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>> every weekend booktv offers programming focused on nonfiction authors and books. keep watching for more on c-span2. watch any of our past programs online at >> saturday january 24th is being called national readathon day. what is that? >> a date in january, coming the january 24th when all across america we are inviting readers to commit to spend the afternoon reading any book that they like. you can do it at home or many of the venues participating across the country which include libraries and bookstores and
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schools. >> why you promoting this? >> a wonderful, large and complicated question. our hope is to find different ways to foster a culture of reading in america and remind people of what the experience is like to sit and dedicate a nice long swath of time. we hear feedback all the time and people read less because they don't have time or do it in little snippets here and there but there is a real pleasure that comes from getting lost in the world of public that is different if you're checking your phone every few minutes on the go-between different venues and we want people to remember what that experience is like and get a little lost again in the world of books. >> you are setting a time frame four hours, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. saturday afternoon. >> exactly right. we agreed four ours was loggers in any of us normally spend
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reading a book but not so onerous that it would be impossible with kids or jobs or the things going on that there would be no way they could sit and do it. that was the agreed upon time and it seemed a reasonable amount to ask everyone to try to set aside. >> are there groups that are participating in this? >> we have a lot of groups from book clubs to local libraries and schools. on the "the drift of u.s. foreign policy and the challenges to western survival" 18 website there's a list state-by-state that participating. reusing the hash tag time to read reminding people why we make time to read so you can
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search on any ofs forms you already see a bunch of people participating talking about what they plan to be beating that saturday and you can't share what you will be reading, those of you reading with your cat snuggled up on your lap and participate in the larger virtual community. >> there's the money aspect to this as well. what is that? >> we -- similar to walka marathon to charity we would love if you want to consider raising money for the national book foundation. the national book foundation is most famous for the national book awards they give out every fall in fiction and nonfiction and poetry but they also do incredible work around the country bringing everything from literacy training tutoring, home libraries, authors to speak to kids in
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needy communities around america, that are not necessarily getting diverse programming in books and the national book foundation isn't filling that gap. the money will help support their ongoing efforts. >> how did you contribute? >> great question. you can find on the readathon web site the link to first giving for donations that many people are already familiar with. it is similar to what is used for marathons and you can donate any announce or your own fund-raising page and raise funds that way and it is under the event called national readathon day so it is easy to find. >> is there a target for how much you want to raise? >> this is our first year trying to do this so we are leaving it open to see what is happening. there are $15,000 raise already in these early days of it. i am pleased to see the diversity of people donating and it is the kind of thing where
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even smaller amounts i going to make a big difference in getting us to a nice number to give to the national foundation. >> this benefits the national book foundation but who are the corporate sponsors? >> we had a great group together, good reads as an talking about it in a newsletter and website and they are going to be having a reading party in san francisco which is where their headquarters is and matchable, one of the leading tech websites that has this incredible monthly book club they have been talking about and on social me and they are having a book party on readathon day in new york. from coast to coast and the sponsors coming to support it. >> don't forget your own blog, random house. >> thank you. i will be in trouble for that one. random house the publishing
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company, we have been supporting the effort as well. we have the number of doctors on board to be reading themselves for making these lovely videos the just started releasing yesterday actually, talking about why books are important in their lives and why they make time to read and they are fun. also on the web site, can be found on social media channels searching for that time to read hash tag. >> making time to read is important. >> if you don't make time to read -- >> the book can educate, entertain, and lightly >> nothing like a book to make you see the world and a new way. >> the impact books have had on my life. >> i have never been without a book. >> almost everything in our lives today don't require a password. >> i read when i should be
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looking at television. >> hard to find time to read but when you do it is biographical. >> i develop my love for reading as a boy growing up in college. >> at 10 i was reading all kinds of crazy stuff. >> ivanhoe. >> trash did redo. >> alice in wonderland treasure island. >> how appropriate. >> a wonder comes into the child's lives, the mouth drops open and you know the child is lost in the story. >> to me that is the ideal childhood. >> i like to pick up the book at my local neighborhood bookstore because i like a random encounter. >> when you read fiscal cute kind of leave your own world, leave your own space. >> everything we hold dear is in
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books. on you got to do is pick some up and go out, get a book and read. >> keep reading. >> national readathon day saturday january 24th, noon to 4 be ending your time zone. the times unwanted thing? >> penguins of the randomness of the or search national readathon day, it is the first thing it comes up. >> now as part of a conference on the 50th anniversary of the publication of james burnham's "suicide of the west: an essay on the meaning and destiny of liberalism" a panel discussion on u.s. foreign policy. this is about an hour.
