Muslim aide to Deputy Secretary of Defense to step down: “He’s a Muslim Brother”

Good news in this Hesham Islam Update. “Embattled Muslim aide to leave Pentagon job: Hesham Islam’s ‘resume didn’t add up,’ official says,” from WorldNetDaily (thanks to all who sent this in):

In a stunning turn of events, a high-level Muslim military aide blamed for costing an intelligence contractor his job will step down from his own Pentagon post, WND has learned.

Meanwhile, his rival, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, a leading authority on Islamic war doctrine, may stay in the Pentagon, moving from the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the office of the secretary of defense. However, sources say a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is trying to block his new contract.

The top Pentagon aide, Egyptian-born Hesham H. Islam, came under a cloud of suspicion after reports raised doubt about his resume and contacts he had made with radical Muslims. He is expected to leave the government next month, officials say.

Islam and Coughlin recently quarreled over intelligence briefings Coughlin presented showing a close connection between the religion of Islam and terrorism. Coughlin’s contract with the Joint Chiefs, which ends in March, was not renewed.

But as a result of the ensuing firestorm that played out in the conservative press — led by Washington Times Pentagon reporter Bill Gertz — Islam was put under a microscope, and questions were raised regarding his background.

For example, Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote a column challenging key claims in Islam’s official biography. Within days, a Defense Department profile of Islam was removed from the department’s website.

A Pentagon spokesman said it was “taken down in an attempt to reduce the rhetoric and the emotion surrounding this issue while we try to determine the facts.”

A senior U.S. official says the life story Islam presented now appears sketchy.

“His resume didn’t add up, and he knows it,” the official said. “He’s voluntarily leaving the government in March.”

At the same time, a report by terror expert Steven Emerson revealed that Islam, as special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, has scheduled at least two meetings in the Pentagon with Syrian-tied radicals — including a leading member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood — in direct violation of U.S. policy.

As WND previously reported, FBI officials believe Islam is involved with the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and is helping its front groups run “influence operations” against the U.S. government.

“He’s a Muslim brother,” an FBI official told WND. “He’s a bad actor, and he’s made other unreported nefarious contacts.”

Islam has worked closely in the Pentagon with Muslim chaplain Abuhena M. Saifulislam, who as WND also previously reported, received his training at a radical Islamic school in Northern Virginia that was raided by federal authorities after 9/11.

Islam, whose son is active in the military, obtained one of the highest security clearances for classified information. Sources confirm he has sat in on Pentagon meetings in which intelligence clearance was restricted at the Top Secret/SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) level.

The Pentagon had no comment. And Islam, who has not been accused of any crimes, has refused interviews.

Emerson says Islam prescribed a steady diet of Muslim Brotherhood-connected outreach for his unwitting boss, deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England….

Pentagon insiders say Eric S. Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, has sought to stop the awarding of a new contract to Coughlin. Edelman served as ambassador to Turkey from 2003 to 2005.

Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., who co-chairs the House Anti-Terrorism Caucus, has been fighting to keep Coughlin in the Pentagon, where she says his blunt analysis of the Islamic enemy is sorely needed….

“I know that some people will refuse to admit there is a subversive movement going on here, but let me remind you that we have underestimated the will and capability of our enemy for more than 30 years,” she added. “They are patient and determined to achieve their radical agenda.”

Indeed.

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  1. says

    Wow! He’s what amounts to an enemy spook and we’ve only JUST spotted him?

    I hope this trend continues.

    Weed ’em out, ship ’em out.

    Peace

    Abu Lahab

  2. says

    If, god forbid, something big happens, a dirty bomb snuck over the border, a cell with major nasty plans is exposed in rural America, I do think the conversation about Islam, meanign a real one, will move closer to being on the table. A big first step will be agreeing that there actually is an elephant in the room.

    For example, now the headcarf ban issue in Turkey is a cultural conversation. But when the headscarf was banned it was with an explicit knowledge of how Sharia creeps, a kind of “broken windows” application of checking the little things to stop the big things.

    I remember once when I had to talk myself blue in the face with Europeans about America not being a racist country and how whites would vote for a black candidate they liked.

    Now I talk myself blue to Europeans and liberal Americans about how havign a problem with an ideology is not the same as being racist, that it really is ok to dislike a worldview that holds you in lower esteem if you happen to be a woman. How connecting demography with peril to humanistic values is not being racist etc…

    I hope it does not take something really ugly to wake people up, however.

  3. says

    Score one for the good guys, but there is a lot of work to be done. It is quite disturbing that someone with Mr. Islam’s views and connections was able to secure such an influential position in the Pentagon.

    Even more troubling is that no one who read his biography was able to recognize obvious lies. The Six Day War and the Iran-Iraq war are high-profile conflicts. I would hope folks at the Pentagon might be familiar with some of the basic details.

    Lastly, it isn’t like Mr. Islam is the first person from the Middle East to make up stories of victimization at the hands of the Israelis nor invent heroic military exploits such as surviving the supposed Iranian attack. It seems to be the national pastime over there. Are our leaders really this gullible?

  4. says

    Suggest to add the following to the Qur’an’s Manual for Total Regulation of life:
    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  5. says

    I hope this sets a precedent towards meaningful change within the ebb and flow of multiculturism pertaining to Islam. One down, thousands upon thousands to go….sigh

  6. says

    So I wonder what those interviewers of Steve Emerson who practically inferred he was an ‘islamophobe’ think now? Hmm?. A little crow for lunch?

    Let’s define ‘Islamophobe’ anyway. From the ‘Religion Of Peace’ website:

    “Islamophobe (is-slahm-o-fohb) – A non-Muslim who knows too much about Islam.”

    Yes, then, there are Islamophobes, and useful they are indeed.

