Napolitano's Elephant In The Room
Months after the Obama administration took office, newly-appointed head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stood by a DHS report which concluded that homegrown "right wing extremists" posed the greatest security threat to the United States. Immediately, the explicit politicization of America's security structures and systems was ratcheted to whole new levels of Donkeys vs Elephants. In the two years since, the American right wing (Conspiratus Pachydermicus) has apparently failed to render the fanciful and politically motivated security assessment true. No right wing bomb plots or shootings or threats have materialized to speak of.
But this is not so regarding the simple domestic nature of the threat, sans the Obama administration's "right wing" identifier. For, even if not politically identifiable as "right wing" much to the political disappointment of the American Left, several threats and attacks originated with individuals who were American citizens - technically if not culturally.
And so it is acknowledged today by DHS Secretary Napolitano that "the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since [the September 11] attacks," and that "plots to attack America increasingly involve American residents and citizens." You know the principal suspects. US citizen Najibullah Zazi and his New York subway bombing plot. US resident Faisal Shahzad and his ill-fated attempt to detonate a propane tank-rigged car bomb in Times Square.
Yet, with all of the talk of the "homegrown" threat, the deadliest prime example is never spoken of by Janet Napolitano or the administration. Nidal Hasan, an Army major and radicalized Islamic extremist, shot and killed 14 soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood. He shouted "Allahu Akbar!" while firing, murdering. He was in contact with the same radical Yemeni-American al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki that Napolitano cites in reference to other "homegrown" terrorists. Yet not a single mention in context with terrorist attacks.
Says Jim Robbins and the Washington Times editorial board:
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee recently concluded a year-long look into the circumstances of the domestic terror incident that took 14 lives. The committee report concluded that the Department of Defense and the FBI "collectively had sufficient information to have detected [Major Nidal] Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act on it."
[...] The White House response to the Fort Hood massacre is a textbook study in denial and coverup. The Obama administration refused to admit it was a terrorist attack, calling it instead an example of "violence in the workplace." The Army's official "force protection" report whitewashed the incident and avoided any reference to Hasan's jihadist motivations. The message to the federal bureaucracy was that even when blood is spilled, even when a soldier slaughters his fellow troops with a cry of "Allah akbar," official silence will be maintained. Radical Islam is the hatred that dare not speak its name.
DHS Secretary Napolitano's elephant in the room is hardly Conspiratus Pachydermicus, but rather Jihadiyun Violentia Mahemicus. Ignoring it won't reduce the threat. Calling it something else won't bring back the dead. Certainly neither will save its future prey.