Threats to Amer­ica

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich warned in a ma­jor speech May 15 that the United States is fac­ing the dan­ger of de­feat to­day sim­i­lar to Bri­tain in the early days of World War II.

U.S. mil­i­tary, eco­nomic and in­tel­lec­tual power is erod­ing as threats are grow­ing and both Repub­li­can and Demo­crat lead­ers are de­fi­cient, Mr. Gin­grich said. The five “great­est strate­gic threats” to the coun­try, he said, are China’s rise, a resur­gent au­to­cratic Rus­sia, rad­i­cal Is­lam, rogue regimes seek­ing weapons of mass mur­der, and the growth of an anti-demo­cratic sys­tem led by a “bu­reau­cratic in­ter­na­tional elite.”

The U.S. needs a grand strat­egy to con­front and out­match all five threats, but noted that “cur­rent Amer­i­can ef­forts are too small, too unimag­i­na­tive, and too timid.”

“Faced with th­ese large, sys­temic chal­lenges, the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in both par­ties are re­fus­ing to deal with the scale and the ur­gency re­quired for con­tin­ued Amer­i­can pros­per­ity, safety, and free­dom,” Mr. Gin­grich told the Busi­ness Ex­ec­u­tives for Na­tional Se­cu­rity.

Ide­o­log­i­cally, “we find our­selves crip­pled by po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and in­ca­pable of hav­ing hon­est con­ver­sa­tions about meet­ing the threats around the world,” Mr. Gin­grich said.

Re­cent guide­lines by the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity and Na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Cen­ter in­struct­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials not to use “Is­lamic terms” to de­scribe ter­ror­ists is “enor­mously self-de­struc­tive,” he said.

“If we can­not have an hon­est dis­cus­sion about the na­ture of the threats against us, we can­not de­velop strate­gies to meet those threats,” he said. “It is sim­ply sui­ci­dal to treat the al Qaeda net­work as sim­ply ‘an il­le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, both ter­ror­ist and crim­i­nal’ while ig­nor­ing the rad­i­cal re­li­gious foun­da­tion un­der­pin­ning this and other groups that con­sti­tute an Ir­rec­on­cil­able Wing of Is­lam. Any­one blind to this should be dis­missed from work­ing in na­tional se­cu­rity.”

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