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[inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon. i am membership director of the above the programming is my pleasure to introduce the moderator for the final panel which is readathon 11 -- "the drift of u.s. foreign policy and the challenges to western survival" survival". charles hill is a professor at the stanford institute and in the 2008 presidential election was chief foreign policy adviser to rudy guiliani. author of grand strategies and trial of a thousand years he teaches in the grand strategy, one of the most popular and rigorous disciplinary seminars offered at yale to handle questions of leadership and diplomacy. professor hill teaches in studies of western civilization freshman year program so without further ado please would join me in welcoming our moderator will introduce the panel professor
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charles hill. [applause] >> thank you and good afternoon. my first job before getting to the panel is to waive this in front of you "suicide of the west: an essay on the meaning and destiny of liberalism," this is just out, it is available, and as on, and it is for the handful of the is it haven't read this is theory, and kenny how relevant his work is to what we are talking about today. i recommend you get it online. today is a panel on the drift in u.s. foreign policy. we have three remarkable public intellectuals of wide-ranging influence on the panel today.
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i will introduce them in the order in which they will speak for ten minutes or so leaving less time for questions. kathleen troia mcfarland with fox news, national security expert, columnist, anchor for the debt con 3 at fox, served in the nixon ford and reagan administrations, she, as i once was, an aide to henry kissinger speech writer for secretary of defense weinberger, once deputy assistant secretary of defense, she has run for office with the senate and generally someone who really knows the business.
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the second, james kirchick 11 and since he was a student at yale he has become the classic foreign correspondent of the kind we don't see much of any more. he has the most recently with radio free europe, radio liberty, his publication list i have got to say is unmatched in its wide range. the new republic weekly standard, the wall street journal, new york times, the daily beast, the australian, it is really something. he will be talking mostly about his views on europe at the moment. and in clean up batting position, the founder of the institute for secularization of
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islamic society and vice president of the world's encounter institutes. he has written on all things about the koran, secularization of islam, about his own life or not as a muslim and he has done up fundamentally important critique on orientalism and you can imagine from his work that he has concerns about about his personal security. i will only say this title, "the drift of u.s. foreign policy and the challenges to western survival" may not be on target because it could be the course of american policy is exactly what president obama wants it to
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be. it is not drifting at all. he is not disengage he is not incompetent. is going exactly as he hoped, a little slower than he hoped, but it is perhaps in his view his finest hour. profile in courage, he stands up to the critics of his foreign policy. so we will begin with kathleen troia mcfarland. >> thank you very much. [applause] >> how many of you watch fox news? forget all the stuff he said. a brunette on fox okay. "suicide of the west: an essay on the meaning and destiny of liberalism". the majority of americans
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including the president believe our best days are over. his attitude is contagious. i think the president feels strongly that leading from behind means we will be left behind and that is okay because the world has not been a better place with american leadership. e-book that the last 10 or 15 years, certainly the last republican administration, and the president honestly feels, as do his like-minded contemporaries that the world is a better place if america takes a step down. why? because the global community whatever that means is somehow going to run things and i don't think he fought for what tends to happen when a great power steps back from the world's stage instead of the global community. it tends to be dictatorships monarchies, authoritarian governments to do not wish us well but who then take charge. if not that than global chaos. i want to ask you how many of
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you have bought into america's best days are over, children will not have as good a life as we have, it will be really great. empire of america had its beginning and its decline. how many of you think? a lot thinks this way that america's best days are behind? people outside this room 75% of them think america's best days are behind this. note they are wrong and you are right. the client is nothing new in america. we had it since the beginning of time. in my lifetime in the 1970s there was the soviet union that would have the better economic system, they were going to take over the world didn't work out so well so japan in the 1980s bought rockefeller center they going to run things and in 1990s was the european union. everybody had the euro. the with the model we were looking for.