  7. says

    Embedded in the report is a disquieting fact:

    “sources say a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is trying to block his new contract”

    “Pentagon insiders say Eric S. Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, has sought to stop the awarding of a new contract to Coughlin.”

    Who is this Edelman?

    “Edelman served as ambassador to Turkey from 2003 to 2005.”

    Excerpts from an interview in 2004 with Edelman show his neo-Wilsonian “we-must-use-the-good-Muslims-[who of course are the vast majority]-to-help-save-us-from-the-problem-of-that-pesky-tiny-minority-of -extremists” school of thought:

    Clearly, the absence of freedom, the absence of hope, the absence of economic development are the breeding ground of terrorism. So the degree to which we, along with the other G-8 countries, the other partner countries, but most of all the countries from the region are able to address those issues and help countries move forward on a path of reform, both political and economic, that gives hope to people and more opportunity to diminish the pool from which terrorists recruit the disheartened and the hopeless.

    From the U.S. point of view, the Broader Middle East Initiative is an effort to build a supportive international structure for the calls for reform that have issued from the broader Middle East region.

    The focus is to see what can be done to support democratization, the spread of literacy, better regional financing flows, entrepreneurship, and investment opportunities in the region to deal with both the economic and political reform requirements of the region

    And Edelman in that same interview supports the admission of Turkey into the EU.

    http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/rls/rm/39659.htm

  8. says

    This is good news albeit a small, partial victory in a larger and longer war.

    Mr. Islam is gone. Good.

    Now Mr. Islam’s supervisor, mentor and friend, Mr. England, must be made to go away. Soon.

    Even before Mr. England has been made to go away, attention needs to be turned to one Eric S. Edelman, former ambassador to Turkey (2003-2005) who – personally – sought to deny a contract renewal to Mr. Coughlin.

    If either Mr. England or Mr. Edelman remain “on the job” the release of Mr. Islam is at best a small and partial victory in the greater defense against the jihad. Neither Mr. England or Mr. Edelman deserve continued taxpayer funded compensation for services alleged to be rendered to their country. I dare say both gentlemen – with their bulging rolodexes – will find employment with any number of muslim embassies in the Washington DC area as agents of foreign gov’ts.

    This case has not been settled to my satifaction. Sue Myrick (R-NC) and her staff have more work ahead of themselves. But it’s a damn good start.

  9. says

    Islam, whose son is active in the military, obtained one of the highest security clearances for classified information.

    Where is his son? At what level does he serve? The father is a bad actor? What has he taught the son? Are American military moves being undermined by this son of a Muslim Brother?

  10. says

    Once upon a time we dealt slightly differently with enemy moles. They certainly weren’t allowed to “voluntarily [leave] the government” a month after their seditious mask is ripped from their face.

    In America it’s one mole down — and thousands upon thousands more to go. In Europe it’s no moles down, and hundreds upon hundreds of thousands to go…

  11. says

    I had the same questions, PMK. And I would also like to know why this guy gets to hang around until March? If his resume is questionalbe that much, he should be escorted out of the building and told his final check will be mailed.

    To give him a month to create who knows what mischief in the internal computer systems, files etc, is insane.

    Oh, wait, this is the same administration that wants to give Mexico 1.5 Billion dollars to secure it’s southern border to keep out illegals.

  12. says

    I think it’s safe to say this wouldn’t have happened without the “firestorm that played out in the conservative press”.

    This is a good illustration of our need to protect freedom of speech and the vital role played by our media.

    I also think Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England should tender his resignation.

  13. says

    “Clearly, the absence of freedom, the absence of hope, the absence of economic development are the breeding ground of terrorism.”
    — from a posting above, quoting Eric Edelman, who apparently does not like the work of, and would like to block the re-appoint of, Stephen Coughlin

    Eric Edelman is one more person — his background is in Soviet studies — who has learned all he has learned about Islam from his encounter with Turkey, and not so much Turkey as with secularist Turks, in a still-semi-Kemalist Turkey. In this respect, he is like others, such as Perle and Feith, who were before becoming enmeshed in the Iraq misadeventure, were great believers in the permanence of Kemalism, and of secular Turkey, and some even served as agents of the Turkish govenment. Another example of the phenomenon, though his case is more complicated, is that of Bernard Lewis.

    Edelman firmly believes, allows himself to believe, cannot but believe, that “[c]learly, the absence of freedom, the absence of hope, the absence of economic development are the breeding ground of terrorism.” This is the world of Muslims without Islam, Hamlet without the Prince. He feels, along with George Bush, that if we cure that “absence of freedom” by transplanting that “freedom” (most crudely defined as vote-counting at election time) to “ordinary moms and dads” in the MIddle East, and if we bring them “prosperity” and so end that “absence of economic development,” and both of those, and so much more, will reverse that “absence of hope” that, the eric-edelmans of this world must believe, have to believe, deeply truly sincerely cannot do other than believe, is the “breeding ground of terrorism.”

    He’s got it wrong. The breeding-ground of terrorism is any state, or people, or society, or community, where Islam, unmediated or undiluted by time or space or other conceivable identities, molds the minds of men, and they take it seriously. They may be as spectacularly rich as Bin Laden (or at least his family), or from as notable a background as Ayman al-Zawahiri. The terroists and would-be are likely, studies have shown, to be far better educated and better off than the average Muslim.

