The buzz on the floor among CPAC 2014 attendees was the virtual absence of National Security issues being debated or discussed. During the three day conference John Bolton was the only speaker to address national security in depth. There were two breakout sessions that tested the perimeter of national security issues but that was it for CPAC.
CPAC 2014 had a total of 57 events on the schedule during the three day conference. Only 3 of those events discussed some national security issues.
Perhaps, current events surrounding the Ukraine, Crimea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, Venezuela, Islamic terrorism and expansionism, North Korea, Benghazi, Extortion 17, and our porous southern borders are not important enough national security issues for CPAC 2014 and the ACU Board of Directors.
Or, are there two or more individuals inside the American Conservative Union(ACU) successfully navigating the CPAC agenda away from national security issues – that will be for you to decide
American Foreign Policy Ignored At CPAC 2014
The American Conservative Union(ACU) positions itself as the oracle for conservative ideological issues important to conservative voters via the CPAC agenda. Why was CPAC not scheduling, at a minimum, one third of its agenda categorizing the failures of President Obama’s foreign policy and the threats to our nation.
This absurd notion floated by John Kerry that President Obama’s paralyzing weakness makes him strong while Putin’s takeover of the Crimea makes him weak is profoundly troubling. Daniel Greenfield sums it up nicely, “ Invading countries is an act of weakness. Being unable to do anything about it is an inaction of strength.”
Now lets turn our eyes to four Middle Eastern failures by the Obama Administration that were spiked from the CPAC 2014 agenda.
Egypt – President Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi ousting long time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak. When the Egyptian people voted out Mr. Morsi, President Obama stood and still stands with the Muslim Brotherhood, ceding most all of our past Egyptian influence into the hands of Vladimir Putin.
The new Egyptian government declared The Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, while Pres. Obama keeps political channels open with the Brotherhood further alienating the new Egyptian government. The ACU should be demanding Pres. Obama declare The Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Syria – President Obama sides with the ‘Syrian Rebels’ who are populated by various Al-Qaeda tied groups and The Muslim Brotherhood. Pres. Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists again. Pres. Obama ultimate folly was his famous shifting red line nearly drawing the USA into another Islamic civil war. Mr. Putin came to Pres. Obama’s rescue and brokered the ‘non-invasion’ and Syria is off the front pages. Vladimir Putin was playing chess and secured the warm water Syrian port of Tartus and cemented Russians long term influence in Syria. President Obama however, was playing checkers and America achieved nothing other than embarrassment on the world stage.
Iran – President Obama lifted partial sanctions on Iran if they open their nuclear production sites to inspections and stop their pursuit of weapons grade plutonium. The Mullah’s of Iran say they will keep up construction on the Arak heavy water plant, when operational, will produce plutonium. President Obama reacts by releasing hundreds of millions of dollars of Iranian assets. If Iran builds or buys a tactical nuke and threatens the free world, the dangerous geopolitical world as we know it, radically changes for the worse.
Israel – President Obama is pressuring Israel to recede to its 1967 borders and the formation of contiguous Palestinian State between the West Bank and Gaza. This two state option would leave Israel geographically incapable of defending her borders. Pres. Obama should be demanding the Muslim Brotherhood Hamas Palestinians and the West Bank Palestinians accept Israel’s unconditional right to exist and take all references to Israel’s destruction out of their respective charters, as a starting point for negotiations. However, President Obama is siding with The Muslim Brotherhood again as he did in Egypt and Syria.
These four national security issues plus homegrown Islamic terrorism should have front and center on the CPAC 2014 agenda. Why weren’t they you ask? For the answer to this question, all roads lead back to two individuals at the American Conservative Union, Grover Norquist and Suhail Kahn.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Florida Rep. Allen West, retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, former chief assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy, and Frank Gaffney are putting their substantive knowledge of national security that this information on Norquist/Khan cannot be suppressed, ignored, or mischaracterized as it has been to date. The information these experts above are referring to is Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan’s documented ties to The Muslim Brotherhood and other convicted Islamic terrorists. (See Center For Security Policies 51 Page Report)
Suhail Kahn is an acting Board member of American Conservative Union.
Suhail Kahn, on video, declares that he has “devoted his life to the Ummah, the Muslim Nation’ ‘What are our oppressors going to do with people like us who love death more than they love life?”
Mr. Kahn has publicly acknowledged his parents’ leadership role in organizations that have been identified by the federal government as Muslim Brotherhood front groups, namely the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Student Association(MSA).
