Air Date: February 19, 2015
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: John Guandolo
John Guandolo is a former FBI agent and a counter-terrorism expert. He created and implemented the FBI’s first counter-terrorism training and education program. He is founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com, co-author of ‘Shariah–The Threat to America’ and author of ‘Raising a Jihadi Generation.’
President Obama has been holding a White House summit on countering violent extremism. Note how the summit doesn’t want to describe the violence being discussed as Islamic, just violent extremism. John feels our leaders aren’t in the fight at all and that although they refuse to call it what it is, this is Islamic jihad. To prove the point, he noted that the strategic communications director for counter intelligence is Rashad Hussain, a Muslin Brotherhood operative in the U.S.
So what has been the response from Washington? Vic noted a comment made by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf who said we cannot stop the Islamic State by killing them. Instead we need to look at the root problem and their poor economy and help them get jobs.
John responded by noting how interesting it is that President Obama isn’t talking about defeating ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbolla, etc. and being victorious. During World War II we didn’t stop to ask what the root cause was for Hitler’s actions. We never asked why North Korea is so aggressive to South Korea. This is not how you wage war. We should not want to go to war but when we do, we should go to win and try to obliterate the enemy and anything short of that means defeat for us. This is the same enemy that puts people in cages and sets them on fire and cuts the heads off of 5 and 6 year old children. Is this the enemy we want to lose to or do we want to utterly defeat them?
Why is it that our government can’t seem to understand that the Islamic groups that are waging war against us don’t describe themselves as violent extremists but instead describe themselves as Muslims who are waging jihad in the cause of Allah? The answer to that question may hold the key to understanding the political left’s marriage to the Islamic Jihad.