Crippling the West from Within
Steven Emerson and Pete Hoekstra
The success of a small group of terrorists in essentially
taking down the third most powerful military in the world on Friday is a
milestone in the history of Islamic terrorism being celebrated by jihadists
around the world.
More than 14 years ago, they succeeded in killing nearly 3,000
Americans in a plot carried out right under our noses. In those intervening
years, billions of dollars were spent on creating and connecting massive
databases between countries to share intelligence, new counterterrorism
intelligence units were formed, tens of thousands of jihadists around the world
were placed under surveillance, entire militaries were transformed to fight the
new type of asymmetrical war, and government leaders vowed to wipe out the nest
of terrorist vipers wherever they were.
Yet, the jihadists still succeeded in carrying out the single
largest attack in Europe since World War II, slaughtering more than 120 innocent
men, women and children. If there is any lesson that can be drawn, it is that
the jihadists are now coming for us.
The highly coordinated attack on the French was an attack on
the Dutch, British, Germans, Swedes, and the U.S. It was an attack on all
Western liberal democracies based upon basic Judeo-Christian values.
It is the tragic result of a na´ve misreading of the world by
the current administration. The resulting chaos created by U.S. foreign policy
represents a diplomatic and national security failure of unfathomable and
In policies reflecting deeply flawed thinking, Obama and his
advisers believed from the very beginning that it should support Islamists
represented by the Muslim Brotherhood, which created nearly all of the existing
jihadi groups. The administration believed that the Arab Spring represented an
opportunity to depose despots and replace them with democratic regimes.
It decided that secular autocrats represented the real enemy.
The administration never considered the far more murderous evil that would
follow. So in recent years the U.S. stood by or helped jihadists to depose
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, murder former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi
and wage a bloody civil war against Syria's Bashar al-Assad. In recent weeks,
they randomly stabbed Israelis on the street, bombed a civilian airliner over
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and killed dozens and wounded hundreds in Beirut in
By leading from behind, U.S. policy emboldened the jihadists
to create instability and ungovernable territory in the Middle East, which drove
millions of refugees into Europe in a humanitarian crisis that provided cover
for operatives to infiltrate the countries that welcomed them.
It has enabled them to create a genocidal caliphate in the
Middle East from where they can more easily prepare and instigate attacks
against the West, as we sadly witnessed on Friday.
Let's state the obvious. The administration has operated under
the misguided belief that jihadists can be contained. If we just treat them
nicely and don't identify them for what they are, they'll leave us alone.
It explains why we still have not seen the manifesto from the
young California college student with a reported ISIS flag, references to Allah
and writings about beheadings who stabbed four people last week. Why would that
matter? He was upset about his study group. Nothing to see here.
Nobody in law enforcement would dare to link it to jihadist
ideology under the watchful eye of the administration. After all, these are the
same folks who banned the words "radical Islam" from the halls of the
White House -- any reference is nowhere to be found in the president's statement
on Paris and was avoided at all costs by former Secretary of State Clinton in
Saturday's Democratic debate -- scrubbed the FBI training manual of any text
that might offend Muslims, and described Major Nidal Hasan's 2009 massacre at
Fort Hood as "workplace violence."
For nearly two full weeks the administration blamed an
innocent U.S. filmmaker as the cause of the murder of four Americans 7,000 miles
away in Benghazi in 2012. They were dead wrong, and they knew it. Clinton
documented the lie for posterity in her emails.
As much as the administration denies it, they hate us, they
want to destroy us and they already have a significant presence in the U.S. It
is only a matter of time before the Paris jihadists attempt to replicate their
unparalleled success in the U.S.
The progressive left that blames America first, led by Obama
and his secretaries of State, destroyed Libya, destroyed Syria, and destroyed
Iraq. They failed to intervene in the genocide of religious minorities in the
Middle East and stood by while Islamists destroyed the lives of thousands of
women through sex slavery and human trafficking. They refused to grant asylum to
tens of thousands of Christians being persecuted, tortured, and murdered
throughout the Middle East. Don't trust our word on this. Go to Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agents on the ground and they will tell you horror stories
that will drive you mad.
The U.S. is not immune. The cover of Muslim Brotherhood fronts
like the Council for American-Islamic Relations has facilitated their arrival
here in significant ways.
What will it take for the administration to realize that
radical Islam is the cancer, and that the legitimacy it have provided to their
front groups is crippling the U.S. from within?
Perhaps nothing will. The president who promised to end all
wars has instead placed us at the epicenter of World War III.