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it didn't work out and now is china. president obama was in beijing and was treated like a lame duck leader of a has been nation and the chinese media was full of articles about america is finished, now it is china's turn america's days are over and they agree with some of the leaders of our country that that is probably a good thing. let me tell you why they are wrong. i think america is in fact a few political decisions and a couple years away from its second great american century. i don't say that like republicans who stand-up debating in the primary season of our electoral annual four year elections where they say i believe america is a great country and remember peter pan where if you close your eyes and peter pan sprinkles fairy dust and will come back to life. that is how -- is the next great
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american century for specific real reasons. if you look at the history of the world since the industrial revolution, wars have been fought over energy. countries and regions of the world which have had coal, oil, natural gas are wealthy beyond imagining. the countries would not had those things have tried to fight to get them. world war i was in part to determine who control the coal fields of central europe. hitler invaded russia in world war ii to get his hand on the oil. japan attacked pearl harbor because it wanted to continue its flow of oil through the pacific. we went to two wars the two iraq wars may have been disguise in other terms that they were in effect about oil. whoever has oil, whoever has energy controls the economic prosperity of the world. we have a president who a few years ago was talking about peak oil, we are running out of oil, it was all over, in decline. in the last civil years we have had a revolution in the united states which is just starting to come in to national
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consciousness because american technology, engineering and innovation, our people have looked underground, developed for 3d mapping and look underground and they have realized not only come oil and natural gas, probably greater than some of the oil and natural gas serious in the world. and to bring it out of the ground safely and securely. it has been fractured english hydraulic fracturing. all those things and there are parts of this country and offshore which have the ability to get oil out of the ground at 40 or $50 a barrel. what does that mean? a couple key decisions away. what is going to happen if we do make the correct decisions? i would say the correct decisions are things like he's done pipeline, no-brainer, allowing energy companies to drill on federal and state
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lands, corporate tax reform so the lower the corporate tax rates to repatriate probably $2.1 trillion of american investment that would come back to the united states and ability to export all the cheap energy. here is what i think happens. we take those decisions and here we are starting 24 months from now. number one. there will be jobs that are directly related to the energy industry or natural gas. we are already seeing that. the lowest unemployment rate in the united states is in north dakota because of fracking. conn you have embraced fracking. pennsylvania even more so embraced fracking to the point where if i live in new york state, people in new york state are moving in to pennsylvania because they can get jobs and pennsylvania is embracing on this and the new york state is not embracing it so there will be a direct number of jobs in the country as a result of fracking. probably some estimates there
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will be at numb to% to 3% due mingy and he. that is directly related jobs to energy. what happens is the second wave of jobs because as united states manufacturing becomes competitive, our energy is going to be 25% cheaper than energy in japan, probably 15%, 10% cheaper than energy in your. that means companies that have gone overseas in the last 20 years come back and the traditional manufacturing we have had, maybe not the same things, maybe new version of things, they will be made in the united states. in europe and japan. there is a third wave that comes which is cheap energy will marry up with the $2.1 trillion would come from overseas to be reinvested in the united states. they will invest in 3d printing robotics, nanotechnology, bioengineering, pharma. we will have a whole industrial revolution akin to what we had the first time and probably better than what we have the
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second time with the internet information age revolution. we're looking at a generation of economic prosperity. what does that mean? the next decision we make is for once we get our own energy industry kickstart did and we start exporting oil, natural gas. already exporting at a slower rate. we could do it more quickly but we will start exporting oil. what does that do to the price of oil? is already dropping without us exporting. natural resources and the domestic consumption. once it is the lily dollars a barrel at bankrupt the bad guys. russia is predicated on a budget that is $100 a barrel oil. vladimir putin drew up a budget of what russia will -- predicate on $100 a barrel oil. when he took it to the committee that oversees this and they said the one hundred dollars a barrel oil is a little optimistic, maybe it will be lower. he fired the committee and said the addition of one hundred
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dollar a barrel oil. the russians have rainy day funds to compensate for a lower price of oil but they are not infinite and probably last 18 months to two years. they will have to compensate for lower oil prices. lower oil prices won't go back. they may go to 90, they may go to 70 but they will hover below 100. what that does is russia, if oil doesn't get the $100 a barrel they don't make a will. their two goals, vladimir putin's goals are infrastructure rebuilding and defense buildup. and as a result people have very unhappy russians, russian military feet doesn't spend it on that, and at the russian retirees if he doesn't subsidize them and russian the ball ages of the dozen to build a new structure. the second thing is other countries we don't really like and don't like a start to run into trouble. iran, venezuela, they need high oil prices because they like the russians have spent the last
