President Barack Obama refusal to admit that America’s real enemy isn’t al-Qaida but radical Islam legitimizes groups that believe there is a conspiracy against Muslims, leading terrorism and national security expert Steve Emerson tells Newsmax.TV.
Emerson charged that Obama had taken the easy path by identifying al-Qaida and not confronting the larger issue.
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“Mr. Obama, before he was president and as president, only says that al-Qaida is the enemy that’s it,” the Newsmax contributor said. “Al-Qaida isn’t the enemy. Al-Qaida is a subset of the enemy. Radical Islam is the enemy and they won’t admit that. There’s a big issue here.
“What they’re doing is essentially legitimizing the whole spectrum of Muslim Brotherhood groups that dominate the radical world that believe that there is a conspiracy against Islam. … This delusional notion that somehow the West is involved in a war against Islam since 1095 the year of the first Crusades.”
Emerson noted that while al-Qaida remains a major threat overseas, it has not been involved in the majority of attempted attacks in the United States, something the administration refuses to acknowledge.
“There’s been an exponential growth in the number of individual attacks – planned attacks – not orchestrated by al-Qaida or any group, but people who are what they call lone wolves or radicalized, whatever,” he said. “The real bottom line is that al-Qaida is really no longer the major issue in terms of … the United States. Seventy percent of all planned Islamic attacks in the last 5 years have not been orchestrated by a-Qaida. And yet this administration won’t utter the term radical Islam. It says the only problem’s al-Qaida.”
Emerson rejected arguments by some in the Islamic community that many of the threats should not be taken seriously and that the perpetrators are troubled individuals.
“It’s funny,” he said. “If the United States does something like four soldiers urinate on Taliban corpses, it’s exemplary of the entire U.S. military by these same Islamic leaders,” he said. “But if a militant Muslim terrorist plans an attack here, somehow he’s deranged and not motivated by radical Islam. These people are apologists.”
“When you say Muslim pushback, pushback is by the Muslim Brotherhood front groups’ infrastructure in the United States. They dominate 99 percent of the leadership here, unfortunately. So they disenfranchise a lot of moderates. Unfortunately, as is the case overseas, they’ve got the money, the organization, they were here first in 1963, set up organizational front groups, grew all around the country, and now they under the cover of being Islamic civil rights groups like CAIR: the Council on American Islamic Relations.”
On other issues, Emerson said:
--The Muslim Brotherhood’s “radicalism is basically cloaked in this deception when they say they’re for peace and justice and moderation. … And with this administration I first thought they were sort of dupes or unwitting collaborators. I don’t believe that any longer.”
--The administration refuses to acknowledge radical Islam. “They won’t talk about that. In fact there’s no mention at all the words radical Islam in any national security document whatsoever in the last three years. It’s been banned.” He added that Islamic groups “here want to sanitize the entire popular culture of any mention of radical Islam thinking that somehow if they erase it from books, they erase it from power points, they erase it from the vernacular, they erase it from Hollywood where they censor it, they erase it from magazines where they protest, somehow the public isn’t going to be suspicious or concerned about radical Islam.”
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