Senator John McCain’s ill-advised and uninformed intrusion into a subject he has failed to examine is alarming in the extreme. Sad to say, this behavior on Senator McCain’s part is an example of the Republican Party at its stumbling worst — rampaging inside the tent instead of performing the due diligence required for our country’s security.
The following is a press release [edited and expanded for the purposes of Gates of Vienna blog post] issued by the Center for Security Policy. Their careful response to McCain’s ill-informed statements needs to be promulgated far and wide. The Senator’s status as a public servant does not protect him from the folly of failing to attend to our safety.
[The emphases below are mine — Dymphna]
July 18, 2012,Washington, D.C.
[Today] Senator John McCain weighed in on an intensifying controversy concerning the influence being exercised within the U.S. government by Muslim Brotherhood-associated individuals and organizations. In his remarks, the Arizona legislator assailed five of his House colleagues — Congressional Representatives Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Rooney. In addition, he criticized a video curriculum available on line and produced by the Center for Security Policy, The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.
Unfortunately, in so doing, Sen. McCain made clear that he:
- had not actually reviewed the curriculum;
- was unfamiliar with its extensive documentation of a stealthy “civilization jihad” being mounted against this country, its civil society institutions and government;
- and misrepresented its findings.
By contrast, with the benefit of that resource and their own extensive research, the Representatives [named above] wrote the State Department Inspector General, Ambassador Harold Geisel, making the factual observation that his agency has recently adopted a number of policies that are “enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.” They went on to characterize those policies as ones that are “deeply problematic and may even pose security risks for this nation, its people and interests.”
[The five Members of Congress also sent the letter to the Inspectors General of other key agencies: the Department of Justice; the Department of Defense; the Department of Homeland Security; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.]
The five legislators requested that the Inspector General “conduct a formal investigation or evaluation of the extent to which Muslim Brotherhood-tied individuals and entities have helped achieve the adoption of these State Department actions and policies or are involved in their execution.”
One of those actions brought to Departments’ attention was the Secretary of State’s February 2010 visit to Dar Al-Hekma College in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. On that occasion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demonstrated her support for the views and achievements of the college’s founder, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin, the mother of Mrs. Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin.
In the interest of exploring Dr. Abedin’s policy recommendations, the Center for Security Policy today extended to her the attached invitation to participate in a dialogue. A particular focus of this dialogue would be to illuminate attitudes towards shariah espoused by the organization with which Dr. Abedin has long been associated: the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child. She has also been identified as a leader in Saudi Arabia of the Muslim Sisterhood.
The Center for Security Policy President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. said,
“Congresswoman Bachmann and her colleagues have rendered a tremendous public service by raising an alarm about the dangers posed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘civilization jihad.’ Far from being chastised for doing so, by Sen. McCain or others, they should be applauded and aided in their efforts to have the extent of Brotherhood influence operations properly investigated by Inspectors General and/or congressional committees. We very much hope that a conversation with Dr. Abedin will help inform such deliberations.”
The Center’s invitation letter to Dr. Abedin is available here [pdf].
To CSP’s press release, let me add:
Senator McCain’s long service to his country is not in question here. What is most troubling is the use of his position to besmirch the efforts of these members of Congress who are performing the due diligence he has so alarmingly failed to carry out in the Senate. At the very least, he could have his staff educate themselves about the rate of takeover of our bureaucracy and our cultural institutions by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Surely the Senator did not have some of the best years of his life stolen away by a totalitarian Communist regime only to hand it over to another totalitarian supremacist ideology?
This cannot stand.