Sunday, May 15, 2016

 President Obama Ignores Cold War Lessons for Counterjihad at America’s Peril
If you want to understand why 15 years after 9/11 the West is still fighting the Global Jihadi Movement, look no further than President Barack Obama’s recent comments in the Atlantic. During a conversation with columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, the President argued that analogizing between the Cold War Communist threat and today’s jihadist threat is detrimental to America’s cause – that we must not “paint with a broad brush” lest we create a “clash of civilizations.” 
The President’s remarks illustrate two points: his apparent ignorance of the nature of the Communist and Islamic extremist threats, and his greater concern with not offending Muslims (themselves the largest casualties of jihad) than openly and honestly describing an enemy that seeks to spread its Sharia-based totalitarian rule over the world. In so doing, President Obama ignores Sun Tzu’s dictum about knowing your enemy if you wish to win -- at our nation’s peril.

Indeed I have just written a book, Defeating Jihad, in which I argue how important the analogy is, and that to date our leaders have failed to heed Sun Tzu’s words on a bipartisan basis. This begins with our inability or unwillingness to acknowledge that contrary to President Obama’s assertions, the 20thcentury battle waged against godless materialist Communism is not only highly relevant to the 21st century battle against theocratic Islamism, but a parallel that if studied closely can help us emerge victorious against the newest totalitarians.

Consider that Communists were - and Islamic extremists are - animated by a dictatorial ideology, seeking world domination by means peaceful and violent, overt and covert. There can be no co-existence with such expansionist enemies: When President Ronald Reagan -- who had confronted Communists face-to-face during his Hollywood days -- said that his Cold War strategy was “We win, they lose,” this was not mere hyperbole. He knew America, he knew his enemy, and made his life’s work defeating it.

George Kennan and Paul Nitze, among others, laid the groundwork for Reagan’s ultimate triumph by defining the enemy and developing a strategy to defeat it. For it was Kennan, the former deputy head of mission in Moscow, who described our Soviet World War II allies as a dangerous Marxist-Leninist dictatorship that posed a mortal threat to the free world in his famous 1946 “Long Telegram.” It was Nitze, serving as President Harry Truman’s Director of Policy Planning for the State Department who was largely responsible for producing the essential Top Secret 1950 plan, NSC-68, that laid out a comprehensive and multi-faceted strategy to militarily, politically, economically and ideologically to contain Communism and ultimately defeat it. These men expressed no reservations about offending Russians, as they sought to promote Liberal ideas to undermine their Communist rulers.

Contrary to the arguments of the President, we must not dismiss the historical Cold War model. A clear-eyed assessment of the Islamist’s goals, strategies and tactics reveals chilling similarities with the Communists. The Cold Warriors left us with valuable guides to defeat the 21st century’s totalitarians, an even more deadly foe imbued with a religious fervor and apocalyptic vision. Let us honor their efforts by applying their lessons to protect and preserve the freedom for which they fought.

1 comment:

  1. Obama is a traitor, or the closest one can come to that without being tried and convicted of treason. He has been willing to lie to advance Islam over and over again. He has told the lie that Islam is a religion of peace while Islam has committed over 28,348 deadly islamic terrorist attacks since 911, killing or injuring hundreds of thousands of people.
    Apparently Obama is content with this.

    I can understand Obama's seething resentment against , and hatred for American white people, even though he is half white. It hurt his ego, and for people as twisted as Obama is, the ego is runs everything. Obama is like Magua from the Last of the Mohicans. His heart is twisted.

    But we should rise above Obama's twisted heart. We should recognize that, contrary to the teachings of Islam, God loves all humans, His children,equally and unconditionally. And so God has given free will, freedom to all his children. It was a terrible sin against God and man for
    Mohammed to teach that God hates non muslims and that He wants unending jihad to be waged until all are subjected to the evil teachings and practices of Islam. It is a horrendous crime against God and Humanity for musllim leaders today to follow sharia, which is directly opposed to freedom and the free will of mankind, and teaches such horrors as that muslims who leave Islam should be killed, and that it is okay to brutalize women.

    Islam cannot stand the light of day. If muslims are free to leave it without fear, they will leave it in droves. It will vanish from the face of the earth, and all humanity will be better off for its disappearance.

    We should ,in all countries, pass whatever constitutional amendment or law may be necessary to completely eliminate the existence of sharia courts, and the impositions of sharia law, and to declare that Islam is an evil subversive political ideology, not a religion, and to deprive it of whatever special treatment it currently receives under its pretense to be a religion. It is rotten at its core, because at its core it teaches a God who hates.

    Individual muslims can be treated with love so long as one is sure one is protected against the possibility of them being lying islamists who intend one harm, but Islam should be rejected totally and completely. It has no redeeming virtures or benefits. It has been a disgrace to mankind ever since Mohammed invented it.