    But that is not all that Eric Edelman gets wrong. He doesn’t seem to comprehend the intellectual world, the moral world, of Islam — and that world can only be conveyed, or rather cannot conceivably be conveyed without, a knowledge of what Islam is all about, what Muslims read in their canonical texts, what they have repeated day in and day out (no, not among the secularists of Turkey, no, but that experience, and not merely in Turkey but in Turkey as the cosseted American ambassador, was as poor a guide for Edelman was was Paul Wolfowitz’s experience as the cosseted American ambassador in Jakarta, meeting the most secular locals, and being told what his local interlocutors were sure he would be pleased to here (“yes, we really are looking forward to establishing relations with Israel”), and learning little about Islam, and certainly not learning about it from his charming Muslims-in-exile friends, who were not about to say “you know, the best way for you to deal with Iraq is to allow the ethnic and sectarian fissures to work their magic, and to have consequences beyond the borders of Iraq, because the best thing for you Infidels is to divide and demoralize the Camp of Islam” — no, that is not what Paul Wolfowitz was told by Chalabi, Makiya, or his Arab non-Iraqi companion).

    If indeed Edelman thinks it would be best for policy to be made, in dealing with the threat of Jihad, by not studying the texts and tenets, and not listening to those who have studied those texts and those tenets (and are definitely not part of the small army of apologists who have been camped out in the capitals of the West for the past several decades, nicely subsidized by Saudi Arabia and other sweetly disinterested parties), then perhaps his counsel of ignorance entitles him, too, to be shown the door.

    There is a limit. And the limit on this kind of thing has been reached.

  14. says

    Power to the right people!
    The blogophere helped this to happen, now keep the pressure on and push for Gordon England to resign too. If he can’t recognize the threat of islam, he needs to go!

  15. says

    “a stunning turn of events”.

    Really, and a most heartening one. I am now most ashamed of my defeatist attitude to this case, believing that Coughlin would have to continue the fight from outside the Pentagon.
    God bless Emerson and Myrick!

  16. says

    “Clearly, the absence of freedom, the absence of hope, the absence of economic development are the breeding ground of terrorism.”
    -from posters

    The propaganda of the Palestinian movement has been successfully implanted in the minds of the most powerful Americans.

    The absence of freedom, the absence of hope and the absence of economic development were the brainchildren of the rulers of the area, all to maintain their own power. Terrorism is number four on the list. It came from the same source as the first three. It wasn’t spawned by them.

  17. says

    I spent 20 years “driving ships.” You learn a lot…I mean a lot of stuff, because everybody has to play in so many roles at sea.

    This article has plenty of not so clear meaning and I touch on some of it in a post on my blog, from the perspective of a SWO.

    My fear? Hesham Islam disappears to points east, with a wealth of knowledge on the detailed internal working of the Navy and specifically seaborne ops.

  18. says

    ” His (Islam’s)resume didn’t add up and he knows it.”

    One doesn’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to see the holes in his resume. I guess the trick is to just…well, have the holes called to your attention.

  19. says

    Recall Sean Hannity’s cynical smirk and giggle when Emerson told him there were possible subversives in the Pentagon and mentioned Hesham Islam?

    He owes Emerson an apology now and invitation back to answer the question “Are there any more Steve?”.

  20. says

    Let’s hope that the more politically insulated, secure FBI apparatus will ferret-out this Ikhwanist network in high places, and expose its operatives and dupes wherever they are.

    Let’s keep an eye on Chaplain Saifulislam wherever he goes, as we can’t tolerate his presence in circles of influence.

    I also concur, let’s show witless Gordon England the way toward The Egress. Let’s end this sideshow of the Ikhwan in America. Let’s keep Barnum’s legendary watchword in mind, and not let gape-mouthed yahoos and gullible hacks stay in positions of authority.

  21. says

    God bless Rep. Myrick, Bill Gertz, and Claudia Rosett.

    I hope every American reading this story – and especially any from Rep Myrick’s ‘patch’ – will be writing to her and her colleagues in the anti-terrorism caucus, to congratulate them, and to tell them just how, and why, what they have done is so important not just for the USA but for the entire non-Muslim world.

    She and her companions-in-arms, and their families will, I am sure, be receiving threats; I am sure their ‘hate mail bag’, as Mr Spencer calls it, will be overflowing. They need to receive lots of praise and encouragement to counter that.

    I do hope that as a result of this affair, every single congressman and woman and every senator who has not already done so will – driven by sheer curiosity – obtain a copy of Coughlin’s thesis and read, learn, mark and inwardly digest it.

    Now: which intrepid investigative reporters will start looking for all the OTHER ‘Hesham Islams’ who are, undoubtedly, hidden in plain sight in many other locations, not only in the United States, but in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and every European country? And in India, Thailand, the Philippines; and probably in certain African countries, such as Uganda or Kenya or Tanzania, those that directly face the advancing front line of the Third Jihad? And in Latin America?

  22. says

    A Pentagon spokesman said it was “taken down in an attempt to reduce the rhetoric and the emotion surrounding this issue while we try to determine the facts.”

    Read: taken down in a futile, shameless attempt at damage control to cover our lazy, irresponsible, politically-correct behinds.

    Assalamau LAikum all,

    Get rid of Coughlan…..too much work

    Naseem: All of us kuffar here wish you a speedy journey to Allah’s brothel to meet your 72 virgins, inshallah.

  23. says

    Yes, Naseem,

    Your non-Ahmadi co-religionists DO create too much work for our counter-terrorist, counterjihad, counter-Islamist specialists–we should swell their ranks and increase their support, to divide the workload of these loyal patriots.

  24. says

    Hey…WE OWE Sue Myrick (R-NC) a debt of gratitude. Take out a piece of paper, a snail mail envelope, a 41 cent stamp, and ten minutes of your time to write Sue Myrick a hand written letter to say THANK YOU.

    It’ll take ten minutes because after thanking her for seeing to it that Steve Coughlin kept his job – and seeing to it that Mr. Islam felt sufficient heat to leave as soon as possible. First, you’ll politely ask Sue Myrick to investigate Gordon England and Eric S. Edelman. Thereafter, you’ll DEMAND that THEY be fired from their cushy taxpayer supported jobs for one reason or the other: if not because they’re in bed with the enemy then certainly because they are too stupid in the ways of the enemy to qualify for the jobs they hold and have held for the past 6 years. If you can think of a nicer way to say it than that, then be my guest.

