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    FOXNews.com - White House Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'
    Published May 27, 2010 | FOXNews.com

    The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.

    During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

    He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan's title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word "terrorism" in it. But then Brennan said that the word "jihad" should not be applied either.

    "Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children," Brennan said.

    The technical, broadest definition of jihad is a "struggle" in the name of Islam and the term does not connote "holy war" for all Muslims. However, jihad frequently connotes images of military combat or warfare, and some of the world's most wanted terrorists including Usama bin Laden commonly use the word to call for war against the West.

    Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Laden's Al Qaeda network and "its terrorist affiliates."

    But Brennan argued that it would be "counterproductive" for the United States to use the term, as it would "play into the false perception" that the "murderers" leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a "holy cause."

    "Moreover, describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism -- that the United States is somehow at war against Islam," he said.

    The comment comes after Brennan, in a February speech in which he described his respect for the tolerance and devotion of Middle Eastern nations, referred to Jerusalem on first reference by its Arabic name, Al-Quds.

    "In all my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together," Brennan said at an event co-sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Islamic Center at New York University and the Islamic Law Students Association at NYU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Wife & Mom View Post
    FOXNews.com - White House Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'
    Published May 27, 2010 | FOXNews.com

    The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.

    During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

    He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" -- though Brennan's title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word "terrorism" in it. But then Brennan said that the word "jihad" should not be applied either.

    "Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children," Brennan said.

    The technical, broadest definition of jihad is a "struggle" in the name of Islam and the term does not connote "holy war" for all Muslims. However, jihad frequently connotes images of military combat or warfare, and some of the world's most wanted terrorists including Usama bin Laden commonly use the word to call for war against the West.

    Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Laden's Al Qaeda network and "its terrorist affiliates."

    But Brennan argued that it would be "counterproductive" for the United States to use the term, as it would "play into the false perception" that the "murderers" leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a "holy cause."

    "Moreover, describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by Al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism -- that the United States is somehow at war against Islam," he said.

    The comment comes after Brennan, in a February speech in which he described his respect for the tolerance and devotion of Middle Eastern nations, referred to Jerusalem on first reference by its Arabic name, Al-Quds.

    "In all my travels the city I have come to love most is al-Quds, Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together," Brennan said at an event co-sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Islamic Center at New York University and the Islamic Law Students Association at NYU.
    Mr Brennan has an impressive listing of experience.
    CEO of The Analysis Corporation
    Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
    Interim director, National Counterterrorism Center[9]
    Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center
    Deputy Executive Director, CIA
    Chief of Staff to Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
    Chief of Station, Middle East, CIA (1996 - 1999)
    Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
    Deputy Director, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
    Daily Intelligence Briefer at the White House, CIA
    Deputy Division Chief, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
    Chief of Analysis, DCI's Counterterrorism Center, CIA
    Middle East Specialist and Terrorism Analyst, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA
    Political Officer, U.S. Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of State
    Career Trainee, Directorate of Operations, CIA.
    [edit] Education
    B.A., Political Science, Fordham University, including a year abroad studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at American University in Cairo.
    M.A., government, with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

    One does need to remember that the middle east as been at war for at least a thousand years.

    MotherJOHNSON, what point are you trying to make here?

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    Mr. Brennan appears to be an asshat.
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    So, he's another political hack who consumes tax money and has never held a real job for anybody that actually produces anything!

    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    Mr Brennan has an impressive listing of experience.
    CEO of The Analysis Corporation
    Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
    Interim director, National Counterterrorism Center[9]
    Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center
    Deputy Executive Director, CIA
    Chief of Staff to Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
    Chief of Station, Middle East, CIA (1996 - 1999)
    Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, CIA
    Deputy Director, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
    Daily Intelligence Briefer at the White House, CIA
    Deputy Division Chief, Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, CIA
    Chief of Analysis, DCI's Counterterrorism Center, CIA
    Middle East Specialist and Terrorism Analyst, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA
    Political Officer, U.S. Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Department of State
    Career Trainee, Directorate of Operations, CIA.
    [edit] Education
    B.A., Political Science, Fordham University, including a year abroad studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at American University in Cairo.
    M.A., government, with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

    One does need to remember that the middle east as been at war for at least a thousand years.

    MotherJOHNSON, what point are you trying to make here?
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    I dont think I could be any more disappointed in this administraion; sad and disgusting as it is, this comes as no surprise.

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    Where DO these people come from? Assign their sorry asses to a Mid-East outpost in say, Tikrit, and let them play in the sand with the "jihadists" for awhile. Then, see what they're definition is. To think our tax dollars supports these fools angers me to no end.
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    We can't call our enemies "terrorists" when one of their short-term goals is the creation of terror?
    We can't call our enemies "jihadists" when that is the term they use for themselves?

    Fits the pattern. We aren't supposed to call 0bama what he is, either.

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    This is all very complex.

    Although this man is clearly an east coast liberal, he does have some impressive creditials.

    When I first heard this on TV, I was in shock. Then I read about what he was saying. It is clear to me.

    The middle east has been at war for at least 2 thousand years. There is no black and white. No Simple answer for anything.
    Conventional thinking does not work.

    Using ultra Christian, and uber conservative logic when dealing with middle eastern fanatics does not work.

    Wolf sez:
    "We can't call our enemies "terrorists" when one of their short-term goals is the creation of terror?
    We can't call our enemies "jihadists" when that is the term they use for themselves?
    Fits the pattern. We aren't supposed to call 0bama what he is, either."

    Wolf, why do some Afro-american's call each other the N word, and if others do, it is considered offensive?
    Wolf, what are you trying to say about your president, Mr. Obama?

    My question is, now what do we call these mostly middle eastern wack-a-doo's who wish to kill Americans, so they can go on to their reward of 97 dark eyed virgins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
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    Wolf sez:
    "We can't call our enemies "terrorists" when one of their short-term goals is the creation of terror?
    We can't call our enemies "jihadists" when that is the term they use for themselves?
    Fits the pattern. We aren't supposed to call 0bama what he is, either."

    Wolf, why do some Afro-american's call each other the N word, and if others do, it is considered offensive?
    Wolf, what are you trying to say about your president, Mr. Obama?

    My question is, now what do we call these mostly middle eastern wack-a-doo's who wish to kill Americans, so they can go on to their reward of 97 dark eyed virgins?
    I don't know. Why is there a Miss Black America contest that Caucasian women can't enter?
    What I implied about your president has been the subject of several threads in this forum already.
    Their religion actually only promises them 72, not 97. What we can do about it is follow an old Marine philosophy and start providing "transportation" to their Paradise. Since Islam rewards death in its service, we should help them get their reward.
    Last edited by wolfhunter; 05-29-2010 at 02:09 PM. Reason: Answers to quote were improperly placed

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    Concur completely Wolfhunter, I'll volunteer to assist in sending them on their way for a reward. Whoa be to me for not helping another religion get their just reward. Nice Quote from Ayn Rand.

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