Here’s a tart item from XX Committee‘s John Schindler on our military bureaucracy’s largely unsuccessful attempt to come to grips with the Islamic State. It’s not encouraging. There may also be another problem Mr. Schindler doesn’t mention.
Recently I attended a talk by a former Navy intelligence analyst on the doctrinal underpinnings of Sunni jihad. This man had spent years presenting information and analysis at the highest levels of our military community. His talk, which was about an hour long, was clear and thorough. It contained, however, little that even a serious and inquisitive amateur, such as your humble correspondent, wouldn’t already know about the jihadi worldview and its foundation in the Koran, the Hadith, Sharia law, and in the history of Islam and its relations with the West. Apparently, though, it was all breaking news at SOCOM, CENTCOM and elsewhere, every time he delivered it.
After the talk, I spent a moment exchanging pleasantries with the speaker, whose prognosis for our continuing struggle against Islam was not rosy. When I asked him what our most worrisome liability was, he looked at me, and then at another attendee, in his mid-20s, standing next to me. He said that when he had started out in defense intelligence, about three decades ago, the people that he spoke to at DOD — the advisers, officers, and strategic analysts — all looked like me: grey-haired, skeptical, and world-weary. But now, he said, after years of purges and resignations of more experienced hands, they all looked like the young man standing next to me: young, energetic, and confident in their knowledge and judgment. This, he said, is what now keeps him awake at night.