What is it about influential conservatives and radical Islam? They hate it of course, except when they don’t. Granted that George Herbert Walker’s kid “Bandar” Bush has no problem kissing up to the most repressive, religiously totalitarian leaders in the Muslim world, but he’s just looking after the family business. Others like Grover Norquist have the kind of longstanding, deeply personal stake in radical Islam that would provoke Goldbergian books of drooling outrage if done by a prominent leftist with similarly pervasive influence in ideology and in the government. Rudy Giuliani, mister git-the-islamofascist-Muslims himself, doesn’t mind lobbying for a Yemeni shiekh who helped slip 9/11 suspects out of the country.
Then you have the Sibel Edmonds allegations. Color me skeptical, but if true, yikes.
Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.
Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan.
[…] She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents.
Come on. It defies belief that Republicans, who hate terrorism and Islamic weapons proliferation more than anything, would sell out their principles for a little dough. Other than the president I mean, but like I said that’s family business.
I mean, seriously.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.
To be fair Siljander’s Congressional term dates back to when channeling illicit resources to angry jihadis was a core Republican value. Maybe he didn’t get the memo.
No rightwing humiliation is complete without a proper dose of Malkinfreude.
When the AP first noted that a “former congressman” was “indicted as part of a terrorist fundraising ring,” Michelle Malkin wrote, “Any bets on which political party and which state the former congressman belongs to?”
Of course, as it turns out, Siljander was a Republican. (Malkin responded, “Oops.”)
Commenters have correctly pointed out that the Malkin bit wasn’t quite as comical as the Benen link let on. The full quote:
And bets on which political party and which state the former congressman belongs to? Keep in mind–both parties have flirted with jihadis.
Now I’m curious to know which Democrats have flirted with jihadis. Bonus points will be awarded for actual Democrats (e.g., not loopy fringe Chomskyites like Ward Churchill), Democrats who matter, and a gold star if he or she had a credible way of knowing about the shady connections in question.