Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stacking the Deck Obama Style?

Did you know about two “devout Muslims” being appointed by Janet Napolitano to key positions within the Department of Homeland Security? I didn’t, until this morning when a friend asked me about it.
In May of this year, Mr. Arif Alikham was appointed Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at DHS. Last June, Mr. Kareem Shora was sworn-in as Senior Policy Adviser for the DHS. I admit that I am not a news junkie, but I missed these appointments. What could these two men possibly have in common? They both are on record as having strong objections to the policies of the DHS under the Bush Administration…you know, the ones that worked and kept us safe from attack.
Damascus-born Shora was, for 10 years, the National Executive Director of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC with 38 chapters and members in all 50 states). You can look up this organization for yourself but think ACLU for Muslims. They do not consider Hamas or Hezbollah terrorist organizations. The ADC takes an openly anti-Israel line accusing the Jewish state of “apartheid” against Palestinians.
Actually, I do not have specific concerns with Mr. Alikham, who was Deputy Mayor of Los Angles. To me, being Muslim is neither reason to be appointed to DHS nor a reason not to be appointed. So, I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt. But when you consider the caliber of people in the Obama Administration (see my blog Obama’s Dream Team), it is difficult to hold back cynicism.
Remember, President Obama is strongly opposed to a congressional investigation into the terrorist murder of 13 people at Fort Hood by Nidal Hasan. The President said he wanted justice, “not political stagecraft.” Of course, he is fully in favor of putting 5 of the Gitmo terrorists on trial in New York City where it will cost perhaps 100 million dollars and give these Muslim lunatics a world stage upon which to broadcast their venom. President Obama’s hypocrisy is shameful.

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