Newt Gingrich: America is losing to radical Islamic terrorism under Obama
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told his former colleagues on Tuesday that America and its allies are losing both the military and the cultural war against radical Islam, in large part because the Obama administration has refused to identify the enemy, and has purposefully tried to downplay the movement’s growing strength.
“It is the case that after 35 years of conflict, dating back to the Iranian siege of the American embassy in Tehran and the ensuring hostage crisis, the United States and its allies are losing the long global war with radical Islamists,” Gingrich told the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday.
“We are losing to both the violent jihad and to the cultural jihad,” he said.
Gingrich said it’s clear that radical Islamic violence is now taking place around the world, whether Obama says so or not. Gingrich cited Paris, Australia, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Gaza, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan and Yemen as examples of where this violence is happening, and where these battles are being lost.
He said the cultural fight against radical Islam is even more insidious, since failing to fight back will start to affect the way people talk and think about the threat. Exhibit A is Obama’s unwillingness to even name the enemy that is attacking America, he said.
“Cultural jihad is winning when the Department of Defense describes a terrorist attack at Ft. Hood as workplace violence,” Gingrich said. “Cultural jihad is winning when the president refers to random killings in Paris when they were clearly the actions of Islamist terrorists and targeted against specific groups.”
“Cultural jihad is winning when the administration censors training documents and lecturers according to sensitivity, so they cannot describe radical Islamists within reference to the religious ideology, which is the primary bond that unites them,” he added. More