White House seeks to reassure Muslims, Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2011The White House took a preemptive step to defuse an emerging controversy Sunday, sending out a top aide to reassure American Muslims that the U.S. government doesnâ€™t see them as a collective threat.Denis McDonough, deputy national security advisor to President Obama, addressed a largely Muslim audience days before congressional hearings into homegrown Islamic terrorism. The hearings, which sparked protests in New York on Sunday, will be led by Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.In his speech to members of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, McDonough said, â€?The bottom line is this: When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem; youâ€™re part of the solution.â€?
Actually, one of Rep. Kingâ€™s major gripes is that â€?moderateâ€? Muslims donâ€™t come forward to authorities enough about proto-jihadists in their tribal communities.So the whole thing is blowing up into a big deal in the media. Thereâ€™s nothing like conflict to excite the MSM honchos.Indeed, the hearing has certainly been a great opportunity for camera-loving Muslim windbags to get their mugs on television as pundits!So we hear more of the Muslim victimhood theme which has been much used by well paid Islo-mouthpieces; it is the only card they have to play, still the credulous liberal media is still slurping it up.More importantly, the uproar against Peter King is yet another example of how Islam cannot abide free speech: any criticism of the totalitarian belief system must be stamped out, according to Muslims. I consider an attempt at physical disruption of the hearing to be a distinct possibility (like many events that are critical of Islam). Certainly there will be lots of security.Chairman King has twisted and turned and accommodated to make his critics back off â€” which was never going to happen. He invited one of the most annoying naysayers, the Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, to appear as part of the hearing. In fact, the persons listed on the HSC website as witnesses are pretty underwhelming: Ellison, Rep. Frank Wolfe, Zuhdi Jasser, LA Sheriff Lee Baca, Abdirizak Bihi (Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center) and private citizen Melvin Bledsoe.See more details on this cast of characters from the Investigative Project: Witness List Set for King Hearing.King could easily have gotten more impressive, knowledgeable people â€” Robert Spencer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Steve Emerson â€” but the Chairman chose another route which he may have felt was less confrontational. That choice was a disappointing weakness, in my opinion. Itâ€™s possible Rep. King could still pull off an educational event, since there is more than one way to indicate a growing danger to the country.He keeps insisting that he hasnâ€™t been intimidated by political correctness and general badmouthing. Letâ€™s hope to be pleasantly surprised.However, Iâ€™m not hopeful that the elephant in the room â€” the dangerous insanity of increasing Muslim immigration â€” will be considered.