By Jim Campbell
April 19, 2028
Is it really American’s ability to understand Jihadists or the medias selective reporting along with progressive/liberals in our congress that choose to ignore them?
Should the jihadis gain a serious foot hold in America which I’m by no means certain they ever will, it would be the politicians and so called intelligent people first to be rounded up and executed.
It has hamstrung our foreign policy for decades.
One of the biggest ongoing problems of U.S. foreign policy is a failure to understand what we’re really up against.
This problem is nothing new, although Barack Obama took it to new heights by banning all mention of Islam and jihad from counter-terror training, with many of his loyalists still in place and hampering our ability to deal realistically with the jihad threat today. (Source)
How could U.S. and allied troops be engaged in “Overseas Contingency Operations,” as Obama called them rather than wars.
His actions were all over the place and would change with the blowing winds and sands.
This myopia goes back decades.
In Theodore H. White’s America In Search of Itself, there is this telling passage about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979:
Of the negotiating effort, the most biting summary was that later made by Captain Gary Sick of U.S. Naval Intelligence.
“Nobody knew what kind of person Khomeini was,” said Sick.
”In every day of this early crisis,” he said, “and right through until this day, there’s been this American inability to understand the true fanaticism of this man, not moved by any sense of compassion, by any concern for law, by any understanding of international tradition.
We’d been dealing with people like Kim Il-Sung, Mao Tse-tung, and other dictators.
Previously, there was said that leaving the life of Comrade Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung commanded to hold high the torch of the world revolutionary liberation. to which Chairman Mao brought Lenin and Stalin.
One day in April 1975, Kim Il Sung, who arrived in Beijing, Mao Zedong met with the patient’s bed, his eyes which fairly moist.
Mao opened his soul to the distinguished guests from North Korea:
– I received the news of the visit of President Kim Il Sung in China a week ago, arrived in Beijing. During those days I kept thinking of Comrade Kim Il Sung. Yesterday and today, in fact, I could not sleep for joy of the forthcoming meeting with President Kim Il Sung.
“… As before, we continue to world revolution and the international communist movement should be in charge of President Kim Il Sung. About world revolution no one can care for, but Kim Il Sung. My sincere request to you, Comrade Kim Il-sung – and continue to maintain direct cause of world revolution and the international Communist movement. ”
Before parting, he firmly took the hand of Kim Il Sung, he said like this:
– Apparently, this is for us the last farewell.
I have a very close battle a friend and brother – such a world a great personality, as President Kim Il Sung.
I think this is my boundless joy.
The fate of the world revolution and the international communist movement – on your shoulders, Comrade Kim Il Sung.
I wish you long life and good health. This is my last request …
So it was difficult for us to grasp the total, unyielding, unwillingness of this man to consider any other factor outside of his own limited view of the world.
Khomeini was beyond the experience, if not the imagination, of anyone in the United States government.
We made that mistake repeatedly, of trying to deal with Khomeini as if he were a government.”
Khomeini’s Islamic regime was a government, but not in any sense that American diplomats were used to dealing with.
What set Khomeini and his regime apart from the likes of Kim and Mao was Islam, and few, if any, foreign service professionals in the State Department understood that or knew how to deal with it.
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