Allen B. West

Let’s review the summit on countering violent extremism: America, we’re screwed. [VIDEO]

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If President Obama could hit the “reset button,” I think he’d rewind this week and try to get a mulligan – but then again, I could be totally wrong. If I am completely wrong, then our policy towards degrading, defeating, and destroying ISIS is non-existent.

In simple terms, America, we’re screwed.

And just so everyone out there understands, there were things the Bush administration stated regarding combatting this Islamic terrorist enemy with which I did not agree. However, President George W. Bush showed resolve when all seemed against him, and we did indeed defeat al-Qaida in Iraq. A fragile stability was handed over to President Obama, who then felt a campaign promise was more vital than reality on the ground. No one can debate this simple fact: a vacuum was left in Iraq. That which was defeated has reconstituted — and we have no plan to re-defeat. Speeches and rhetoric, yes, but no vision.

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Consider this last week if you will. ISIS beheads twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christian men and sends a definitive threat towards “Rome.” There are reports of forty-five people burned alive in the town of al-Baghdadi, located just five miles away from 300 Marines at al-Asad Base. And what has been our response in this week?

We need to attend to the “grievances” of the Islamic terrorists. We need to provide jobs and opportunities for the Islamic terrorists. Do I need to remind you State Department spokesperson Marie Harf’s inane comments?

What has been the prevailing theme from President Obama and his administration? We have Islamic terrorists — of course they’re not defined as Islamic — because it is OUR fault. We haven’t done enough for THEM. I guess the mantra emanating from the progressive socialist left is exactly what Hillary Clinton stated: we need to empathize with our enemy.

Here are some highlights – or should I say lowlights – from our apologist-in-chief this week.

As reported by USA Today, “President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists.”

“No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama told delegates at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Obama also said military force alone will not defeat terrorism, and the nation must work with local communities to reduce the influence of those who advocate violent extremism. “They are not religious leaders,” Obama said. “They are terrorists.” In his summit remarks, Obama cited the “fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits” about the words that used should be used to “describe and frame this challenge” of violent extremism. Groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda “try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam,” Obama said, but “we must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie.” Obama also said Muslim communities have responsibilities to confront the abuse of religion. “Of course, the terrorists do not speak for a billion Muslims who reject their ideology,” Obama said. “They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God, represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism.”

Now, I agree, military force alone will not defeat Islamic terrorism. We will need economic force to cut off their sources of funding. We will need diplomatic force to isolate them from the states who sponsor these non-state, non-uniform belligerent. We will need informational force to defeat the ideology of Islamic terrorists — but we must first recognize the ideology.

And therein lies the issue for this current administration that seems to do everything it can to refute what the enemy is and what its actions and own words define it to be.

There is nothing ISIS and Islamic terrorists have done which is not found in the Koran and the Hadiths – that is not debatable. And please, no moral equivalency statements folks. Nowhere in the New Testament does it talk about striking anyone about the neck (beheadings) or refer to any group as apes (Jews).

Here is what President Obama does not want to admit. The first phase of Islam was peaceful, it lasted from 612-622 AD (Mecca I). However, upon Mohammad’s departure from Mecca to Medina, Islam and his “verses” became rooted in violence, force, intimidation, coercion, and references to “instilling terror.” And under the premise of abrogation, these latter violent verses supersede the previous peaceful verses.

ISIS is carrying on an almost 1400-year tradition of Islam — that is truth. You need only trace the expansion of Islam off the Saudi peninsula — kinda different from the Apostles of Jesus and what they preached. And again, don’t give me the moral equivalency from things that happened hundreds of thousands of years ago. Stay on task, we are in the 21st century.

Now, are there “peaceful” Muslims with whom coexistence is possible? Of course, but to deny that violence is rooted in Islam is not only wrong, it represents a dangerous ignorance.

It is incumbent upon leaders in Western civilization to stop making excuses and dismissing Islamic terrorist actions and the history of such. It is terribly disconcerting when Western leaders seek religious relativism in order to hide their recalcitrance and cowardice.

For an entire presidential administration to think we, the people so stupid that they can utter the drivel that jobs and opportunities — along with community organizing — is a means to defeat the 21st century jihad is offensive.

The inability or reticence to accept the reality of the enemy only places Western civilization in a position by which it may not be able to recover. There are Muslims who want to have the Islamic jihad crushed, but what do they think of us when we cannot even admit it exists?

If you’ve noticed the actions of Jordan and Egypt, they don’t believe this is about a jobs program — but they’d like our support in fighting.

And why is it that this administration refuses to support the Kurds, Jordan and Egypt in their stand against Islamic terrorism? Gosh, consider the speech by Egyptian President al-Sisi on New Year’s Day. Compare that to the one given by our President Obama.

Warriors don’t want war but are ready when called upon — we are the peace makers and enforcers. No amount of talk, speeches, and “understanding grievances” will send a message. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

This week we demonstrated to Islamic terrorists that we are unwilling to do anything — doggone, we showed them we’re actually afraid to even state who they are.

We showed them that we would rather retreat into academic intellectualism and emotional diatribe when all we need is resolve. We showed them we are not willing to stand for our values. We showed them that they are indeed on the march and victorious, as they believe their text commands.

However, the good thing is that they’re not seeing the real us. What they saw this week was not America. And I actually do hope the enemy is emboldened, because it will make the victory even greater. We will defeat Islamic terrorism, jiahdism, fascism, totalitarianism. Never surrender, never, ever, never surrender!

And that is the true nature of whom we are, not Barack Obama or Marie Harf.

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