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“We need no lectures about the fact that this nation is at war,” Mr. Brennan said.

He is wrong. From its inception, the Obama administration has done everything to give the impression we are not at war - Guantanamo is to be closed; CIA interrogators are being investigated for possible crimes; homegrown extremism, such as the Fort Hood shooting, is downplayed; U.S.-Muslim entente is celebrated; Iran is appeased; the Iraq war is routinely vilified; and the war in Afghanistan has been transformed into nation-building. Last year, Mr. Brennan boasted that the Bush policy of “global war” was being jettisoned.

Mr. Brennan is a CIA apparatchik. He is a typical Washington careerist - spineless, duplicitous and ruthlessly ambitious. He has no idea how to defeat Islamic radicalism.

Murderous terrorists have no business being in a civilian court. There is only one place for them: a military tribunal, followed by the hangman’s noose.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily radio host of the “Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (www.talk570.com) from noon until 3 p.m.