In June of 2001, at an American Muslim Council event Mr. Kahn personally thanked convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi as someone, “who have been helping me keep going…and for being very supportive of me.”
At CPAC 2011 Suhail Kahn denied on camera The Muslim Brotherhood exists. At CPAC 2014 he admitted there is a Muslim Brotherhood but he doesn’t know much about them.
At CPAC 2011 David Horowitz said, “Suhail Khan’s failure to disassociate himself from his parents’ movement (The Muslim Brotherhood) is instructive: Horowitz went on to say, “When an honest person has been a member of a destructive movement and leaves it, he will feel compelled to repudiate it publicly and to warn others of the dangers it poses. This is a sure test of whether someone has left the Muslim Brotherhood or not.”
At a 1999 ISNA Convention Suhail Khan articulated his heartfelt identity which in and of itself should cause great concern to the ACU. Suhail Khan said, “Our freedoms, my dear brothers and sisters, are under attack…And those rights must be defended with all the determination, all the resources, all the unyielding vigilance of the believing mujahid. That is the spirit of Islam. The mark of the Muslim.”
Mujahid is singular for Mujahideen which translates as a follower of Islam who struggles in the path of Allah. The word is from the same Arabic triliteral root as Jihad. Mujahideen has been closely associated with radical Islam, encompassing several militant groups and struggles.
Grover Norquist also has documented ties to convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi. Alamoudi provided seed money for Norquist’s Islamic Institute which shares space with his Americans For Tax Reform. Norquist was instrumental in getting the terrorist Alamoudi access to a White House prayer service after the 9/11/2001 attacks.
Mr. Norquist “served as a key facilitator between Al-Arian, Alamoudi and the White House. … In June 2001, Al-Arian was among the members of the American Muslim Council invited to the White House complex. … The next month, the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom—a civil liberties group headed by Al-Arian—gave Norquist an award for his work to abolish the use of secret intelligence evidence in terrorism cases.” (Rep. Frank Wolf (R.-Va.)
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) agenda is determined by the American Conservative Union(ACU).”
Sami Al-Arian pled guilty in 2006 ‘to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law.
For a window into Mr. Norquist’s core beliefs, he used Americans for Tax Reform to circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’. The Ground Zero Mosque was the failed multi million dollar mega Mosque project a block away from the fallen twin towers on 9/11/2001.
In 2004, at age 48, Mr. Norquist married a Palestinian Muslim name Samah Alrayyes. Ms. Alrayyes-Norquist was the Director of the Islamic Free Market Institute which was connected financially to convicted terrorist Abduraham Alamoudi and founded by Grover Norquist.
EMPAct America Summit 2014 The Uninvited II
The vacuum created by the ACU and CPAC not addressing vital national security issues has been filled by war hero David Bellavia, Center For Security Policy, and Breitbart News.
Speakers for the event included Sen. Ted Cruz, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Phyllis Schlafly, Frank Gaffney, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and many others.
Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC 2014. If the ACU continues to ignore our countries national security interests they will risk alienating a majority of the conservative base.
The loud whispers on the floor of CPAC 2014 was that its time to remove Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan bringing the ACU and CPAC back to its former influential relevance.
Connecting the dots is an essential part of constructing an individuals life and their core beliefs. Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan refuse to answer any questions pertaining to these troubling associations. Rather they both respond by attacking the individual who dares to bring their nefarious associations up publicly and privately.
Psychologists have long ago determined that individuals who have something to hide use these classic ‘avoidance techniques’ to deflect questions and accusations they can not or chose not to defend.
The Republican Party has long identified itself itself as the party of National Security. When the conservative movement has agents of influence like Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan in their high level ranks it is a personal assault on the GOP.
Attending CPAC 2014 gave me the opportunity to talk with scores of attendees who were aware of Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan’s troubling past and present associations. Many of those on the ACU board, speakers, and vendors were afraid to speak on the record about Norquist/Khan but off the record were concerned about the negative influence these two individuals have on the conservative movement.
In all fairness to Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan we did try to conduct personal interviews in the floor of CPAC 2014. Mr. Norquist and Mr. Khan were not forthcoming and came across ‘prince like’ in their self importance in answering even the most basic of questions.
Each year the number of grassroots conservatives who are unsettled by Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan’s well documented ties to Islamic terrorists and The Muslim Brotherhood is growing exponentially.
I challenge you to research the facts and come to your own conclusions.
EDITORS NOTE: The feature image is courtesy of the Center for Security Policy.