Look what happened the last time a government official attempted such a policy document. Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamic extremism, and one of our government’s most important figures in analyzing its nature and waging ideological war against it, was fired in very early 2008 from his position on the military’s Joint Staff after becoming too hot or controversial within the Pentagon.
The reason? He had written a memorandum months before, based on documents exposing a covert plan by the Muslim Brotherhood to subvert the United States using front groups. This made him the target of those very same influential front groups and of their allies in the U.S. government itself, who subsequently canned Coughlin. That was during the Bush administration; imagine how much less acceptable such a policy memo would be now, after nearly four years of Obama’s subversive complicity.
Today’s closest approximation to Mr. X’s policy paper is the work of Frank Gaffney and the Washington D.C.-based Center for Security Policy, who in 2010 published Shariah: The Threat to America, a highly acclaimed report on the dangerous reality of political Islam. More recently he and his team unveiled a free, ten-part, online “video briefing” entitled “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: A Video Course,” designed to educate American citizens about “a threat most Americans are unaware even exists within our country, let alone the peril it represents.”
But Gaffney doesn’t exactly have the ear of the current administration, which has openly embraced the Brotherhood at home and abroad. If Mitt Romney ascends to the White House this coming January, will his administration be open to Gaffney’s advocacy, much less adopt it as policy? In the past Romney has expressed strong opposition to jihadists, but then claimed that “jihad is an entirely different entity” from Islam, and is “in no way” a part of Islam. It’s difficult to tell just how seriously he comprehends the danger and how forcefully he intends to confront it. Insiders have said that he “gets” the threat but is laying low about discussing it publicly until after the election.
Kennan closed his policy paper with this challenge:
The issue of Soviet-American relations is in essence a test of the overall worth of the United States as a nation among nations. To avoid destruction the United States need only measure up to its own best traditions and prove itself worthy of preservation as a great nation.
America did just that, and the Soviet Union fell. Now update Kennan’s words to refer to a new sort of Cold War between America and Islam; his challenge still lies before us, as relevant as it was 65 years ago.
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