(B. Christopher Agee, WESTERN JOURNALISM) -- With the Republican Party in control of both congressional chambers, retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Lyons Jr. recently expressed his hope that lawmakers will work to stem the tide of Muslim extremists attaining powerful positions within the nation’s intelligence community.
“No question we’ve got a hell of a job ahead of us with the Muslim Brotherhood penetration in every one of our national security agencies, including all our intelligence agencies” he said during a January meeting of the National Press Club. “And, as has been reported by some, our lead intelligence agency headed by a Muslim convert [an apparent reference to rumors surrounding CIA Director John Brennan], this is not going to be an easy task.”
In a brief recap of the last several decades, Lyons explained that America has had “many opportunities … to change the course of history,” beginning with the Iranian hostage situation during the Carter administration.
Instead, he lamented, American leaders have repeatedly refused to act, leading to the dire situation he says we are currently in.
“Here we are today,” he said. “Political correctness has neutralized all our military leadership.”
A major factor in defeating the enemy is identifying it, something Lyons said too many are reticent to do.
“The threat is Islam,” he asserted. “Let’s make no mistake about it. There’s no such thing as radical Islam.”
He went on to ask for “a definition of moderate Islam,” concluding that “there ain’t any.”
While Lyons applauded the recent efforts of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to encourage an Islamic reformation, he said the Obama administration has yet to even acknowledge this development.
“It certainly tells you where their sympathies lie,” he said.