    The Honorable Sue Myrick
    6525 Morrison Blvd.
    Suite 402
    Charllotte, NC 28211

    __________________________________________________

    I further promise, henceforth, never to mention again that I, among very few if any, nominated Sue Myrick as the AMERICAN Anti-Dhimmi Award Winner for 2007 in place of Mr. Steyn (and no one listened). Mr. Steyn is most deserving. However, by Mr. Steyn’s own admission, he is NOT American. He’s Canadian. Sue Myrick is American. Let’s not make that mistake again in 2008, okay?

    To the pantheon dedicated to the great and strong WOMEN of our time fighting in defense of western civilization I recommend the name of Sue Myrick to stand along side the names of Fallaci, Sultan, Ali, Shaidle, Geller, Schussel, West, Phillips – and all others for whom I apologize in failing to mention.

  25. says

    It seems to me that incompetents like Edelman and England should go also.

    By the way, has anyone checked out Keith Ellison’s biography lately, his associations, the Mosque he attends. and what goes on in his Mosque?
    I can easily emagine Nancy Pelosi appointing him to some highly sensitive committee relating to security. She’s as clueless as England.
    I think someone better take a lot closer look at the man, considering his religion is totally incompatible with the democratic ideals of the representative body he sits in.

  26. says

    Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish, Hesham Islam!

    Goodbye! And I do mean “Good!” Have a great journey back to your original Islamic craphole!

    Pelosi? An utter and complete imbecile. I couldn’t care less that she’s the first female Speaker of the House – she’s an imbecile.

  27. says

    ENGLAND IS RID OF ISLAM — what a wonderful headline that would be if only it wasn’t referring only to individuals. Even so, it’s good news.

  28. says

    “Pelosi? An utter and complete imbecile. I couldn’t care less that she’s the first female Speaker of the House – she’s an imbecile.”

    Amen!!!

  29. says

    I don’t get the joy, expressed by some here over this.
    Who cares if one or two are dismissed. It’s like throwing a party if you stomp out one or two roaches.
    Look at the bigger picture. It’s an indication that the whole place is infested, and what you need to do is fumigate the place, top to bottom.
    For if you don’t, they will bring the house down.

    For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone in his right mind can even contemplate hiring a muslim in a civil servant or educational job, let alone a police or military job.
    Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but since when are you allowing the enemy in places of influence and power? Have you completely taken leave of your senses?

  30. says

    Follow the bouncing ball.

    Mr. Islam has become to ‘hot’ politically. Mr. Islam will not be gone, but will instead just ‘reappear’ some other place.

    Mr. Islam had ‘someone’ ‘somewhere’ that got him into that position. That ‘someone’ will only move or re-assign him and it has been negotiated. (some times it is more powerful to have the kings ear then to be the king).

    Do you want PROOF that Mr. Islam will go somewhere? Do you want PROOF that this moving of Mr. Islam has been negotiated to ‘reduce the heat’ in the federal goverment?

    The PROOF you ask……is answered by answering the following question.

    Has anyone heard CAIR complain about this?

    Silence means participation.

  31. says

    “Pelosi? An utter and complete imbecile. I couldn’t care less that she’s the first female Speaker of the House – she’s an imbecile.”

    Unfortunately, that also puts her second in line of succession to the presidency. Everyone wanted to impeach Bush and Cheney. We could have had President Pelosi.

  32. says

    Another note on my previous post….

    Mr. Islam is causing the temperatures to rise and the people around him can’t handle the heat. But it may be that the research going into his background and ‘WHO’ got him this job is a big dog.

    The heat may be on the ‘WHO’ that got Mr. Islam his job. Mr. WHO/or Mrs. WHO may want the issue to go away, so by having Mr. Islam leave the research and investigation stops.

    I suggest continuing the background check on Mr. Islam and see WHO got him this job. This story is showing the signs of getting real interesting and revealing a very high up goverment official being in bed with an advanced muslim agenda.

  33. says

    This is only partially good news, as another poster pointed out, now that Mr. Islams resume has been shown to be a torn tissue, I would think the usual response would be not to allow another month in the office, but that the office is in a sensitive position the internal security should do what they do in cases like this.

    I know that arab culture is prone to self serving fantasies, Mos revelations as his circumstances changed, the al-kidas fantasy of bringing down the soviet union are two prominent ones that come to mind. But in our nation where we pride ourselves on our openness and our integrity involves having our word mean what we say they mean, it is imperative that immigrants from other lands be assimilated so that they are not shamed when something like this happens.

    I am choosing to put the least onerous spin on Islams fabrications as being part and parcel of his culture and not as the more dire possibility that he had moled his way into the office and was an agent for a foreign entity while supposedly serving the nation.

    In any case it would be a new low in slacker progress for the whole case to be simply ignored now and nothing else done in the case.

  34. says

    alaskan wrote, ” Has anyone heard CAIR complain about this? Silence means participation.”

    It may be that CAIR might be trying to not resort to kneejerk reaction to every incident involving Mahometans, lest they lose what credibility they might possess.

  35. says

    Thank you, John C. Your comment is very gracious.

    From time to time people on this website ask: “What can little ol’ me DO to help in the war against jihad?”

    Here’s a concrete example of how one can help:

    Write Sue Myrick at the address above. THANK her for helping Steve Coughlin keep his job. THANK her for helping to shine a spot light on a possible muzzie inflitrator in the DoD who had a hand in the “non-renewal” of Coughlin’s contract.

