To date, most of the opposition to President Obama's nomination of John Brennan to serve as the next director of the CIA has come from liberals, who argue that Brennan's defense of arbitrary detention and unlimited drone warfare should disqualify him from such a post. They see him as another David Petraeus, but with a face that says, "I will definitely not be the subject of a sex scandal."
Nevertheless, it wouldn't be an Obama nomination without some opposition from the right. Writing in the Washington Times — the newspaper whose sole positive purpose is to remind the Atlantic of what can happen when you get bought out by a cult — Frank Gaffney comes up with the most creative reason to oppose Brennan…
Mr. Brennan is a textbook example of a U.S. official who has "gone native." He speaks Arabic and was formerly the top CIA officer in Saudi Arabia. He has shown himself to be deeply sympathetic to Islamists — for example, excusing and dissembling about their commitment to jihad and the necessity of not offending them.
Yes, knowing anything at all about your subject brief is now grounds for suspicion. Of course, Gaffney's theory explains how the Bush administration selected its cabinet-level officials. They had to pick horse expert Michael "heckuva job" Brown to lead FEMA because if Bush had selected someone with actual experience in disaster management, that would have suggested the nominee was pro-hurricane.
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Tags: CIA, Islam, John Brennan, Washington Times
Yesterday, every American taxpayer was the not-so-proud owner of a company that played an integral role in bringing down the global economy.
By this Friday, you'll be just another schmo who doesn't even own a multi-billion dollar insurance conglomerate.
Tags: AIG, Economy, Islam, Treasury Department
You can't walk down a single block in New York City without hating and being hated by at least a dozen people. I didn't think more hate could fit inside such a bustling metropolis, but I guess there's always a little more room in the city that never sleeps or stops smelling like feces.
According to The New York Times, an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative recently won a federal case stating that New York's MTA was in violation of the First Amendment when it rejected the posting of inflammatory anti-Muslim ads.
So what's in the ads that's so bad that it was deemed unworthy of public display in areas where homeless people go to the bathroom?
New Yorkers will soon encounter another potentially inflammatory rendering of Islam: an advertisement in the transit system that reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man."
It concludes with the words, "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," wedged between two Stars of David.
Tags: First Amendment, Islam, New York
Creeping Sharia isn't just the name of a garage band made up of aging horticulture enthusiasts, it's also a worry of the Republican Party. Though the official platform draft won't be released until today, the RNC platform committee has reportedly adopted an amendment supporting a ban on the use of foreign law in American courts, a plank aimed at curbing the imaginary appeal of Islamic teachings.
Or is it not so imaginary after all?
Tags: Abortion, Islam, Religion, Republican National Convention, Republicans
Who would have guessed that making crazy accusations about Muslims could be so profitable. And in America?!
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she's raised $1 million this month.
The big July fundraising number follows a controversy, in which she insinuated that the government had become compromised by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. She specifically named Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and State Department aide Huma Abedin.
Between her husband Marcus making a career out of preying on self-hating gay people and the congresswoman herself pulling in the big bucks by stirring up distrust and anger against against Muslims, it would seem as though the Bachmanns have really hit upon a winning strategy.
I can't wait to find out which subjugated minority groups' misery they're going to exploit for their own personal gain next. But heart says victims of wild animal attacks, but head says accused witches.
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Tags: House of Representatives, Huma Abedin, Islam, Keith Ellison, Michele Bachmann, Money, Religion