Diana West: Admiral Mullen Speaks On Koran At Hoover Institute – And Knows Not What It Says

Admiral Mike Mullen (photo dianawest.net)

We’ve listened for just about nine years, two months and fourteen days to upper echelon political officials (including George W. Bush) and high-ranking members of the armed forces feed us milk-toast and pabulum about Islam and the Koran.  The state of denial in the Pentagon about the true nature of codified Muslim doctrine is not getting better – it’s getting much worse.

 Today Diana West of the Washington Examiner covers an astounding speech given last weekend by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  If anything is illustrative of the delusions under which our troops are fighting and dying, it is here:

 http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1580/Who-Briefs-This-Man.aspx

 “Let’s assume Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs,  knows his way around a battleship. However, he clearly doesn’t know his way through the Koran. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have made such a fool of himself this past weekend at the Hoover Institution where he pressed literacy as a “new” deterrent to jihad because the potential “extremist” will then “understand the Koran for what it is and not merely what his mullah tells him it is.”

No record of anyone present crying out, “For God’s sake, man, have you a brain?” or harrumphing noticeably.

From The Hill, via Weasel Zippers:

Adm. Mike Mullen, in a speech at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban and al-Qaida can be deterred by the threat of retaliation, but efforts to attack the basis of extremism were essential through support of education and development.

“Attacking the humiliation, the hopelessness, the illiteracy and abject poverty which lie at the core of the attraction to extremist thought will do more to turn the tide against terrorism than anything else,” the chairman said. “We can continue to hunt and kill their leaders, and we will. But when a person learns to read, he enters a gateway toward independent education and thought. He becomes more capable, more employable, and enjoys a sense of purpose in his life.

“He will understand the Koran for what it is and not merely what his mullah tells him it is, who is equally uneducated,” Mullen continued. “He can raise his children to a higher standard of living than the one he knew, an aspiration shared by parents around the world. And his wife will help him prevent the despair that might lead a child of theirs into the arms of al-Qaida or the Taliban.”

It’s too easy just to flag such ignorance born of a stubborn, reckless and at some point criminal disregard for Islamic ideology; indeed, I’ve compiled a partial catalogue of Mullen and his mates’ political correctness-as-military-strategy.

What I want to know is who briefs this man? Who presses him to spout this non-sense about the  Koran?”

 Indeed. 

 For the denial and ignorance of the written mandates that drive jihad to have continued thus far into this very old war is beyond astonishing.  I cannot find a word that adequately describes either the obstinate stupidity or the deliberate obfuscation of what the book actually says that we have been force-fed for going on ten long years.  Take your choice.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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