    Write Sue Myrick TELLING her that her job isn’t finished until a complete and transparent investigation into the qualifications of England and Edelman is conducted in FULL view of the American public. How close was England to the Islam? What info did Islam have access to? Why did Edelman want Coughlin out and gone from the DoD? What was wrong with Coughlin’s view of islam that Edelman took issue with? Be specific.

    Please…people…listen to me: This incident should not be “ALLOWED” to be over with. Please…understand…write your congressional rep even if they don’t belong to the “anti-terrorist” caucus.

    Fight now…not later. DEMAND that these bastards who claim to work for us work in our national interest. Coughlin’s a good man. He’s fighting others just like Hesham Islam IN OUR GOV’T. He’s fighting against idiots like England and Edelman. Coughlin is trying to tell us something and our elected and un-elected Masters are not listening. Fight back now.

    Please don’t confine yourselves to posting at JW/DW. The case of Steven Coughlin presents you with an opportunity to be heard on a concrete matter of national security with your elected rep. Act on it. Please.

  36. says

    “Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but since when are you allowing the enemy in places of influence and power? Have you completely taken leave of your senses?”
    by Kim Hartveld

    The answer to the second question is a resounding YES. And we did it many years ago, when we decided that one culture was as good as another and all were welcome to coexist in these United States.
    As for allowing the enemy in places of influence, people at every level, from those who elected Keith Ellison all the way up to President Bush, will tell you that we are not fighting Islam and we aren’t fighting Muslims, we are fighting Islamic terrorists. Some will point to a “public servant” like Mr. Islam and say he is what America is all about – someone who can live with people of different cultures and faiths and get along with all of them and work to better America.
    Compare today to America’s reaction after Pearl Harbor, when Japanese-American citizens were taken from their homes and relocated away from the west coast. That is considered a blot on America’s history and one that people don’t want to see repeated. It’s an oversimplification but the argument is we’d rather die for our principles than live without them.
    Since people are innocent until proven guilty, no one is an enemy simply because he’s a Muslim. Everyone can point to an upstanding and honorable member of the Muslim faith who has no desire to impose sharia or conquer the US. So how do we define “the enemy”? How do we recognize him before he does something to endanger us? Just being a Muslim isn’t enough.

  37. says

    “This is the world of Muslims without Islam, Hamlet without the Prince.” — Hugh Fitzgerald

    A masterful aphorism.

    I’ve been dabbling in peering into academic Orientalism of old, and have so far found at least four scholarly articles from eras one would have thought would be immune from PC MC, but whose PC MC assumptions surprise (one goes back to 1849! — Edward E. Salisbury’s editorial notes to a translation of Tabari in the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1849).

    Recently, I came across one from 1942 — one would reasonably think that 1942 is a time safely antecedent to what Fitzgerald calls “the Great Inhibition”, but apparently not:

    From “The Origins of Pan-Islamism”, by Dwight E. Lee, in The American Historical Review, Vol. 47, No. 2. (Jan., 1942), pp. 278-287:

    First, Prof. Lee approvingly quotes a letter of Arminius Vambéry dated December 31, 1877, and published in the Daily Telegraph (London), January 12, 1878:

    “I repeat therefore . . . that the Moslem population of India, amongst whom Panislamitic ideas are spreading from day to day, will not remain inactive in the future should the Christian West continue to indulge in the sport of modern crusades.”

    [Sounds like it could be written by the BBC or the New York Times today!]

    Then Prof. Lee goes on to write:

    “… the student may be warned by them [extreme opinions coming out of the Musli world] not to rush to conclusions whenever the unity or brotherhood of Islam or the universal authority of the sultan-caliph are mentioned. He may well follow the example of those scholars who have attempted to distinguish between theory and definite acts or organizations. Furthermore, as the quotation from Vambéry suggests and as most writers agree, the tendency toward Pan-Islamism was one aspect of the reaction of Moslems to the impact of the Christian West.”

    “…neither the intellectual and religious bent nor the actual steps to exploit it should be separated from their proper context of Oriental-Occidental cultural and political conflict.”

    “…there is another context from which a study of Pan-Islamism cannot be separated, namely, the imperialistic rivalry of the Western Powers. In the period between 1850 and 1880 the most serious
    conflict which directly affected Islam was that of Russia and England in the Near East and in Central Asia, just as at a later date other rivalries
    developed to a critical point in Egypt, Morocco, and Tripoli. It is not surprising, therefore, that the most willing and eager supporters of the Ottoman caliphate in the earlier period were Central Asiatic and Indian Moslems, who, at the mercy of both British and Russian expansionists,
    frequently discussed the idea of a Moslem league and occasionally appealed to the Turkish sultan for aid.”

    [Shades of “it was the US and Soviet “interference” in Afghanistan that spawned modern terrorism!]

    Then, Prof. Lee, after citing European exploitation of Pan-Islamism in the 1870s, then WWI, then Italy in 1930s, writes:

    “It would appear, indeed, that Pan-Islamism has always had either behind it or paralleling it the imperialistic policy of some European power whose aims and interests at the moment seemed to
    coincide with those of Islam or of some Moslem potentate. Thus one may come to the tentative conclusion that without British support in
    the beginning and that of others later, Pan-Islamism would never have developed into a significant movement.”

    “In summary, it has been the purpose of this article to show that the usual interpretations of Pan-Islamism and especially the story of its
    origins, both as to chronology and causes, have been inadequate and unsatisfactory and that insofar as Pan-Islamism and the revival of the
    caliphate are linked with the whole problem of the reaction of the Islamic world to the impact of the Occident, a satisfactory and fundamentally
    sound historical treatment can be made only if Islamic sources can be studied. Furthermore, in such a study of Pan-Islamism not only
    must the intellectual and political developments in all the various Moslem countries be clearly understood, but also the international relations of the great powers toward one another and toward the Islamic countries must be taken into account. Only after such a study can one definitely decide whether an effort to translate the “tendency” toward Islamic unity into an actual movement was a phantasm or a reality and whether Pan-Islamism was a genuine Moslem reaction to Western encroachment
    or merely a weapon of imperialism, conceived by Western brains and forged by Western hands.”