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15 years of the oil windfall profits they have had not investing. they have not built infrastructure is. they have not build alternative industries they have taken the money and in some cases bought military and in most cases just subsidize their populations and once those prices of oil and natural gas go down a have nothing and that is exactly where we were in the late 1980s when ronald reagan pushed the price of oil down when charlie was writing >> for him. the price of oil and $40 a barrel to $18 a barrel in nine months ended bankrupted the then soviet union. that is one of the key factors in the fall of the soviet empire. what is going to happen? the united states has a manufacturing renaissance. at the same time that the bad guys go broke. now let's look at china. china will take over the world. if you look at china they are demographic time bomb. i was in china, i was in beijing in the spring and it was a
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beautiful, sunny day and i went to central park and i live in new york. when i go to central park on a sunny spring day what do i see? you see mom two strollers, two identical twins because of the reasons. you see a lot of little kids and you see dad and maybe you see granny and they are all hovering and there's a dog too. you go to china, central park, what do you see? one of boy child who is 3 years old and four sometimes six covering adults use the mom, dad, granny, gramps those six adults, looking at that child's, they have a term for that, little emperors because of the one child policy the chinese have a much higher percentage of male birth so for every 120 130 males there are 100 females. i have three sons and two daughter this. boys who don't have anything to
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do and don't have a girlfriend, they are in trouble by the time they're in their 20s. that is where china is headed. they won't have made for this population, significant percentage of the population. their economy is on the downside for several reasons. their militarism and nationalism is on the upswing so the chinese are looking at i think not only at period where they are going to have demographic problems, remember the six adult hovering over that little boy emperor who will support them in their old age because there is no social welfare system in china, they will have demographic problems with the aging population and demographic problems with all the bullets and i think they are going to have social unrest problems because they can't keep the lid on social media forever. 8 react as they have seen the arab spring in the middle east in other parts of the world. they have gone very nervous that that could come to china said they have started trying to crush their whole exposure to the outside world.
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that won't last forever. we look ahead and i think it will be allowed the couple years. he is going to do what he thinks at this time. all the things he was dreaming of doing. couple very tough years but eventually change of leadership and the american people are not bolts. one of my m.i.t. colleagues, that they are so stupid. by the way if you don't watch fox news you don't even realize that m.i.t. professors said the only reason they would sell obamacare was because the american people were still good. the market was going to take over. and for the rest of our days, i am telling my five children we had jobs and i'm able to retire, it will be great.
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thank you very much. ♪ [applause] >> i hate to be a half-empty glass. i blame it on the last three years i spent in europe. the accouterments in addition to the suicide of the west democracy's parish which some of you may recall, very precious in reading these books, and the way they deal with the russian threat, the soviet threat. the remarkable similarities existed between the two. two days ago, i was there for the 25 food anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall.
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it was a very ominous location. most of the people didn't seem to understand why it was so ominous. several hundred miles east. and dividing europe once again. no one in europe thought possible that it could ever happen non-european territory. it is -- the european continent to place earlier this year. there's more going on on the european continent. the past several years, i was working for radio free europe and colleagues repeatedly warned us about russian aggression and russian influence and money and aggression against their neighbors and they were always derided as being these silly cold warrior people stuck in the past and don't you understand we have a new relationship with russia and why are you dragging
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us into these problems? now those people are proven right and i would say there were -- there were some nightmares, they could have said even worse things. look what vladimir putin this week has defended the hitler/stalin pact of 1939. this is very scary stuff. i don't think most people in europe have come to terms with enormous people in the united states of come to terms with how unpredictable this regime in moscow is. in the past year. some very discomforting fisheries within the trans-atlantic alliance and countries we had thought or expected to have been very firm supporters of nato, the unified western response to russian aggression. they were very weak links. the president of the czech republic, the defense minister of the czech republic and the
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president of slovakia. both of them like and the stationing of nato troops and their territory, both of these were members of nato. likens the stationing of nato troops in their territory as being akin to 1960 warsaw pact invasion of czechoslovakia. these are leaders of democratic allies, members of nato a hungry at this point would probably not be able to join the e.u. given the democratic backslide the we have seen. the russians have been expert at using ed snowden. however you think he got to moscow whether he was a russian agent from the beginning gorgeous ended up miraculously in moscow they have used a remarkably well in turning european public opinion against the united states particularly in germany where most of the most embarrassing leaks have been directed at german public
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opinion. i see michael hayden here. when i was in germany at told my german friends i am sorry but angela merkel should not have been discussing anything other than potatoes to a recipes on her cell phone. it is not a safe mode of communication. that has provoked very strong anti-american sentiment in germany. real unprecedented step of having the cia station chief scout of an allied in the sea that doesn't happen. that happened in germany this summer. is easy to lament european pacifism. we have been doing that for decades since the end of world war ii, the start of the cold war, calling on europeans to pay for more of their and defense to take a tougher line. there is a lot of blame lay at the feet of the administration in washington. when you take a policy of
