Clear thinking Admiral.
To understand the threat we face today, we must be clear in the terms we use. It is not violent extremism or even radical Islam: it is Islam itself, which has remained unchanged for over 1,300 years. The former Turkish Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated it best when he declared “Islam is Islam. There are no modifiers,” e.g., Islamic Extremism.
Clearly, any thinking individual understands that Islam is a totalitarian ideology that is bent on world domination under one religion and ruled by the draconian Shariah. It is totally incompatible with the Western world’s concept of freedom and democracy, and our Constitution. Furthermore, until it is understood that Islam is a political movement (similar to communism) masquerading as a religion, we will not be successful in combating the enemy.
ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY: IDENTIFYING THE ENEMY
While America continues to face an expanding national security threat, President Obama has great difficulty in identifying the enemy that has been at war with the United States for over 35 years.
Using terms such as “violent extremism” and “workplace violence” does an enormous injustice to our military forces, as well as to all law enforcement agencies that must be prepared to confront the Islamic jihadis on a daily basis. For example, the Obama administration directed all of our training manuals, that accurately portrayed the Islamic threat, to be purged by removing anything that didn’t portray Islam as a religion of peace.
Probably, the worst six words President George W. Bush ever uttered were “Islam is a religion of peace.” He most likely was urged to make such a statement by his Muslim Brotherhood advisors who had already penetrated our government agencies during the Clinton administration. Regrettably, those words are repeated by a number of Western leaders under the guise of political correctness and should be discarded. Furthermore, the Obama administration’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood must cease. They must be removed from all government agencies and those front groups, e.g., CAIR and ISNA, shut down.