Fifty of the nation’s leading security minds, all of whom have had “situation room” exposure at one time or another, have signed a public statement opposing Donald Trump’s presidential bid on the grounds that he “lacks the temperament to be president.” Branding themselves as “centrists,” the group includes former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, and Eric Edelman, who was former vice president Dick Cheney’s national security adviser. It also includes two Homeland Security secretaries under Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president, U.S. trade representative, and deputy secretary of state.
The statement obliquely questions Hillary Clinton’s fitness for office, couched in a way that discreetly provides her with a safe zone by creating a “junior varsity” category of Hillary’s “recklessness.”
It’s not the oversized double standard that stands out as much as the fact that not a single one of these esteemed judges of character has ever expended an ounce of energy to formulate a strategy to deal with radical Islam. Despite their previous positions of influence and power, our safe zone grantors have chosen instead to perpetuate the misguided policy of uncoupling jihadist violence from its 1,400-year-old Islamic roots, turning a blind eye to the burgeoning institutional and cultural infrastructure in our midst.
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he has done more than any other public figure to put this glaring incongruity front and center. The more we learn about Khizr Khan (the Gold Star dad) and his professional involvement with Sharia law and Muslim immigration, especially from Saudi Arabia, the more it discredits Trump’s critics. Over the last decade Khan, as an influential Washington, D.C. attorney, has insidiously erected a web of immigration infrastructure that has been used to grease the immigration process of Saudi nationals, especially those who embrace the ultra-extremist Wahhabist doctrine. Khan also co-founded the highly inflammatory Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law that advocates for Sharia and is linked to the Islamic Center of Geneva, Switzerland, an arm of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.
The massive, hidden underside of the radical Islamist iceberg is sustained by people like Khizr Khan who exploit the uncritical blanket of constitutionally protected religious freedom to infiltrate Western cultural institutions and political infrastructure.
In challenging Khan’s legitimacy, Donald Trump truly shattered the mother of all glass ceilings, while trouncing the venerated nifty-fifty safe-zone grantors. It should be disturbing that Trump seems to be the only one who grasps the imminence and magnitude of the threat of Islamic terrorism to American lives.
Ironically WPTV showed an image Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen sitting behind Hillary Clinton’s podium at a campaign event near Orlando. Mr. Mateen is an outspoken supporter of the Taliban and the imposition of Sharia law. Just before the Orlando massacre Mateen was recorded uttering the “G-d will deal with gays” epithet.
Mateen has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. It will be interesting to see if any of the nifty-fifty safe-zone grantors call on Clinton to denounce Mateen’s endorsement. I wouldn’t hold my breath.