This is part of the reason why we are in such a fix: because children are dictating the direction of counterterror policy. Nor is this problem restricted to counterterrorism: we now have a military and diplomatic culture in which it is forbidden for the United States to have “enemies” or to refer to those who are at war with us by that term. Thus we have seen the United States Secretary of State and Generals at the top of the chain of command talking like fifth graders, referring to the “bad guys” we are fighting.
Meanwhile, because of politically correct restrictions on telling the truth about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, mediocrities with the same infantile mentality rise to positions of responsibility and influence, because they reflect the views and opinions that are deemed respectable. The same phenomenon prevails in the larger culture, so that we have an immature, foul-mouthed creep like Reza Aslan being treated as a knowledgeable and respected pundit, and serious news articles quoting mainstream counterterror analysts talking like fifth graders and making analogies to childrens’ movies.
This is not surprising coming from McCants in particular, who shares Aslan’s taste for Twitter abuse and who contemptuously dismisses (without bothering to refute it, of course) the idea that Islamic texts and teachings could conceivably inspire violence, or that the nonsense he gets fed by people like Aslan (who is a Board member of a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran) might be worth examining critically. No wonder he has risen so high in today’s politically correct counterterror establishment.
WASHINGTON “” U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa….
“It’s crazy pants — you can quote me,” said Will McCants, a former State Department adviser on counterterrorism who this month joins the Brookings Saban Center as the director of its project on U.S. relations with the Islamic world….
“It’s not completely random, but most people are, like, “˜Whaaat?” ” said Aaron Zelin, who researches militants for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and blogs about them at Jihadology.net
“I”m not going to argue that it’s not willy-nilly, but it’s hard for me to come down too critical because I simply don’t know their reasoning,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a counterterrorism specialist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington research institute….
“I”ve been ignoring all of it because there’s an infinite range of possibilities,” said Gartenstein-Ross. “It would be like speculating on the reboot of the “˜Star Wars” series.”…
“Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts,” by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin for the Daily Beast, August 7:
“This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom,” one U.S. intelligence officer told The Daily Beast, referring to the coalition of villains featured in the Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends.