Governor Romney understands the Jihadist threat

On the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I thought it would be informative to see what Governor Romney had to say about the Jihadist threat during his last campaign. I’ve quoted it below from his “Strategy for a Stronger America” policy statement (emphasis mine). Not surprisingly, he was spot on, and continues to have a clear understanding of what we are up against.

CHALLENGE: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism.

Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.

Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them. The consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: “Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home.  We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion.We have all that we need.We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our grandparents.We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation.” (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The
George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/07)

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: “I think many of us still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, by Jihad. Understandably, we focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. Our men and women are dying there.We think in terms of countries, because we faced countries in last century’s conflicts. But the Jihad is much broader than any one nation or nations. Jihad encompasses far more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For radical Islam, there is an over-arching conflict and goal - replacing all modern Islamic states with a caliphate, destroying America, and conquering the world.”
(Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/07)

Giuliani’s Record on Terrorism

Ramesh Ponnuru at The Corner this evening:

So I finally read Wayne Barrett’s Giuliani takedown in the Village Voice (I linked to it a while ago). It goes through Giuliani’s five big lies about 9/11. The first three are, if true, pretty devastating. It appears that Barrett’s reporting was pretty meticulous. But he does have an axe to grind —see this Barrett hit on Giuliani’s personal life, for example—so I’m not sure whether he is leaving anything out that exculpates Giuliani.

Having thus far read through the first three (out of five) topics, and even keeping in mind that there is no love lost between Barrett and the former Mayor, devastating is exactly the word I would choose for it. It will be interesting to see whether Team Giuliani addresses these concerns head on, or hopes they can worry about it after the GOP primary.

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