Gingrich Calls President Out on Radical Islam: “No One Wants to Tell the Truth.”

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With the United States dropping the first bombs in Iraq since troop withdrawal a couple of years ago and Hamas breaking yet another ceasefire with Israel, Newt Gingrich this morning spoke with CNN’s New Day about Barack Obama’s failure to recognize extreme Islam for what it is. “Nobody wants to tell the truth,” Gingrich said in response to the president’s Thursday night address. “The truth is this is a radical Islamist group. They say openly if you don’t convert, we’ll kill you. It turns out they actually mean it.”

Gingrich is talking about a problem that has plagued American foreign policy since Obama took office. His administration has always been one of conciliatory appeasement, even in the face of facts that make diplomacy an unlikely approach. Gingrich’s words ring with undeniable truth when he says, “There’s a war against Christians across the region, and the fact is we’ve got to be prepared to be honest about this.”

The man couldn’t be more right. The war isn’t just against Christians, however, but also against Jews, atheists, and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the exact mode of extremist Islam preferred by whichever terrorist group happens to be doing the bombing (or the beheading, as the case may be). But while their enemies may share many faces, the perpetrators of this violence wear the same mask. It is the mask of religious fundamentalism, and to avoid calling it out for what it is only ensures that there will never be prolonged peace in the Middle East. Or in the Western world, for that matter.

Obama has played this game of semantics since before he took office. Re-characterizing the war on terror was among his first priorities when he stepped into the White House. No longer would America play the part of the world’s “bad guys.” Because that’s how he saw it, and it’s probably how he continues to see it. The greedy, wealthy, ignorant country across the pond, sticking its military nose where it doesn’t belong. Everyone remembers the apology tour of ’09, where the president touched down in every country in Europe, promising that the dark reign of George W. Bush was well and truly over.

Say what you will about Bush, though; at least he understood what it was we were up against. Perhaps it was because he had his own religious convictions that he was unable to stand idly aside and pretend Islamic fascism didn’t represent the greatest threat to world peace in modern times. Perhaps it was because he learned from his father and Ronald Reagan that military might only matters when you use it. Perhaps it was because he stood atop the wreckage of the Twin Towers, amongst all the dead, and saw the tragedy for what it was.

Bush made some mistakes in his mission to rid the world of Islamic terrorism, but his willingness to paint the problem in clear strokes of black and white was not among them. It has been thirteen years since 9/11, but you would have to be wearing a mighty fine pair of rose-colored glasses to believe that there will never be another attack of similar magnitude. This administration’s refusal to see the enemy for what it is only increases the likelihood that it will be sooner than later.