|SSG Hair in Baghdad, Iraq. © Paul Hair, 2010.|
Ahmed’s column (“I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House – When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.”) starts with, “In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council,” and gets worse from there. Much of it focuses on Islam.
Like most of my fellow American Muslims, I spent much of 2016 watching with consternation as Donald Trump vilified our community. Despite this––or because of it––I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.
I disagree with everything about those sentences and Ahmed’s entire column.
Furthermore, while she complains about imaginary slights, I served for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve under Presidents Bush (43) and Obama, and their anti-Christian policies.
Indeed, I served for eight years while the U.S. created officially Islamic theocracies across the globe and simultaneously helped exterminate Christians.
So I have no time for Ahmed’s complaints. Nor do I have time for anyone treating them as legitimate.