The Department of Homeland Security released two documents that discuss strategy over the next four years. The documents do not once mention Islam (or any variant). Shocking or just another ‘to be expected from this administration’?
The 108-page Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, made public last week by the Department of Homeland Security, uses the term “terrorist” a total of 66 times, “al Qaeda” five times and “violent extremism” or “extremist” 14 times. It calls on the U.S. government to “actively engage communities across the United States” to “stop the spread of violent extremism.”
Yet in describing terrorist threats against the United States and the ideology that motivates terrorists, the review – like its sister document from the Pentagon, the Quadrennial Defense Review – does not use the words “Islam,” “Islamic” or “Islamist” a single time.Sen Susan Collins (R-ME) who is the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is not pleased.
“To understand a threat and counter it, we must know our enemy,” said Ms. Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “While there are other threats to our national security from other types of violent extremism, the gravest threat comes from Islamist extremists. … In a review such as this, it is critical that we identify and address the specific threat posed by Islamist extremism.”
Ms. Collins noted that the publicly available portions of the recent Pentagon report on the attack at Fort Hood also did not use terms related to Islam. “We shouldn’t be reluctant to identify our enemy,” she said.And her views are not unique.
Patrick Poole, a counterterrorism consultant to government and law enforcement agencies, said the documents reveal a “culture of willful blindness that continues to grow” within senior levels of government.
“For our military, intelligence, and homeland security agencies to continue to ignore the short- and long-term strategic threat from jihadist groups, and the radical Islamic ideology that fuels them, is nothing less than a dereliction of duty,” Mr. Poole said.
“The current administration seems hellbent on doubling down on the previous administration’s failure to comprehend this threat, and there are American citizens and armed service members [who] are going to die as a result.”I’m not sure what more there is to say, really. The Jammie Wearing Fool blog takes it one step further.
Don’t let it be said the Obama administration is reluctant to identify their enemies. Just look at their failed wars against Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
Harsh, perhaps, but if the Obama administration didn’t want such observations to be made they should be more professional and less partisan in their behavior.