Last week, Ted Cruz decided to go after the Obama administration for covering up their deliberate weakness on Middle East foreign policy.
The Conservative Review reported on that:
Next Tuesday, June 28, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, will conduct a hearing investigating the willful blindness on the part of the relevant law enforcement agencies to domestic Islamic terror networks. The subject of the hearing is “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts To De-emphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.”
[…]This hearing will likely focus on which figures within the federal government worked to squelch any research connecting the dots between local Muslim Brotherhood officials, these individual terrorists, and foreign terror networks. Senators on the committee now have an opportunity to expose the Muslim Brotherhood influence within DHS and the FBI, their invidious “Countering Violent Extremism” Agenda, and their hand in covering up counter-terrorism investigations. They can demonstrate how the federal government has hamstrung local law enforcement by refusing to cooperate and share information regarding jihadists living in their communities.
That hearing is happening tomorrow. If you want more details on what Cruz will talk about, you can read an op-ed that he wrote detailing his views here.
President Obama’s politically correct reluctance to attribute the terrorist threat we face with radical Islam hobbles our ability to combat it by discouraging counterterrorism agents from taking radical Islam into account when evaluating potential threats. The examples of Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino, and Orlando demonstrate the harmful consequences of this administration’s willful blindness.
For example, before the Fort Hood massacre, the Obama administration knew that Nidal Hasan had been in communication with a radical Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki. The Obama administration knew that Nidal Hasan had asked al-Awlaki about the permissibility of waging jihad against his fellow soldiers. All of that was known beforehand, and yet the administration did nothing. Nidal Hasan went on to murder 14 innocent souls, yelling “Allahu Akbar” as he pulled the trigger. And yet, just to underscore the blindness of this administration, even after the terror attack, the administration insisted on characterizing the attack as “workplace violence.”
With respect to the Boston bombing, Russia had informed the Obama administration that the Tsarnaev brothers were connected with radical Islamic terrorism. The administration knew that. The FBI had even gone and interviewed them. And yet once again, the administration dropped the ball. It stopped monitoring them, so the government wasn’t even aware when the elder Tsarnaev brother posted a public call to jihad on YouTube.
San Bernardino is yet another example of the administration’s abhorrent handling of the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Once again, the administration had ample information about the individuals in question. The female terrorist had given the administration a fake address in Pakistan, and yet the so-called vetting that this administration tells us it did had failed to discover that it was a fake address. She had made calls for jihad, and yet the administration failed to discover that.
And finally, as far as the events in Orlando last weekend, Omar Mateen was reportedly interviewed not once, not twice, but three times by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. The FBI interviewed him because he was talking at his place of employment, which, ironically, was a contractor to the Department of Homeland Security about his connection to terrorist organizations.
I’ve blogged about all four of these before, but no one is confronting the Obama administration about them, and making them pay for their moral relativism in the court of public opinion. Now Ted Cruz is going to hammer them at the highest level.
But that’s not all. Here’s another story from Conservative Review.
One week after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation to fine the State Department for delaying its annual report on Iran’s human rights record, the Obama administration is acceding to his demand and finally producing the report.
After delaying the release of the report since late February, apparently in an effort to play nice with Iran, the State Department is scheduled to release the report on Thursday. This comes just one week after Cruz introduced the Human Rights Accountability Act, which would have cut the State Department’s budget by 5% for every month they continued to delay release of the report. Cruz’s tactic of shaming the administration for their appeasement and enacting deserved consequences has similarly netted results earlier this month when the Department of Defense was forced to release the annual report on the military power of Iran – another report they delayed for months.
Now, I have some Democrat friends at work, and I asked them what the Obama administration was doing specifically to protect taxpayers from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. And they had no answer. What we’ve seen instead is a concerted effort by the Obama administration to cover up the connections between actual terrorist attacks and radical Islam, to punish those who point out the facts linking terrorism and radical Islam, and to shame those who had nothing to do with the attacks as being somehow guilty of them. I would like to see some light shed on how far up the chain these attitudes go, so we can get some accountability.