Television personality Brian Kilmeade visited Mercury Studios in Texas to introduce his new book, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History.
The Fox & Friends co-host said one of his main motivations for writing the book was watching Glenn provide historical perspective to the issues we face today during his TV show.
"He wasn't just looking to cover that day, he was looking at doing it in the big picture, and then he brought us to why he felt the way he felt," Kilmeade said.
To give insight on today's war on terror, Kilmeade decided to tell the story of when our nation first became involved with fighting Islamic terrorism.
"To put it in perspective, you've got to go back to 1784," Kilmeade said.
At that time, Islamic pirates in the Mediterranean Sea were wreaking havoc and extorting the American government for the safe passage of ships in the region. American ambassadors soon became aware the situation was not going to get better.
"They saw through this. They said, 'Wait a second, Islam is their religion, but money is their god.' They wanted money and power," Kilmeade said.
"In the end, it was Jefferson that took it to the Tripoli Pirates because he wanted to send a message that we would not be a soft touch and we would stand up for our rights," Kilmead said. "He also knew from trial and error that you had to show these Islamic extremists power, and then you had to prove to them you would use this power in order to get their respect and to stop the attacks."
Watch the video of Kilmeade discussing his book below.