The United States was not at war with Japan when they sucker-punched the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor. We were attacked by a cowardly enemy and for my grandfather who watched the Zeros murder his comrades that morning, it didn’t matter whether we were at war with them. At that moment of extreme violence, they were at war with us and we acted accordingly.
Friday’s terrorist attacks in France indicate a shocking reality: radical Islam is at war with the Western world. It’s time to start acting like it.
However, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat frontrunner who hopes to fill President Obama’s shoes, has joined the current president in committing to political cowardice by refusing to cite radical Islam as a very-real danger to Americans.
On Saturday at the Democratic debate, the moderator asked if we were at war with radical Islam. Hillary’s weak and cowardly answer was shocking.
“Marco Rubio, also running for president, said this attack showed that we are at war with radical Islam. Do you agree with that characterization, radical Islam?” the CBS News moderator asked.
“I don’t think we are at war with Islam,” Clinton replied. “I don’t think we are at war with all Muslims. I think we are at war with jihadists.”
The moderator interrupted to clarify, “Just to interrupt. He didn’t say all Muslims. He just said radical Islam. Is that a phrase you don’t?”
“I think you can talk about Islamists who clearly are also jihadists, but I also think it’s not particularly helpful — to make the case that Senator Sanders was just making that I agree with we have to reach out to Muslim countries, we have to have them part of our coalition — if they hear people running for president who basically short cut it to say to say we are somehow against Islam,” Clinton said. “That was one of the real contributions, despite all the other problems, that George W. Bush made after 9/11.”
Clinton’s grasp on the geopolitical realities of the Middle East are even more laughable than her husband’s- a president whose series of failures- since we’re talking about 9/11- helped create the instability that gave rise to Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks on America.
Sanders and Clinton not only appear to lack the conviction and personal cojones to call radical Islam what it is (a threat to America), but they seem to harbor a belief that groveling to those who despise us will make them want to be on our team.
Truly, it’s utterly amazing that this woman is being taken seriously by anybody.