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leading from behind, particular early in europe this is the first post you're a president we have had with no real connections to europe, no real affinity unlike the every other president had some selection to the european continent. this is the aging president that will have a pivot to asia. this is what happens when you lead from behind and you need allies to do as they please and make their own arrangements. you are a small country in the middle of europe, oftentimes those will be some sort of accommodation if you want to use that word with the bare. i was a in estonia couple of weeks ago. i see real possibilities that you could have crimea tight situation in estonia where there were no russian soldiers coming in no russian tanks. it is a handful of russian special operations forces taking over a government
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building in a majority russian town on the border. all vladimir putin has to do to destroy naylor said the estonian government invoke article 5 which mandates an attack on one is an attack on all and the portuguese and spanish saying we don't consider this an invasion. the most successful international security alliance the world has ever seen will be destroyed in one simple step. in the middle east what happens when you leave allies and devices and withdraw? no one believes president obama when he says he will prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. no one believes that. certainly not after a vcr in red line was announced and promptly ignored who. the saudis will develop their own nuclear program. you now have a rather remarkable
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alliance with israel and egypt and the sunni/arab powers. basically taking on a roll of the united states which was the region because we have pretty much announced we have no interest in the middle east, we left all these countries to sort it out for themselves. two months ago egypt launched air strikes in libya, do you remember that country or the leading from behind thing? they launch airstrikes in libya to prevent his longest militias from taking over the country. we left libya behind. this was according to the president himself in a recent interview with tom friedman he considers this the signal foreign policy achievement, it says something now that he would consider this to be the single
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achievement of the administration if you look at the state the country is in. they are launching airstrikes without even warning the united states before hand. this behavior would never have been tolerated, you would never have gotten away with it but now this is what happens. one of the key lessons we take from james burnham is how vulnerable democracys are to being manipulated being coopted by authoritarian powers. it is very easy to spread disinformation, propaganda, lies and i'm very interested in what the russians are doing in this field and the disinformation fields. if you ever see the network, it is a thing to behold. is horrible, evil sinister,
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brilliant television. it was a huge audience and it is not soviet style propaganda. this is real high-tech stuff. that appeals to people of all political stripes from the far left to the far right. it is camellia unlike and it works because we have a democrat society are we don't kick out there journalists, we don't sensors and and that is a major challenge. i hate to be so pessimistic, but i am very worried about the state of europe and our alliance structure. the next two years will be very difficult but i do ultimately agree with k.t. that in the end america will most likely indoor.
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[applause] >> thank you. i would like to thank the william f. buckley program for inviting me. i am a little puzzled as to why i was invited because i am not a foreign policy expert unlike my coat panelists and professor hill. i will make a few comments. keep that door open. professor hill mentioned, somebody has done their homework. i did not send this in i bio data to the organizers but professor hill mentioned i founded something called the institute for the democratization -- secularization of islamic societies which gives you the
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acronym. isis. anyway. and robert reilly and hugh fitzgerald. james burnham's book "suicide of the west: an essay on the meaning and destiny of liberalism" is full of insight on foreign policy which i find relevant to this day. the only a substitute for islam in many observations to realize the continuing curtains. i should limit myself to one of his observations from chapter xii, quote, the communists and divide the world into zones of peace and zones of war. the zone of peace means the region that is already subject to communist rule and the label signifies in the region the communists will not permit any political tendency violent or non-violent with purely internal or assisted through a challenge
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to their rule. be zoned of war is a region where communist rule is not yet but in due course will be established and within the zone of war the communists promote, assist and where possible lead political tendencies, violent or non-violent democratic revolutionary that operate against non-communist. use match the hungarian freedom fighters and support fidel castro. you know where you are where you are going. it is end of quote. it could easily have been at dictionary definition of the islamic doctrine of jihad and its notions of islam the zone of peace and the zone of war. on to my main points. i have broken them into a numbers points, but perhaps i
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can develop them in question time. we are engaged in a war of ideas. with our principal enemy and ideology, an ideology that will not collapse out of economic incompetence. the ideology of the terrorist is a religiously based and derive from islam and expounding texts the koran, the history of the early caliphate. one but not the only one way of knowing is because they tell us so. if you want to understand the enemy read what they say. they constantly justify their acts with accurate and citations from the koran, they refer to among other books works -- milestone is so important for the islamists. the defense of the muslim man,
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koran concept of power and nights under the profit's banner. some of the out ladder have doctorates from recognized islamic universities and to john kerry to tell them their ideas have nothing to do with islam is comical. islamic terrorism is not caused by poverty, lack of education, sexual deprivation, psychological problems or lack of economic opportunity, western imperialism or western decadence or the arab/is really conflict. there are two kinds of jihad, terrorism and slowed penetration of western institutions subverting western laws and customs from within.
