Dean Barnett has posted a piece regarding the National Intelligence Estimate which is worth your time. An excerpt:
The Estimate offers the following nugget of analysis:
Four underlying factors are fueling the spread of the jihadist movement: (1) Entrenched grievances, such as corruption, injustice, and fear of Western domination, leading to anger, humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness; (2) the Iraq .jihad;. (3) the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations; and (4) pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims – all of which jihadists exploit.
Do you notice anything lacking in that summation? I bet you do. Is it not fairly remarkable that The Estimate does not see as one of the “underlying factors fueling the spread of the jihadist movement” anything that has to do with Islam? By completely ignoring the Islamic component of Jihad, the Intelligence Community leads us to no other conclusion than that its collective head is buried deep within its collective arse.
ONE MIGHT ASK WHETHER the intelligence community ignores the issue of Islam because it straitjackets itself with political correctness or because of mere obtuseness. Ultimately, though, who cares? This is the best our intelligence community can do, and it is worthless.
As citizens, we should exercise the good sense to ignore such a report. And let us hope the administration has the same reaction.
Mr. Barnett also writes “If this is the best our intelligence community can produce, we might consider shutting the whole intelligence system down and instead funneling the funds saved into crash Arabic lessons for the American populace.” Don’t wait for the government to act on this. Each of us have a responsibility to learn as much as we can about this enemy. Go out and read. Start here: