The Right Tool for the Job – The Right Person for the Job
National security is a great concern for most Americans; especially with
so many unqualified people appointed or nominated to critical, sensitive
positions. The FEMA debacle following Hurricane Katrina immediately leaps to
mind. But the one aspect of this that seems to pervade the entire Bush
Administration is the seeming inability to place the most qualified people in
the right positions.
appointment of Michael Brown as head of FEMA, a man with little, if any,
disaster experience, was practically a guarantee of chaos when a major disaster
struck; natural or man-made.
But he is not
unique. The nomination of Ms. Miers to the Supreme Court also raised concerns.
While there are precedents where Justices have been appointed with no judicial
background, it is a different world today than it was 40, or even 20years ago.
Appointees to the Supreme Court should be required to have a minimum number of
years on the bench, preferably a federal bench, before they even qualify for
I may be
mistaken, but I always believed the primary function of this Court was to rule
on matters of Constitutional Law – not the practice of corporate law; which
seems to be the only qualification Ms. Miers possessed. I could never take any
ruling on Constitutional Law, made by a corporate lawyer with no judiciary
experience, very seriously at all. I doubt anyone could.
Yet this does
not concern me as much as inexperienced people in positions which can seriously
jeopardize our national security.
On 10 August,
2005 the Washington Post reported that FBI Director Robert Mueller had selected
Gary Bald to head the FBI’s new spy agency – the National Security Service
(NSS) (officially; the Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch,
pending final approval of the new organizational structure).
Mr. Bald has virtually no knowledge or experience with terrorism, and
even less with Islam and Middle East. When the
Post asked if he had much knowledge of Middle East
culture and history, he replied, “I wish that I had it. It would be nice.”
Nice? It is crucial!
Mueller defended his selection of Bald on the virtually anorexic argument that
he had run the Baltimore
field office which had a terrorism “program” and had run the DC
investigation. A program? Many colleges offer terrorism “programs”. Does this
qualify graduates to head up a sensitive national security agency or
As for running
the DC Sniper investigation, I fail to see how this, in any way, qualifies him
to conduct counter-terrorism operations. This was one man and a kid. John Allen
Muhammad may have been a Muslim, and certainly a murderer, but he was no
Sleeper Cell leader, or even a member of one. And he was certainly not planning
another 9/11. The only reason the FBI was involved at all is because Muhammad’s
killing spree crossed state lines. Nothing in that entire investigation would
qualify Mr. Bald to hold this position, or to conduct counter-terrorism
According to Mueller, “Running the office gave him some exposure to
terrorism” and that this would “contribute to his ability to handle
counterterrorism.” These statements are ludicrous and cast serious doubts on
the FBI’s ability to adequately and effectively protect this country, its
citizens, and its interests – at home or abroad. This is not the time for OJT
in a critical position like this; especially since Director Mueller’s own
comments seem to indicate that Gary Bald would receive little if any direct supervision
article also reported that Director Mueller, and other top officials, stated
that it is leadership skill and not subject matter knowledge that is important.
This comment seriously damages Director Mueller’s own credibility. In my 20
years in the Navy there were many officers and senior petty officers I could
find no respect for, had no confidence in, and some I even held in contempt
because they would assign tasks to people that I knew they were totally
incapable of carrying out themselves.
to my first leadership position I made it a point to learn as much as possible
about any task that might have to be assigned within my area of responsibility.
I followed that philosophy for the next 16 years – until retirement – and in
doing so I earned the respect and loyalty of nearly everyone who ever worked
A true leader
must instill confidence if he, or she, is to have the whole-hearted support,
trust, confidence and respect of those he leads. A leader who has no idea of
the challenges his people face, who simply gives orders without any knowledge
or understanding of the difficulties that may be faced and no real, practical
knowledge of the task itself, is no leader. Some knowledge and experience of
the job is integral to good leadership skills. You can not be an effective
leader otherwise. How can you be effective if you have no idea of what is
involved in the first place?
important is one of the cardinal rules of warfare – know your enemy. How can
Mr. Bald hope to conduct effective counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda
and other Islamists when he has no clue about Middle Eastern cultures or
history, or of Islam? The answer is – he can not.
