The Obama Administration is retreating in the Global War on Terror. It uses euphemistic phrases like “Overseas Contingency Operation” and “man-caused disasters” and tries to attribute “a variety of reasons” to attacks by Islamic radicals. But the truth is that America is still very much at war – a war many believe we are losing.
President Obama thinks that apologies, bows, and capitulation will disarm our enemies, but this kind of posture only encourages those who see such displays as weakness. With the Iranian regime on the path to developing nuclear weapons, the United States must show a position of strength. We are dealing with people for whom not even mutually assured destruction is a deterrent, “it’s an inducement because that is what they’re hoping for,” as America At Risk cast member Bernard Lewis says.
How can we prevail when our Commander-in-Chief won’t even call out the enemy by name? Citizens United’s latest documentary “America at Risk” attempts to answer that question. Hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, “America at Risk” features some of the top terrorism experts in the world including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, and 1993 World Trade Center bombing prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.
They and many others explain the dangers of ignoring jihadists’ explicit threats against America. We have to take radical Islamists at their word when they say they are going to kill us because, as we saw on September 11th, their predictions can become deadly accurate. With countless innocents of all religions killed by acts of Islamic terrorism world-wide, and more attacks plotted daily, the risk is too great to ignore or assume that a change in attitude is the answer.
We have watched this scene play out in the past. Good intentions are met with false promises, words with secret arms buildups, and appeasement with attempts at annihilation. It happened with Neville Chamberlain and without the help of the United States, the world could have fallen to totalitarianism. We must be diligent in making sure that President Obama doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past.