AS if John Bolton himself wasn’t bad enough, he’s hired a virulently Islamophobic crackpot and consiracy nut as his chief of staff as National Security Adviser. Fred Fleitz is a former CIA officer with a long history of embracing some of the goofiest conspiracy theories floating around the right wing fringe.
This is the same organization that put out that lying “study” claiming that American courts were now enforcing Sharia law when every case it cites showed the exact opposite of that, someone claiming that Sharia should apply and being rejected by the courts (except in arbitration cases where both parties agreed ahead of time to have an imam decide any disputes based on Islamic law, which is perfectly fine).
Fleitz is a senior vice-president at Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, an Islamophobic think tank that claims the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest ranks of the American government — and called for a new House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate the Islamist “Fifth Columnists” that were wielding influence over the Obama administration. The think tank’s leadership has also claimed that Saddam Hussein was behind the Oklahoma City bombing; that Obama incorporated the Islamic crescent into the logo of a new missile-defense group; and that Chris Christie’s decision to appoint a Muslim-American to New Jersey’s state judiciary might well qualify as an act of treason.
In 2011, Fleitz insisted that the consensus conclusion among America’s 16 intelligence agencies about the state of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was wrong — and that Tehran was actually “on the brink of testing a nuclear weapon,” a claim that has since been exposed as utterly false, unless one accepts a very loose definition of “brink” (in 2015, before signing the nuclear agreement, Iran had only enriched its uranium to 20 percent purity; weapons-grade uranium requires roughly 90 percent).
Just like his boss, he cherry picks the evidence, wildly exaggerates the findings of our intelligence services and lies in order to justify his desire to invade or bomb virtually every country in the world. This is very, very dangerous.