I have merely
used Messrs. Brown and Bald, and Ms. Miers, as examples to illustrate what I
see as a political chess game in Washington
at the expense of our national security and which I am certain will exact a
very high price in more American lives and property in the future.
For many years
I, and others, have recognized the dangers of Islam. Its ultimate, often stated
goal is nothing less than complete world domination.
almost got it right on 06 October, 2005 when he accused Islamic militants of
seeking to “enslave whole nations and intimidate the world.” But he, like the
politically-correct liberal dupes, still don’t get it. If by Islamic militants
Mr. Bush meant those who use guns and bombs, then he is nearly correct – but
In and of
itself Islam is a fascist, militaristic ideology. Anyone who has read the Koran
would know this. But the Koran must also be compared with Adolf Hitler’s
autobiography – Mein Kampf. The ideology of both are nearly identical –
although Islam is far more sinister than Nazism in its methods.
It has also
been brought to my attention that there were several people on the White House
Homeland Security Advisory Committee at one time who understood this threat.
That was nearly a year ago. Today all of those people are gone – reassigned.
There is no longer anyone there with any understanding of Islam and the threat
it presents to the entire western world. The primary target of this threat is,
of course, the United States.
No western country will survive long on its own if the United States is destroyed.
religion commands its followers to kill non-believers and includes specific
instructions to “smite their heads” from their bodies. It also states
“Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.”
believe the time is near for a global caliphate, governed by one man to be
chosen by Allah, to dominate the world under Islam.
Muslims do not
believe in separation of church and state. By its very nature Islam is a
politico-religious ideology in which church and state are one and the same and
all political decisions are based on the Koran and other Islamic teachings.
Under Islam only the Caliph, chosen by Allah, will have the wisdom and the
blessings of Allah and the Prophet to make political decisions based on Islamic
teachings and Sharia law.
negates democracy in any form because an elected leader can not possibly be
appointed by Allah and would make him, at the very least, a pretender or, at
worst, an apostate. Under Islamic law the punishment for apostasy is death.
Islam does not
recognize democracy by the western definition. It is as alien to Islam as
little green men from Mars would be to us. They pay it lip service because the
Koran says that lying to a non-believer is not lying at all – merely a means to
an end. Islamic democracy means all Muslims are equal under Allah – not the
state – except for non-Muslims who are looked upon as second-class citizens and
are treated accordingly.
In the Province of Ontario
the Muslim community very nearly introduced Sharia law with the help of Ontario’s misguided,
liberal Premier – Dalton McGuinty. Although it failed this time, Islam is
already changing the west – and our cultures and beliefs – just by its very
presence. The march toward the global caliphate is well underway as western
governments and liberals hide their heads in the sand of political correctness,
or readjust their blinders so they can’t see what they don’t want to see. Our
own values, cultures, religious celebrations and customs are being eroded and,
in many cases, even being forbidden in the politically correct atmosphere of
placating the sensitivities of the followers of Islam whose only goal is our
complete and final subjugation, and the total destruction of all those who
refuse to submit.
Just look at
the stink because an American soldier allegedly kicked a Koran by accident at
Gitmo. At least 10 people died in riots and protests around the world. The fact
that it never happened, and the story was retracted by both Newsweek and its
source, made no difference to Muslims – it simply provided a convenient excuse
for further killing and destruction and for even more uninformed, deranged
condemnations against the “Great Satan.”
