Allen B. West

Just in case you had any doubt: DIA chief says Islamist ideology rapidly expanding

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It was the theme most professed during the 2012 presidential election by Barack Hussein Obama: “Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida is decimated and on the run.” And so a nation, for the most part, fell for the political propaganda and of course, did no due diligence, followed the bumper sticker sound bite and Obama was reelected.

Now there is a different assessment coming from the retiring head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, “The terrorist ideology behind al-Qaida is expanding significantly—contrary to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign theme that declared the Islamist terror threat in decline, according to the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. “It’s not on the run, and that ideology is actually, it’s sadly, it feels like it’s exponentially growing,” DIA Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during a security conference recently. Flynn was asked about the controversy over Obama’s statements during his 2012 reelection bid that al-Qa-da had been “decimated” by the U.S. war on terrorism, and that the group was “on the run” as a result.”

So once again, for Obama it was all about politics and winning reelection, not the national security of Americans. Imagine the human cost of this blatant disregard of the true situation involving the resurgence of Islamic jihadism?

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We see the results of an administration which refused to recognize the emergence of ISIS. The same administration that enabled and supported jihadists and Islamists in Libya had to evacuate the U.S. Embassy due to those jihadists. Do you really think this is all coincidental?

“My belief—so this is Mike Flynn—core al-Qaida is the ideology,” the outgoing Director said. “Al-Qaida command and control is where the senior leadership resides. So al-Qaida command and control resides today, Zawahiri, over in the [Federally Administered Tribal Areas], Pakistan.” Flynn said al-Qaida’s leadership is being challenged by the offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, whose leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who was once in U.S. custody, is declaring himself “caliph,” or leader of all Muslims.

Why is it that America makes excuses constantly to dismiss Obama’s lies? And especially in this case where the security of our Republic is at stake? Did we not learn the lesson when the same basic dismissive attitude occurred during the Clinton administration towards Islamic terrorism?

What LTG Flynn recognizes is the issue of ideology and that is where we have not been successful. We have engaged this enemy from a position of political correctness and have not sought to erode the support of the Islamist core — its ideology.

As the Free Beacon says, “critics of the administration’s counterterrorism policies say political sensitivities aimed at avoiding offending Muslims are preventing military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies from identifying the nature of the Islamist terror threat, a needed first step in developing an ideological counter.”

LTG Flynn stated, “We use the term ‘core al-Qaida,’ and I have been going against these guys for a long time. The core is the core belief that these individuals have. These organizations that are out there that are well-organized, they are well-funded, they reach into these young people and they pull them in,” Flynn said. “And there seems to be more and more of them today than there were when I first started this thing in, post 9/11.”

Sebastian Gorka, a professor of counterterrorism at the Marine Corps University, said Flynn correctly identified the problem. “The administration had willfully distorted the reality of the current threat,” Gorka said. “By completely denying the relevance of the religious motivation that drives jihadism, they have focused exclusively on al Qaeda as an organization. This has made the growth of other organizations like ISIS/IS possible.”

If we do not engage and defeat the Islamist ideology we will not be successful. That means not allowing planted Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America to influence our national security policy. It means meeting this enemy for whom they are and developing a strategy that uses every element of our national power to destroy it. LTG Flynn gave two very disturbing assessments.

Asked if the United States is safer today than it was two to 10 years ago, Flynn said: “My quick answer is, we’re not.” “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East? Not in my lifetime,” Flynn said.

Leaders tell you what you need to hear. Politicians tell you what they think you want to hear — all for their political advancement, meaning they will lie — as Obama has, and continues to do.

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