Saturday, September 23, 2006

UNITED STATES OF AL QAEDA: Terrorists led by the business practices of Max DePree, says pol

The first job of a leader is to define reality.

Leaders are concerned with substance, not artifice.

Leaders don't inflict pain - they share pain.

We cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.

These are the aphorisms of Max DePree.

DD had no idea who Max Depree was until earlier in the week when Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra whipped the name on an audience at the American Enterprise Institute. Hoekstra was there to sell his "Al Qaeda -- The many faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat" report, distributed through the auspices of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In a rambling, sometimes unintentionally nutty speech, Hoekstra warmed to his subject: how al Qaeda must have read from the work of his mentor, Max DePree, CEO/Chairman of Herman Miller Corp.(a manufacturer of office furniture), who wrote the books "Leadership Jazz" and "Leadership is an Art."

Al Qaeda was nimble, entrepreneurial and agile. It ran its business of terror along the advice of DePree and had good bosses who empowered their employees, according to Hoekstra. The mind wandered.

At one point, Hoekstra said al Qaeda liked its operatives to blend into the local population, to have no criminal records. A couple minutes later he said al Qaeda was recruiting in American prisons, which would seem conceptually the opposite.

Hoekstra pretended that his report, which is full of pretty pictures -- one of which we will reprint below -- was a cooperative effort between him and with his good friend Jane Harman, the Democratic Congresswoman from California.

This is what the Democrat minority portion of the Committee, among other sings, had to say about their cooperative effort, included in appendices at the end of the thing.


That takes the wind out of the sails.

Or this, from minority member, Anna Eshoo:


Hoekstra's report goes on to say that the Internet is an enabler of al Qaeda. There is much hand-wringing about the fact that the terrorist organization is able to use the technology of cyberspace. From a reading, one gets the idea that if Hoekstra could make it illegal to have Internet-connected computers everywhere but in the United States, that would be a good battle for us to win in the war on terror.

There is much talk about how the United States must win a "war of ideas" against al Qaeda.

Although having the United States being thought a torturer is not exactly a winning idea, the report does not mention it.

There is, however, much requote from the speeches of Osama bin Laden.

But most interesting is a map of the United States, one that takes up the center of the House select committee report. Although probably not intentionally designed for the way it is
employed, its purpose is to clearly show the US is infiltrated -- border-to-border and wall-to-wall with terrorists.

So fittingly, it's reproduced below with an embellishment.


"The first job of a leader is to define reality," said Max DePree. Hoekstra got that part right.

"Leaders are concerned with substance, not artifice," also spragt DePree. Not so hot on the second, though.





As this was going to blog, rumors of Osama bin Laden's death by typhoid, were hitting the news.
"The chief of al-Qaida was a victim of a severe typhoid crisis while in Pakistan on August 23, 2006," wrote the Associated Press, reporting from a document reprinted in the French newsmedia. "His geographic isolation meant that medical assistance was impossible, the French report said, adding that his lower limbs were allegedly paralyzed."

Even if not true, it is still logically consistant. Typhoid is a serious problem in Pakistan. And it can cause paralysis.

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