But where are
the riots and protests and the liberal talking heads on the banning of the
Christian bible in nearly all Middle Eastern countries? Particularly Saudi Arabia
where bibles and other non-Islamic religious symbols are not only banned, but
the mere possession of them is a criminal offense punishable by death and they
are confiscated and destroyed at all points of entry? Non-Islamic religious
gatherings in Saudi Arabia
are routinely raided and people deported or imprisoned for practicing any
religion but the state religion of the extreme Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam. The
mere possession of a Christian bible in Saudi
Arabia carries the death penalty; though this seems to be
reserved for Muslim apostates – like 23-year-old Sadeq Mallallah who was
beheaded in public in Saudi
Arabia in 1993 on a charge of apostasy
because he owned a bible. Even other Muslims are forbidden to worship unless
they worship according to the practices of Wahhabism.
Where is the
indignant Muslim outrage at this? Is this the “tolerance” they claim is a tenet
of Islam? And where are the liberal apologists? They are all conspicuously
silent in this matter. It may be just as well; otherwise the brain-dead
liberals would find a way to blame America
or Israel, or both, for the
criminalization of the bible throughout the Middle East.
In the liberal
backyard is a school that was recently awarded the Blue Ribbon for Excellence
by the US Department of Education – The New Horizons School of Pasadena. New
Horizons is funded by the Wahhabist Islamic Society of North America; the same
extremist sect that is the state religion of Saudi Arabia and from which they
receive their funding. The goal of Wahhabi in this country is to turn the United States
into an Islamic Wahhabi state.
Islam will settle for nothing less than complete world domination, on
its own terms, and will use any and all means available; including every form
of deception and violence as permitted, prescribed, and commanded by the Koran.
the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed, there are only three choices for
Convert or submit completely to Islam. A convert, or those who submit, are second-class
citizens and are not entitled to most of the “privileges” of those born into
Islam – including equality within Islam,
Slavery. Those who
refuse to submit to Islam or be converted can also be sold into slavery, or;
Death. The only
other option for those who refuse to convert or submit and are not sold into
slavery is death.
When will the
government and liberal ostriches wake up to this threat? When 105mm Howitzers
are pounding the bejassus out of Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial, and
other symbols of our national heritage, identity and culture like they did to
the Giant Buddhas in Afghanistan
five years ago?
The facts are
indisputable. Islam declared war on the United States over 200 years ago –
long before there were any groups like al-Qaeda, Hamas, Ansar al-Sunnah, etc.
us first. They were called the “Barbary Pirates” and that war was called “The
Tripolitan War” (1801-1805).
States of Tunis, Morocco, Algeria
and Tripoli demanded, and received tribute (a
polite term for “protection racket”) from every country whose merchant ships
plied the Mediterranean. When the U.S.
missed a few payments our ships were hijacked, cargoes confiscated, and the
crews held for ransom or sold into slavery.
The attack on
the USS Cole in Aden
in 2000 was not the first Muslim attack on an American warship. On 31 October,
1803 the frigate USS Philadelphia, under Capt. William Bainbridge, ran aground
harbor. Faced with overwhelming odds, Capt. Bainbridge was forced to surrender
his ship and his crew of 307 men and officers. They remained captives until
Islam has been
attacking us ever since.
their liberal apologists and organizations like the ACLU, Human Rights Watch,
and others, however, will point continuously to the perceived “injustices”
Muslims “suffered” during the Crusades (1095-1291). As if Christian Europe is
to blame for all the evils in the Middle East since 1095 when the Christians
first “invaded” the Holy Land.
What Muslims and
their liberal allies have conveniently chosen to ignore is the fact that Islam
attacked the west, and Christianity, first.
from peaceably spreading through the world as their propaganda would have us
believe, spread violently and brutally. Muslim armies invaded all their
neighbors – without mercy. In 732, only 100 years after the death of Mohammed,
Islam had conquered Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia,
Egypt, North Africa, and all
of southern Spain.
Its armies destroyed the Persian Empire and
invaded what was left of the Christian Byzantine Empire. By 732 a Muslim army,
crossing from Morocco, was
They had crossed the Pyrenees and were marching on Rome
before they were finally stopped at Tours
by Charles Martel.
