Theodore's World: Obama’s Counter Terror Czar John Brennan Storms Out of Washington Times Office When Confronted On His Radical Positions

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August 25, 2010

Obama’s Counter Terror Czar John Brennan Storms Out of Washington Times Office When Confronted On His Radical Positions

WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices

The Washington Times

On June 24, WH counterterrorism adviser John Brennan visited the Washington Times Editorial Board and then he storms out of Washington Times offices .

In February Barack Obama’s radical counter terror czar John Brennan said that 20% recidivism rate for Gitmo detainees was not that bad. In May adviser John Brennan called Jerusalem “Al Quds.” He also said that “jihad was a legitimate tenet of Islam.”

When confronted about his controversial positions at a meeting in June, John Brennan stormed out of the office.

Mr. Brennan had visited the Washington Times Editorial Board on June 24 as a result of a June 11 Washington Times editorial he objected to. It did not take long for the White House counter-terrorism adviser to lose his temper with our editorial board’s questions regarding what he previously said about individuals who become terrorists.

Mr. Brennan cut the meeting short and stormed out of our offices thereafter following a question posed by senior editorial writer Jim Robbins (transcript and video below). Referring to a quote Mr. Brennan said in May, calling jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” Mr. Robbins looked to discuss the concept of jihad further with the Obama administration adviser.

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.


From the Video above:......TRANSCRIPT:

TWT: You mentioned jihad, for example, and would you agree with the lesser and greater and lesser jihad framework? I mean, that’s pretty standard.

BRENNAN: Sure, it is...absolutely.

TWT: Can you give me an example of a jihad in history? Like, has there ever been a armed jihad anywhere in history? Has it ever existed for real, or is it just a concept?

BRENNAN: Absolutely it has.

TWT: Example?

BRENNAN: I’m not going to go into this sort of history discussion here.

TWT: But it’s important to frame the concept, because we want to say that what al-Qaeda is doing is not jihad. They say it is, and Abdul Azzam has said, in fact, ‘there’s not even a greater jihad.’ That that’s just a myth—that hadith didn’t even really happen. That there’s only armed jihad. Ayatollah Khomeini said ‘there is only armed jihad, and it would be useful to be able to characterize or to contrast what they’re doing and what they claim against a legitimate armed jihad in the past.

BRENNAN: I think we’ve finished. I have to get going.

Mr. Brennan left our offices immediately after that exchange.


Wild Thing's comment.......

This guy is truly a whackjob! Can’t even sit and have a civil conversation with the Infidels.

Obama and all those connected to him are such an insult to our country. I will never stop being shocked at the kind of person Obama is and all his pals. How can this happen that so many would vote for obama and want his stupid change....why change something that has been so awesome ( the best country in the world). It just sickens me to see this happening.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 25, 2010 07:45 AM


I wouldn't say un-hinged but the screws holding them in are loose. That seems to be a pattern here of everyone in this administration they are all about a cup and saucer short of a complete set. This has got to send the wrong message to our enemies. With mis statemets , mis quotes, mis deeds and general confusion. And then we have this MB muslim Imam Rauf representing the United States State department, they have the whole world confused.

Posted by: Mark at August 25, 2010 08:28 AM

What a refreshing thing to see.

A journalist, asking pertinent, probing questions, in order to get to the truth and heart of the matter. Not some MSM flunky reading from a pre-prepared list of questions.

Supposed expert in the field. When confronted squirms and wiggles, and eventually, leaves the room. Anyone else see a pattern here? Think Napolitano, think Holder, think any of the Czars.

Got to tell you folks, if stuff like this doesn't tell you how this Administration thinks, and how they respect the will of the people, then you are not paying close enought attention.

Posted by: Sean at August 25, 2010 10:51 AM

What a jerk.

Posted by: BobF at August 25, 2010 08:52 PM

Thanks everyone.

Sean I agree, it is refreshing to see that.He did great and really kept after him too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 25, 2010 11:40 PM

I guess that I am older because I remember jerks like this in the LBJ and Carter administrations. The one thing that makes me hopeful is that things like this only go out a couple of times a year then. Now it is several times a week and it stays on Facebook or other Internet archive.

Posted by: Avitar at August 26, 2010 03:04 AM