    There’s one of the major axioms of the PC MC paradigm: all major Islamic problems stem, ultimately, from Western activities and “interference” in the Orient.

    The only difference, it seems, between 1942 and today is that in 1942, we have a Prof. Dwight E. Lee complaining about the “usual interpretations of Pan-Islamism and especially the story of its origins, both as to chronology and causes, [that] have been inadequate and unsatisfactory…” — whereas today, those Orientalist interpretations are not at all “usual”, but decidedly rare and positively ostracized. Were Prof. Lee alive today he would find all of Western Academe — indeed, most of the West — warmly and dominantly conducive to his worldview of a Muslim world without Islam.

    The crux, perhaps, is that in 1942, currents of PC MC as manifested in the likes of Prof. Lee were floating about, but not dominant and mainstream. Over the past 50 years, however, they have become dominant and mainstream.

  38. says

    Lest we think this good news will change things, this is still on the Whitehouse website paid for by US taxpayers and STILL represents the view from the top:

    “Here in the United States our Muslim citizens are making many contributions in business, science and law, medicine and education, and in other fields. Muslim members of our Armed Forces and of my administration are serving their fellow Americans with distinction, upholding our nation’s ideals of liberty and justice in a world at peace.”

    Remarks by the President on Eid Al-Fitr
    The Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.
    December 5, 2002

    That’s what the man said; he said that; that’s what he said — and it ain’t changed and it ain’t gonna change no matter how many traitorous moles you discover!

  39. says

    One last comment for this thread before I leave tonight. I read this comment elsewhwre – perhaps here on this board. If so I apologize for using it again:

    Anyone on this board ever recall reading about “OUTREACH” programs dedicated by the DoD or FBI or CIA (aka OSS) to either the Germans, or Italians, or Japanese during WW2?

    No?

    Neither do I.

    Back then things were less gray. Much more black and white. No PC. As it should be if we had a gov’t prepared to do today what is constitutionally required. I liked that.

  40. says

    Good research cantor. But isn’t the idea of any culture or state as being the prime mover of events something different than modern MC?

  41. says

    The power of the blogs, that is what got Hesham Islam sacked.

    Gertz picked it up from the blogs, H & C had Emerson on the show because of it and Emerson stated the facts, regardless. If you google ‘Hesham Islam’ you’ll find a host of blogs that cover this moles activities in the Pentagon. But now we should keep the heat up. Gordon England, his gullible enabler, has to go as well. The Muslim army captain, ‘the sword of Islam’ Saifullislam’- has to go too. Islam’s son, why has he not got his marching orders yet?
    And then there is the former ambassador to Turkey, compromised over both ears Eric Edelman: put him out to pasture like all the others who are compromised because of their exposure and ties to the ‘Islamic thing’…

    The infiltration is much worse than we can imagine. Take a look here and scroll down:

    http://sheikyermami.com/2008/02/11/hesham-islam-gets-the-boot/

  42. says

    Omvi,

    I just licked the envelope on my letter to Sue Myrick and it will be going out in tomorrow’s mail.

    Sheik,

    The picture on your website of Muslims praying in a meeting room in the Pentagon is very disturbing. I swear that looks exactly like the room I was in for a retirement ceremony for a good friend a couple years back. Those people need to take their slumber party some place else.

    http://sheikyermami.com/2007/12/25/infiltration-flashback-the-ramadan-iftar-humbug/

  43. says

    Omvi –

    I too will be sending out a ‘Thank You’ note to Sue Myrick; and thank you for both suggesting we do this and for providing an address.

  44. says

    This is what happens when fools believe their own rhetoric. If one believe there is a tiny element of extremists among moslems, extremist infiltration will be widespread. How many moslems are truly unsavory extremists? 1%? 10%? 90%? Does anyone know? Opinion polls suggest the population of extremists is enormous.

  45. says

    stickman,

    “isn’t the idea of any culture or state as being the prime mover of events something different than modern MC?”

    Not when those events being moved are deemed to be bad by the prime mover’s own ideologues. The modern West is the only culture in world history that criticizes itself regularly, broadly and deeply, and excuses all other cultures from being culpable.

    We have a perverse situation today:

    The modern West criticizes itself profoundly, and that self-criticism is reflected on all levels — Academe, Art, Politics, Culture.

    The Muslim world suppresses most self-criticism and vilifies “the Other” — and the West agrees with the Muslim world!

    Meanwhile, the Muslim world is nourishing attacks in a variety of ways (from propagandistic to violent) on the modern West!

  46. says

    Cantor,
    Recall the allegations made by the Turkish translator for the FBI, Sibel Emmonds. She claims that in her work as translator she learned that very high-level State and Defense officials were selling nuclear secrets to Turkey and others.

    Would be sweet if Edelman is one of those she exposes (she has not made the names public yet, but the FBI and Congressional committees know who they are; the big question is why there has been no clamor for investigation of her charges.)

  47. says

    1. Gordon England should be fired for poor judgement.

    2. The man who hired Gordon England should be fired for the poor judgement manifest in that hiring.

    3. Hesham Islam should stand trial for … lying on his application for a security clearance, at the very least.

    4. Hesham Islam’s son should be expelled from the US military service (serving in the military is a privilege, not a right).

    5. All of Hesham Islam’s associates should come under the microscope.

    Of course, these ideas are just common sense – sorely lacking in DC for the duration of President Bush’s administration.

  48. says

    When islam is seen as the enemy, these issues will be talked about every night on the news and media. It has not been brought up ,the only place to know about this is here, and the blogs.

