The PointBy Daniel Greenfield

Real Treason: Brennan Defended Hamas and Hezbollah

“Jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam”.

“Jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam”.John Brennan

John Brennan is all over the news, playing the victim for having his security clearance pulled. It’s obvious from his record that he should have never had any access to classified information considering his toxic and radical views. 

After Helsinki, Brennan accused President Trump of treason. He’s since doubled down on the accusation.

But if you want to see treason, look at his own past comments. As I discuss in today’s article on Twitter’s censoring of David Horowitz when he tried to discuss Brennan’s record and Islamic anti-Semitism.

After the Helsinki press conference, Brennan claimed that Trump’s remarks were “nothing short of treasonous” and that the president “rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’” Meanwhile in ’09, Brennan claimed that Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy Islamic terror group responsible for the brutal murder of numerous Americans had “evolved”.

Brennan insisted that Hezbollah has “lawyers, doctors” who “look at that extremist terrorist core as being something that is anathema”. And that Hezbollah would see America as an “honest broker”. Then he claimed that Hamas was really a social welfare organization that had somehow “developed an extremist and terrorist element”.

This has been Brennan’s consistent message. Next year, he referred to Jerusalem as Al Quds, the colonial name of the Islamic conquerors. And this year, during the Hamas attacks on Israel, Brennan blamed the deaths in Gaza from the Hamas attacks on Israel on the “utter disregard” of “Trump & Netanyahu for Palestinian rights.” Nothing short of treasonous indeed.

Here, from The Nation, is the full text of Brennan’s comments on Hamas and Hezbollah.

MR. BRENNAN: Well, the two cases that you give, Hamas and Hezbollah, are interesting case studies. Hezbollah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hezbollah organization.

However, within Hezbollah, there’s still a terrorist core. And hopefully those elements within the Shia community in Lebanon and within Hezbollah at large – they’re going to continue to look at that extremist terrorist core as being something that is anathema to what, in fact, they’re trying to accomplish in terms of their aspirations about being part of the political process in Lebanon. And so, quite frankly, I’m pleased to see that a lot of Hezbollah individuals are in fact renouncing that type of terrorism and violence and are trying to participate in the political process in a very legitimate fashion.

Hamas, on the other hand, started out as a very focused social organization that was providing welfare to Palestinians, primarily in Gaza. Over time, it developed an extremist and terrorist element to it that, I think, has unfortunately delegitimized it in the eyes of many, not just throughout the world, but also in the territories. And its continued embrace of violence and terrorism is something that the Palestinian people, I think, have to continue to tell Hamas leaders that this is not going to bring them what they truly deserve, which is a Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel.

The interviewer notes that…

In fact, as I alluded to in my question, Brennan had told me (before taking a job in the Obama administration, but while serving as Obama’s top adviser on intelligence issues) that talking to Hamas and Hezbollah is the right thing to do. 

Brennan had accused Trump of treason for talking to the Russians. What do we make of his eagerness to whitewash Hamas and Hezbollah, and talk to them?