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and sentimentality. and penetrating western institutions the pentagon, cia. documentation to back a ball that. i am not sure i have time afterward. the pentagon cia, fbi, pbs, to the university's and islamic propaganda and famously and openly -- groups such as isis al qaeda and others are not state actors funded by state suggests qatar saudi arabia and iran. these two countries also provide necessary islamic support, framework, propaganda that spews forth anti-western and anti-american hatred. they should be warned or face
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the consequences. constantly apologizing, mr. president, is not going to help at all, when the lessons of the cold war, and soviet russia. this is pointed out in the 1920s by bertrand russell in the 50s and more recently by maxine. you must speak out in support of the christians who have been persecuted and killed almost every day in islamic countries. and a humanitarian reasons, and other reasons that have to do what i hope would be the secularization of islamic society. in order to succeed we need urgently to recover a civilization will
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self-confidence. the last of my number points. one reason to fight jihadists ideology is to undermine the '70s, when can accomplish this with kranick criticism, in the west, espinoza and and and spinoza and his importance for keeping the indictment agenda. and to understand islamic ideology to understand the mindset of the islamic terrorists. terrorism is not caused by
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polity and so on. terrorists patella terry and ideology, and has managed to gil osama bin laden, the reasons for this failure on many. for us there's a reluctance to address the religious inspiration of the acts of terrorism. to admit that their ideology is derived from is on and founding text, the koran and the early history of the caliphate. the present administration exhausts -- to use euphemisms such as violent extremism.
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to close the report on this, the 9/11 commission report, and muslim, 145 times, and jihadists, 22 times, the national intelligence strategy, and in august of 2009, jihad zero times. obama's policy applies to internal government documents as well. our understanding of political groups and events in the middle east, afghanistan, pakistan and
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southeast asia. it was a strategy and tactics and was only in 1946 when george can and's classified telegram that america began to understand the nature of the soviet union. why it acted the way it did and how the kremlin -- why the u.s.s.r. was a threat to america. it took three decades to understand the mind of the enemy. to complicate matters further, today there are two enemies, european and religiously informed and on state terrorist groups like isis. second and equally dangerous states that in fact fund and support them. there is evidence that recently the forensic report in june of
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this year two of the most successful factions fighting the side's forces are islamist extremist groups, the islamic state of iraq and syria, their success is in part due to the support they have received from the two countries catarrh and saudi arabia at. that is a quote from the atlantic. to fight al qaeda and similar transnational terrorist act is. answer stringent terms of values we hold so dear. and in order to win one must first know oneself. and lost clarity with regard to what was about its way of life
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that was precious -- james burnham, the reasons for this loss of self-confidence. and it was relevant. he considered to possess less than well being of liberty, it was hard put to condemn that group morley for acts he would not hesitate to condemn in his fellows. and his associated feeling of moral vulnerability before the sorrows and demands of the wretched become obsessive. he often develops a generalized hatred of western civilization. you can frequently sends his hatred in journals like nation.
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inuit to succeed on my last point, we need urgently to recover self-confidence. ronald reagan was able to succeed because he wasn't really confident of the moral and spiritual superiority of his cause and was able to state with nt and without hesitation that the soviet empire was evil. he was not afraid to confirm reality. he was able to defend our values because he believed in an totally. he told an audience at mosc
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>> thank you all for these comments and insights. we have time for a few questions. if you raise your hand and wish to direct it to a particular member of the many, do so. >> thank you all for being here. i agree with all of you. my question though goes to the characterization of islam and islamic extremist. i remember very clearly on 9/11, or 9/12 when president bush said this is not an attack, we're not enemies of islam. we are only against a small percentage of islamic extremists. now, i know for a fact he didn't believe that, because the bush administration didn't act on that mythology. as a form diplomat i house it was pretty good tactical strategy at the very


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