Crusade (1095 AD) was more than 350 years after Islam had violently conquered
most of the known world; including most of Christian Spain and part of
this minor historical fact is conveniently forgotten by Muslims and their
liberal lackeys and front organizations like CAIR, the Islamic Thinkers
Society, Islamic Society of North America, and others.
this war 1,400 years ago and, despite what liberals and Muslims preach, we are
engaged in a war of religion and culture in which Islam has learned how to turn
our western values of liberalism, tolerance, free speech, freedom of religion
and other freedoms against us. They have become especially adept at
manipulating the western liberal mainstream media (MSM) into presenting Islam
as the victim. But maybe the American public is beginning to wake up and this
is one of the reasons so many newspapers are going under, and those that are
left are seeing steep declines in readership and subscriptions. Maybe Americans
are not quite as gullible as the press seems to think they are.
Does Gary Bald
or, for that matter, Director Mueller understand any of this? Or more to the
point – have they even heard of any it?
concern is our “intelligence” agencies – or rather their incredible lack of it.
A recent FOIA request by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to the CIA
for a copy of a compilation of published statements by Osama bin Laden between
1994 and 2004 was rejected by the agency on the grounds that their release
would “compromise intelligence sources and methods” under FOIA exemption b (3)
and that the information was obtained on a privileged basis, exemption b (4).
This is not
only very strange, but very hard to swallow. For one thing, all of these
statements were previously published in the media in the Middle
East and in western countries. For another, a book is being
published soon (if it hasn’t already) by Verso Publishing, edited by Bruce
Lawrence, and titled “Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin
Laden”. This is a compilation of exactly the same bin Laden statements the CIA
says it can not release. FAS did not request the CIA provide them with the
sources of this information – just the statements of Bin Laden. Since these
have been published many times in many countries, and have already been
compiled into a book for mass commercial publication, what is so sensitive?
This is just more “classification overkill”.
Iraq is still another concern. The job in Afghanistan
was not, and is still not complete.
Right from the
beginning the invasion of Iraq
was ill-advised. There was no “exit strategy” – not one military or civilian
official even brought it up. As the old saying goes – the generals are always
fighting the last war. That is truer now than it has ever been. We went into Iraq
with the same mentality as in the Gulf War in 1991 thinking we would simply
topple Saddam and the Iraqi people would immediately be able to take over the
reins of government and all would be well. It became immediately apparent that
this was an unattainable goal. Just about everyone with any governmental
experience was dead, in prison, or on the run. Those who remained were
low-level civil servants who had no authority and many were, themselves,
targets of personal vendettas by the relatives of their victims.
Arguably the biggest mistake was the disbanding of the police and the
military – removing the only law enforcement in the country and replacing it
with coalition troops and “private military companies” (PMC’s) who were
completely ignorant of the people, their customs, their culture, and their
Retaining a large part of the police and military would have greatly
aided in a smooth transition from coalition control to Iraqi civilian control
in a very short time.
There is a precedent for this. After the German surrender in 1945, the
Allies put Operation Blowback into operation which involved keeping much of the
Wehrmacht and most of the police departments intact. Under Allied control and
supervision the Germans continued policing themselves until civil authorities
could be elected and security and police control turned back to the German
people. This was immensely successful. Why was a similar system not put into
operation in Iraq?
After all, keeping most of the already trained and qualified army and police
under coalition control with a gradual transfer back to the Iraqis makes much
more sense than replacing these institutions entirely with foreigners – the
vast majority of whom can not even speak the language, let alone have any
understanding of the Iraqi culture and customs.
Now we are stuck in a quagmire because of total ignorance of the enemy;
and incomplete planning.
The old adage
“the right tool for the job” applies equally to people. Mistakes will be made
no matter who sits in the chair. But those mistakes will be dramatically
reduced if the right person is sitting in that chair.