Author Robert Spencer: Obama Must Confront Islamic Extremism

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 07:46 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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The Obama administration's understanding of the Arab world is rooted in "fantasy," which left the United States vulnerable to the Boston Marathon bombing, and puts the nation at risk of another 9/11-type attack says expert Robert Spencer.

Spencer, author of "Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In," told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday that President Barack Obama's willingness to appease rather than confront Islamic extremists and support of redundant immigration laws that allow terrorists to enter the country undetected is proof his views are "completely out to lunch."

"The Arab Spring was widely hailed as being this wonderful flowering of democracy and pluralism and it was really anything but," Spencer said. "It was actually from the beginning an Islamic supremacist takeover. The Obama administration's beliefs were completely tied into fantasy about this. The same approach to domestic terrorism, to jihad threats in the United States is informed in just the same way, by fantasy instead of by reality. And this has been to our great detriment and caused great damage."

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Among the damage that could have been prevented, according to Spencer, was the Boston Marathon bombing last April.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Russians told the FBI that he was a strong believer in radical Islam and that he had tried to join an underground group in Dagistan," Spencer said. "The only underground groups in Dagistan are jihad terror groups. So the FBI was essentially told by the Russians that this man was a jihad terrorist. They did not however keep him under surveillance or think that it was necessary to do so.

"There are two possible reasons for that. One was that they got so many jihad terrorists in the United States to track that they simply didn't have the resources, but the other option — and it's much more likely — is that the problem was that political correctness has prevailed over the FBI to such an extent at that point that the FBI was unable or unwilling to do anything about Tsarnaev.

Spencer fears that this sweeping political correctness coupled with failed immigration policy has left the United States wide-open to another large-scale terrorist attack.

"It is very likely that somebody who comes in illegally could be involved in another 9/11 attack," Spencer said. "The problem with the border is very large. Other than Mexicans, the OTM category is largely taken up by Islamic jihadists from Iraq, from Afghanistan, and elsewhere sneaking in into Texas and Arizona and California disguised as Mexicans or in groups of Mexicans so that there is this entire category that immigration officials use to classify them. You've got to wonder, why is somebody from Afghanistan sneaking in via the Mexican border? We already know that Hezbollah is there in Mexico training drug dealers and that some of those drug dealers have actually gone to Syria to wage jihad."

Spencer added that until honest discourse about Islamic extremism is accepted in this country, we will remain susceptible to attack.

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