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Here’s some hot news from the Washington Times:

A panel of national security experts who worked under Republican and Democratic presidents is urging the Obama administration to abandon its stance that Islam is not linked to terrorism, arguing that radical Muslims are using Islamic law to subvert the United States.

Wow! And who is this bipartisan panel?

The 19-member study group was led by retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Defense Intelligence Agency director from 1988 to 1991.

Included in the team of former defense, law enforcement and intelligence officials were Clinton administration CIA Director R. James Woolsey and Andrew C. McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney in New York, a career counterterrorism prosecutor during the Clinton administration.

….The group of experts was modeled after the official CIA Team B, whose 1976 contrary analysis said U.S. intelligence assessments had underestimated Soviet nuclear forces.

So there you have it. William “my God is bigger than his” Boykin. James Woolsey, a neocon former advisor to John McCain who lasted two years under Bill Clinton and started pushing for an invasion of Iraq before the Pentagon had stopped smoking. And Andrew McCarthy, NRO’s famous ranter who spent a good part of 2008 obsessing over Barack Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers. All in a group modeled after Team B, a task force most famous for being completely wrong in almost every assessment it made about the Soviet Union.

On the bright side, I don’t know anything about Soyster. So maybe he’s merely an ordinary conservative. I guess that makes this group bipartisan after all.

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