Radical islamists and their fellow travelers, that’s who.
News of President-elect Donald Trump’s national security picks set off fresh tremors across the Islamic world on Friday as Middle Eastern allies and Muslim American groups prepared to face advisers and potential Cabinet members noted for harshly anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The naming of Trump’s picks for attorney general, CIA director and national security adviser drew public condemnations from Muslim civil rights groups as well as private expressions of concern from several Arab states that cooperate closely with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. Some current and former government officials worried that the appointments could reinforce perceptions among the world’s Muslims that the United States is at war against Islam itself.
American civil rights organizations and faith leaders said Friday they were disturbed by Trump’s appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to be his top national security adviser. Flynn, a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has repeatedly referred to Islam as “a cancer,” claimed that a “fear of Muslims is rational” and warned — despite a lack of evidence — that Sharia or Islamic law is spreading throughout the United States.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the president-elect’s designee for attorney general, has supported Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and has suggested that a “toxic ideology” lies at the root of Islam. And Rep. Mike Pompeo — Trump’s pick for CIA director — has co-sponsored a bill to ban the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egypt-based Islamist organization that conspiracy theorists on America’s far right have accused of plotting to infiltrate the government.
And wherever you have islamists with tightly wadded panties your are sure to find the fat toad of radical islam, himself, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper:
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, likened such views to a “kind of raw bigotry that would disqualify anyone from serving in public office.”
“Why it’s okay to be an anti-Muslim bigot and have a powerful post in the administration is a mystery,” Hooper said. Of Flynn, whom Hooper described as “beyond the pale,” he said: “He should not be in public office. We can only imagine what policies will flow from the fact that he believes Islam is a cancer, and that he’s been at war with Islam.”
Flynn, it seems, has characterized Islam as a political movement masquerading as a religion. I don’t know why this is controversial when it is sort of how Islam operates in actual practice. Jeff Sessions wants to limit Syrian immigration which now qualifies as racism. Pompeo, racist redneck that he is, has criticized the US muslim community for inaction in weeding out individuals who are committed to violence. And it is hard to look at the series of attacks by muslims on US soil in support of various permutations of radical islam and disagree with him.
The fact that the whole network of islamofascists and their enablers who have been given free access to the White House and Homeland Security is pissed off leads me to the conclusion that Trump is on the right track with these appointments.