Andy Bostom has it all here.
First and foremost, Rep. Myrick confirms that Major Coughlin will now be retained by the DOD, and “…associated with another office program within the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he will continue to spread his message.”
The Congresswoman, one of the handful of stalwart individuals on jihadism in either the House or Senate, also highlights in her statement, the seriousness of what she terms, “…the nature of the radical Islamist enemy that we face today and how they are seeking to infiltrate all elements of our society.”
Rep. Myrick further lavishes deserving praise upon Major Coughlin’s thesis, “Major Coughlin’s thesis must be read by everyone responsible for ensuring the safety of America,” for which we now learn he has been retained, and arguably even promoted, within the DOD.
But Congresswoman Myrick’s statement also evidences a curious if not disturbing cognitive dissonance about her expressed concern over jihadist “infiltration,” when it comes to Hesham Islam. Specifically, the Congresswoman:
- without adducing any hard evidence to contradict Bill Gertz’s steadfast, repeated allegations blithely dismisses Hesham Islam’s putative role in Coughlin’s reported travails, including the failure torenew Coughlin’s original contract, i.e., his reported firing
- ignores the ensuing investigative report by Claudia Rosett about Mr. Islam’s (apparently tendentious) biography originally described by the DOD (and then removed from the DOD website)
- ignores Mr. Islam’s role in “outreach” to jihadist sympathizers/potential abettors, including facilitating meetings with such persons within DOD, as reported by Steve Emerson
- and ignores Mr. Islam’s intellectually shoddy, unhinged 1992 thesis which epitomizes the bigoted and paranoid jihadist tendency to frame any efforts to counter jihad encroachments in the
Middle East, in particular, as the machinations of a nefarious Jewish cabal
Sadly, Rep. Myrick apparently chooses to ignore a man who seems to embody the very process of “infiltration” about which she claims to be so concerned.
Read all of Bostom.