . but who’s counting.
America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges ~ Barrack, Nancy , and
Harry ~ and they are still trying to define stimulus.
Stimulus is where the government gives a smidgen of your tax dollars back
to you making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated] that you want to
run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch
la vie est belle en Amerique