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The Politics of Islamic Semantics

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Submitted by Aguirre (Saudi Arabia), May 30, 2010 at 14:25

Dr. Pipes:

Many thanks for your continued valuable research in this vital field.

As you may know, and closely related to your posting here, John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, recently gave a speech at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in which he put forth the current administration's views on the "Islamic question" in so far as how the administration is approaching the subject.

In some ways, it was a frightening speech, at least to me.

Given the importance of the speech and the implications it may contain, I was wondering if you were planning on commenting on it.

I'm actually surprised how little intelligent commentary it has so far generated . I'm sure your readers would be most interested in hearing your views.

Brennan's entire speech can be easily accessed via pdf format at:

http://csis.org/files/attachments/090806_brennan_transcript.pdf

Many thanks.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, I plan to write a column on this subject, precisely because the speech is so problematic. For a foretaste, see my analysis of a talk Brennan gave in 2009 at "Counterterrorism in Obama's Washington."

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