    That must change, and it is going to happen.


    So how do we define “the enemy”? How do we recognize him before he does something to endanger us? Just being a Muslim isn’t enough.”

    Posted by: PMK

    Do not look at the follower, look at islam itself. Is there anything you can find that puts islam against our laws, our culture, our ways and desire of life, liberty, happiness? If you can, then you can define the enemy.

  49. says

    Cornelius: “Islam lied on his resume. Why isn’t he being dismissed right away?”

    To get the security clearances that Islam had, he had to have submitted all that phony data from “his resume” for the required FBI and OSI background checks. The penalty for lying in this situation is hard time at Leavenworth prison.

    Islam belongs in jail. His clearances should be pulled today, and he should be escorted directly to the brig, pending his trial.

  50. says

    Great news, but how did that nudnik get appointed in the first place? I guess it’s alike Robert and Hugh are always saying: there’s a big knowledge gap all the way up the line.

  51. says

    Gordon England was the President’s, DoD’s, and the State Department’s Plan A for dealing with Maj. Coughlin and the fuss he started. Now, Eric Edelman is Plan B. You can be sure they have people lined up in powerful places for Plan C, Plan D, Plan E, ad infinitum. This is going to be their way of neutering Maj. Coughlin. He can remain, but his is on permanent probation and his place in the Pentagon will be so continually contested that it will be hard for him to do the job he was originally hired for.

    As for Hesham Islam, well, someone failed to do their due diligence on this guy way back in 1985 when he joined the Navy. And at every step of the way there has been failure to check his “legend.”

  52. says

    sheik – that story certainly is an eye opener. Regardless, doesn’t this man/husband/father have an dignity? Apparently not! Breed baby breed!

    Gee – would do you suppose we should thank for his free ride?

  53. says

    Bruce Thornton seems utterly in tune with Jihad Watch. Here´s an excerpt from his latest article at victorhanson.com/articles/thornton020608.html:

    The war against Islamic jihad continues to be compromised in the West by the dominant narrative that supposedly makes sense of the conflict. In this scenario, the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful moderates, while the jihadists exploit a distortion of Islam fueled by modern discontents. To the left, these discontents are created by Western neo-imperialist and neo-colonialist adventurism, oil-industry greed, a culture-destroying globalization, irrational “Islamophobia” and “Orientalism,” and continuing support for Israel’s “occupation” of Muslim territory and thwarting of Palestinian nationalist aspirations. To the right, a lack of political freedom and economic development dashes Muslim hopes for a better life and leaves them prey to jihadist propaganda. Both interpretations, however, are based on unfounded assumptions.

    The first assumption is the existence of large numbers of “Muslim moderates.” Indeed, Muslims who want to integrate their faith with liberal democracy, pluralism, human rights, and economic development exist and deserve our support. But I challenge anyone other than scholars to name one of their spokesmen. The moderates surveyed by Joshua Muravchik and Charles Szrom in their recent Commentary article ” Kamran Bokhari, Said Edin Ibrahim, Amr Hamzawy, or Abdel-Aziz el-Sherif ” have a negligible influence with the Muslim masses compared to that of bin Laden or the Muslim Brotherhood or the mullahs of Iran. And these moderates are just as marginalized in the West, where instead the duplicitous Tariq Ramadan is promoted and celebrated as a “moderate” despite his adherence to the radical doctrines of the Muslim Brotherhood. If large numbers of Muslim moderates existed, and if such moderation were typical of most Muslims, then wouldn’t these spokesmen have a higher profile and a greater constituency among their co-religionists?

    On the contrary, moral and economic support for jihadist organizations continues to run high among Muslims across the world. In other words, millions and millions of Muslims admire and support organizations that supposedly have “distorted” Islamic doctrine. Consider the arrogant, elitist assumption behind this belief: millions of Muslims are so ignorant of their own faith, or so traumatized by political or economic distress, that they can’t tell when someone is distorting Islamic doctrine, and so like children they irrationally “act out” against their own best interests. I think it more likely that these Muslims indeed understand their own faith and support the jihadists because they call for a “reform” of Islam, which does not mean, as we Westerners assume, interpreting Islam to make it compatible with tolerance, pluralism, or democracy. Rather, it means returning Islam to its traditional doctrinal purity and practice.

    The rest of the article is good too.

  54. says

    “Gordon England was the President’s, DoD’s, and the State Department’s Plan A for dealing with Maj. Coughlin and the fuss he started. Now, Eric Edelman is Plan B. You can be sure they have people lined up in powerful places for Plan C, Plan D, Plan E, ad infinitum” — FredIsinglass

    Exactly. this fight isn’t over by a long shot. Coughlin had the integrity to refuse to toe the bush party line re islam; and now bush is going to sic his hatchet-men on Coughlin the same way he sicced johnny sutton on Border Patrol agents Ramos & Compean, who, despite an obviously sham trial, continue to languish in prison. bush’s perfidy knows no bounds.

  55. says

    A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

    One mole whacked.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Three cheers for Rep. Myrick, Bill Gertz, and Claudia Rosett.

    =========

    But as others have warned above, much like in the game Whack-A-Mole, Hesham Islam will pop up elsewhere.

    He’s only out of the joint chiefs office, not out of the service.

    =========

    Glad we still have Coughlin.

  56. says

    First things first, this is good news. Full stop. Good bloody news.

    hotspur:”. Gordon England should be fired for poor judgement.

    2. The man who hired Gordon England should be fired for the poor judgement manifest in that hiring.

    3. Hesham Islam should stand trial for … lying on his application for a security clearance, at the very least.

    4. Hesham Islam’s son should be expelled from the US military service (serving in the military is a privilege, not a right).

    5. All of Hesham Islam’s associates should come under the microscope.

    All good points, that man.

