Op/Ed - War on Terror: Over or Just Beginning?

By: Erick Stakelbeck 

It was May 2nd, 20ll, the day after the Al Qaeda kingpin was killed by U.S. forces. And CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen was ready to call it a day in the ongoing struggle against Islamic jihadists.

“It’s time to move on,” he continued, telling a radio interviewer that the Islamic terrorist threat to America had been all but eliminated with Bin Laden’s death. Bergen’s CNN colleague, Fareed Zakaria, went a step further, writing that Bin Laden’s demise meant radical Islam’s “existential threat to the Western world” was “gone.”

Bergen and Zakaria, two Obama administration favorites, were echoed by the President’s own Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, who later told reporters that Al Qaeda was nearly defeated.

The message sent to the American people by the Obama administration and their mainstream media surrogates was unmistakable: taking out Bin Laden and defeating Al Qaeda means the age of Islamic radicalism is over.

No mention, of course, of the growing power of jihadists like Iran, Hezbollah or the Muslim Brotherhood, all much greater long-term threats to America’s national security than Al Qaeda. Likewise, no mention of radical Islamists’ stealthy efforts to establish Sharia law in the U.S., infiltrate the highest levels of the U.S. government or of recent calls from American Muslim organizations to re-establish the Islamic caliphate.

Unfortunately for our left-wing elites in the government, mainstream media and academia, the American people are not stupid. Despite the Obama administration’s claims to the contrary, when Americans see the Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadist allies taking power across the Middle East and North Africa, they know instinctively, in their guts, that what is developing is not an “Arab Spring” but an Islamist Winter with dangerous consequences for the U.S. and our greatest ally, Israel.

The alarming truth laid out in Mercury Radio Arts’ new documentary, Rumors of War III: Target U.S. is that the United States is in the radical Islamists’ crosshairs now more than ever. A formidable group of expert insiders, including Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Florida Congressman Allen West, former Department of Justice prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo, among others, take viewers deep inside the Islamist threat to the American homeland, revealing shocking details about our vulnerabilities and our enemies’ intentions to exploit them.

In my 11 years of covering Islamic terrorism and national security issues, I can say without reservation that Rumors of War III presents the most truthful, in-depth and unflinching account I’ve seen of the imminent threats facing America. It contains the kind of unvarnished, politically incorrect analysis and information that is only whispered about in the back hallways of the New York Times, CNN and yes, most conservative media outlets.

In Rumors of War III, you’ll see how:

  •  Members of Muslim Brotherhood front groups that are sworn to the destruction of America have assumed influential positions in the U.S. government. Incredibly, these same radical Islamists are helping to direct the Obama administration’s counterterrorism and Muslim outreach policies.
  •  Hezbollah operatives are attempting to link up with Mexican drug cartels along America’s porous southern border in order to infiltrate and attack the U.S. homeland.
  •  Iran is linking up with anti-American, Marxist regimes throughout Latin America in an effort to establish a forward base to strike at the United States.
  •  Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons and its rapidly advancing long and medium-range missile programs pose an existential threat not just to Israel but to the U.S. as well.
  •  The coming Middle East War will spark worldwide chaos, quite possibly by the end of 2012.

As for the supposedly vanquished Al Qaeda, while its leadership has been weakened, the group now covers more ground geographically—from Pakistan to North Africa, Europe, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and beyond—than it did on 9/11. And the movement it has spawned has sparked a whole new generation of homegrown jihadists—U.S. citizens who are hell-bent on bringing down the country of their birth.

This is the kind of vital information that our leaders and opinion makers are actively trying to suppress. That’s why Rumors of War II: Target U.S. is a must-watch for every American who cares about preserving our security and way of life.

 

Erick Stakelbeck is a GBTV contributor and host of CBN’s Stakelbeck on Terror show. His book, “The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat,” was released by Regnery Publishing in 2011.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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