How, you ask, could someone like Congressman Joe Sestak, who had such a successful career in the Navy, become a card-carrying member of the unpatriotic wing -- the completely cynical wing -- of Nancy Pelosi's Democratic Party? The answer is that Congressman Joe is good at gaming whatever system he's in. When he was in the Navy, he was a good (order-obeying) Navy man. When he switched careers to politics, he became the consummate politician. Now, the orders he obeys come not from from an Admiral or the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but from Pelosi and Hoyer. Joe's not a naval hero who went bad. He is, as he's always been, the consummate company man. It's just that now he keeping very bad company. "I was only following orders."
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From now through Sunday, I'll write about the race between Rep. Joe Sestak and Craig Williams, a contest taking place in Delaware County (suburban area around Philly). William is a U.S. Marine. Sestak was previously a high-ranking Navy officer and supposedly an expert on terrorism. Currently, he uses his understanding of terrorism to play footsie with groups that support it. Apparently, this is the "approved" approach for ambitious House Democrats.
I've strongly endorsed Craig Williams. Frankly, Craig is a real, patriotic American. Joe Sestak, the former Navy man, is a politician who exemplifies the quintessence of cynicism. He now seems to assume that America will take care of itself, and he will take take care of . . . Joe Sestak. In terms of raising campaign money, Joe's approach seems -- unfortunately -- to be working. Groups who are looking for no more than a pliant stooge in Congress are pouring money into Sestak's coffers. It's shameful, of course, but shame is not Joe's strong suit.
Democrats like Sestak seem to have very practical goals: they want to do whatever it takes to stay in Congress forever. They apparently want to emulate someone like West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd. He's been in the Senate for nearly half-a-century, and he can be seen regularly on the Senate floor, babbling, drooling and -- occasionally -- crying copious tears.
As a congressman, Sestak has violated his oath of office and spent much of his time slavishly adhering to Nancy's Pelosi's directive. Most disturbingly, he has continued to flirt with groups that are hostile to U.S. interests. He's been especially supportive of the Council on Islamic and American Relations (CAIR). In fact, CAIR is a group that backs terrorists -- but does so skillfully enough to keep its members out of federal prisons.
Sestak seems to look at it this way: In the Navy, you fight terrorists. In the Congress, however, you look at them not as advocates of mass murder, but rather as voters. You go along with them to the degree necessary to ensure your re-election.
I'll be writing more about this tomorrow (Friday) and this weekend. After the links below, I'll reprint a WSJ piece about Sestak's favorite presidential candidate, Barack Obama, who also flirts with terrorists in America and in his father's homeland of Kenya.
Joe Sestak hired the former Philadelphia area CAIR coordinator to be his Office Manager/Scheduler. She has since moved on, but not before she booked him to speak at an event that was essentially a fundraiser for CAIR
Here are some of the links outlining Sestak's love affair with CAIR.
Sestak criticized on Hannity for CAIR speech
Sestak staffer’s CAIR background
More on Sestak’s CAIR ties
Daily Times stories on Sestak and CAIR
Sestak’s talk before CAIR sparks controversy
Americans Against Hate protest Sestak appearance
Militant Islam Monitor on Sestak fundraising for CAIR
Info on CAIR website listing of Sestak staffer, shows close ties…
Op-Ed on Sestak/CAIR ties – “Novice Congressman needs to be relieved of duty”
Sestak criticized in Jerusalem Post
Sestak criticized in Jewish Exponent
CAIR membership plummeted following 9/11
“The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Mohammed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the [Muslim Brotherhood] Group in North America,” May 22, 1991
"Obama's Muslim-Outreach Adviser Resigns," by Glenn R. Simpson and Amy Chozick for the Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2008
The Muslim-outreach coordinator to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama has resigned amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and various Islamic groups.
Mr. Asbahi said he did not want to distract Obama's campaign.
Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs by the Obama campaign on July 26, stepped down Monday after an Internet newsletter wrote about his brief stint on the fund's board, which also included a fundamentalist imam.
"Mr. Asbahi has informed the campaign that he no longer wishes to serve in his volunteer position, and we are in the process of searching for a new national Arab American and Muslim American outreach coordinator," spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
A corporate lawyer at the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, Mr. Asbahi tendered his resignation after he and the Obama campaign received emailed inquiries about his background from The Wall Street Journal. He did not respond to the email or a message left at his law office; the campaign released a letter in which Mr. Asbahi said he did not want to be a distraction....
In 2000, Mr. Asbahi briefly served on the board of Allied Assets Advisors Fund, a Delaware-registered trust. Its other board members at the time included Jamal Said, the imam at a fundamentalist-controlled mosque in Illinois.
"I served on that board for only a few weeks before resigning as soon as I became aware of public allegations against another member of the board," Mr. Asbahi said in his resignation letter. "Since concerns have been raised about that brief time, I am stepping down...to avoid distracting from Barack Obama's message of change."
The eight-year-old connection between Mr. Asbahi and Mr. Said was raised last week by the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, which is published by a Washington think tank and chronicles the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, a world-wide fundamentalist group based in Egypt.
Other Web sites, some pro-Republican and others critical of fundamentalist Islam, also have reported on the background of Mr. Asbahi. He is a frequent speaker before several groups in the U.S. that scholars have associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Justice Department named Mr. Said an unindicted co-conspirator in the racketeering trial last year of several alleged Hamas fundraisers, which ended in a mistrial. He has also been identified as a leading member of the group in news reports going back to 1993....
Allied Asset Advisors is a subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT]. The trust, which is supported financially by the government of Saudi Arabia, holds title to many mosques in the U.S. and promotes a conservative brand of Islam compatible with the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and also akin to the fundamentalist style predominant in Saudi Arabia. Allied executives did not respond to inquiries.
NAIT was listed by the Brotherhood operative Akram, in that same memorandum, as a group allied with the Brotherhood's program.