NEW YORK – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney – co-authors of the 2004 bestselling book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror” – announced they have decided to change their designation of a “War on Terror” to a refocused “Global War Against Radical Islam.”
“We decided we had to redefine the terms so people understand radical Islam, as a political ideology, not a religion, has declared war on us,” Vallely explained in an exclusive WND telephone interview.
“Whether the American people realize it or not, radical Islam has declared war on the West since 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran and held 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days.”
Vallely and McInerney believe “it is important we tell the American people directly what this conflict is about, and the truth is this isn’t a war on terror, it’s a global war against radical Islam.”
Vallely argued “radical Islamic terrorists are the one that initiated this war against the West, declaring openly their goal to expand a global caliphate from Turkey down to Saudi Arabia, and across Africa, in a move to go global.”
“So, what are we fighting here? Is it criminality? No, it’s a global war started by radical Islam with a goal of expanding a political caliphate under Shariah law worldwide,” he said. “The point is that when you really look honestly at the situation, we are currently in a global war initiated by radical Islamists who intend to expend their political control around the globe.”
Vallely expressed strong concern over President Obama’s unwillingness to call the Paris murders at the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo an act of radical Islamic terrorism.
“President Obama actions since his 2009 speech in Cairo have indicated that he is a Muslim sympathizer,” Vallely charged.
On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave a speech on “A New Beginning” at Cairo University in which in which he spoke of “civilization’s debt to Islam.”
“So, I have known Islam on there continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed,” Obama said. “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
In contrast, Vallely referred back to his two in-person meetings last year with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“President el-Sisi is probably the most outstanding Muslim leader in the Middle East right now, because he has called for a fundamental change in radical Islam, and he has criminalized the Muslim Brotherhood as an extremist terror-supporting organization,” Vallely said.
“He explained to me eye-to-eye that he has to look through ‘the reality prism’ of the Middle East, while the politicians in the United States continue to look through the ‘political prism’ to guide them rather than the realities of the world.”
Vallely explained he considered it to be a profound statement, because in the United States, politicians, including Obama, are “always looking through the political prism,” afraid to offend Islam.
“In the United States, political correctness amounts to nothing more than appeasing Islam,” he insisted. “The truth is that we are in a global war with radical Islam that is a war of culture, a war of ideology, and there’s no getting away from that truth. That’s the reality prism. To declare that we are in a global war with radical Islam is the reality of what’s going on.”
Vallely contrasted Sisi’s advice with the politically correct statements of French politicians appeasing Islam, going back to the three-weeks of rioting in French housing projects in 2005 when more than 8,000 automobiles were incinerated by angry Islamic youth. The threat has led authorities to create “no-go” zones in Paris and other European cities that are dominated by Islamic extremists.
Vallely referenced the Obama administration’s current effort to establish positive relations with the Mullahs controlling Iran.
“The Obama administration has been trying to appease Islam, and what we have now in the Middle East as a result is expanding war and chaos,” he said.
He criticized the Obama administration for having no effective strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorists.
“You could say the Obama administration has a weak strategy against radical Islam, but the truth is the Obama administration has no strategy against radical Islam,” he said.
Vallely noted morale in the U.S. military under the Obama administration is said to be at a low point, with top level military being purged by the Obama administration because “they are out of synch” with officials like Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice, who he claimed are “clueless on a strategy” to combat radical Islam. Under the Obama administration, many top military commanders are retiring early, he said, “because with this group in the White House you either get along or you get going.”