    There should be a very thorough investigation of everyone who had anything to do with the soon-to-be-gone Mr Islam’s rapid ascent up the military ladder.

    Betcha that won’t happen.

    Really, outright, blatant lies on your CV gets you prosecuted.

    Or so I thought

    The quickest of superficial of cursory glances at Mr Islam’s tissue of lies, AKA his resume, would have told anyone that Mr Islam is a natural born liar.

    Or should have.

    Any person with links to the MB shouldn’t be allowed within a billion miles of the Army. In fact, shouldn’t be allowed within a billion miles of any Infidel country.

    But let’s not spoil the party.

    This is a good day for the beleaguered non Musims. We’re not finished yet. Reports of the West’s death have been Greatly exaggerated……..by at least a couple of days

  57. says

    a found open muslim mole in the pentagon. How many more are there??? as many as are muslim???

    and obama wants to meet with all of the muslim leaders in the middle east………… wonder if he would survive such a meeting???

    the feds just have not figured it out yet…. that the basic tenet of islam is to conquer all other religions and nations……….

    watching Jericho this evening, are yall prepared armed and ready for what is coming……..

    if Israel attacks and nukes iran and syria to stop the rockets and nuclear aspirations of both nations world war three will follow…… if Israel does not attack iran and syria, Israel will cease to be……….

    some choice, do you have your potassium iodide pills yet???

    even 1939 is a less interesting time than we live in today………..

  58. says

    There are no moderates in Islam. This is because, Allah is not moderate, and Islam is not moderate.
    It is not possible for a good muslim to worship Allah in moderation…I wonder how many muslims would admit that they worship Allah in moderation?
    Or that they follow Allahs directions, Quran, Shari’a, in moderation. Would they announce that at mosque on Friday afternoon? “Hey everybody, I am a moderate”, “I worship Allah in moderation”.
    Heshem Islam is no moderate. The entire government needs to be gone over with a fine tooth comb and remove any moles. I bet there are lots, and not one is a moderate…

  59. says

    From the Bruce Thornton quote above:

    “Consider the arrogant, elitist assumption behind this belief: millions of Muslims are so ignorant of their own faith, or so traumatized by political or economic distress, that they can’t tell when someone is distorting Islamic doctrine, and so like children they irrationally “act out” against their own best interests.”

    What Thornton is describing is the standard boilerplate multiculturalist belief about Third World peoples in general: they are not responsible ethical adult humans; they are precious children at best, or even lovely animals, eternally under our Western care — and because we have so horribly abused them and continue to harbor crypto-imperialist “racist” evil in our hearts against them, the only way we can assuage our “shame” and guilt is to be their perpetual parents. And every time the Third World peoples do bad things, it’s our fault, not theirs, and only deepens and strengthens our shame, and therefore also our resolve to be the best parents or game wardens we can be.

    The supreme irony is that this current multiculturalism is solidly neo-imperialist in its condescending relationship to Third World peoples, and the multiculturalists don’t even realize this.

  60. says

    Emerson says Islam prescribed a steady diet of Muslim Brotherhood-connected outreach for his unwitting boss, deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England

    We cannot afford any unwitting, or witless, “leaders” in the top echelons of the Pentagon. We are at war. Time to start acting like it.

  61. says

    Stendec said:

    “To get the security clearances that Islam had, he had to have submitted all that phony data from “his resume” for the required FBI and OSI background checks. The penalty for lying in this situation is hard time at Leavenworth prison.”

    It would be interesting to get the name of the person(s) who read the phony data and gave it a pass. Another mole, perhaps?

    IF anyone wants to fax Sue Myrick here is her office fax number: 202 225 2995.

  62. says

    Well isn’t that just ducky.

    They’ve discovered the guy’s a fraud and they’re not booting him out, they’re letting him leave at his leisure. Just wunnerful.

  63. says

    Who hired him?
    Who vetted his credentials?
    Who tried to protect him?
    Are they still there?
    Posted by: MP [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2008 3:56 PM

    I get the queasy feeling that our security agencies, notably the CIA and FBI, have become more of a liability than an asset. They appear to be more interested in protecting the career of Valerie Plame than in protecting the millions of Americans who pay their salary. Without a glass eye and a hook for a hand, you couldn’t pass the ideological test to be hired as an Arab-speaking agent.

  64. says

    Another interesting thing about this case is the reaction of Coughlin himself to the non-renewel of his contract. I don’t know who initially approached Bill Gertz with this story (though it could have been Coughlin, I doubt it was), but in all his public utterings, Coughlin downplayed his own dismissal and never tried to play the martyr.
    This ultimately had to be helpful to those advocating for his retention.

  65. says

    Everyone here seems to be cheering that this person will be leaving the Pentagon, when the thought should be how many more of these moles have infiltrated our government? Let’s not forget that female FBI agent who was connected to Hezbollah. I find this all very frightening that our government is full of stupid bureaucrats that just don’t get it. How many more 9/11’s do we have to have before the idiots wake up? Islam is the problem period. What are we going to do when one is elected to the Presidency, which could happen in November? Obama’s middle name is Hussein and his father is a militant Muslim. I’m not so sure he’s truly converted to Christianity either. Moles come in many disguises.

  66. says

    from the article: “But as a result of the ensuing firestorm that played out in the conservative press – led by Washington Times Pentagon reporter Bill Gertz – Islam was put under a microscope…”

    For a brief moment, until I finished the end of the sentence, my heart sang when I thought they meant that Islam, The Religion, was put under a microscope!

  67. says

    Halleluyah! Speaking up does help. A few days after you guys posted the news about Coughlin on jihadwatch, I called the White House and the DOD. I let them know how upset I was and how foolish they were. I have great faith that thousands like me spoke up too. God Bless America!