America at Risk: Camus, National Security, and Afghanistan
With a Keynote Address by AEI Senior Fellow Newt Gingrich

 

Almost nine years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States has yet to confront the threat posed by the extremist and irreconcilable wing of Islam. Former Speaker of the House and AEI senior fellow Newt Gingrich warned that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America. Drawing on the lessons of Camus and Orwell, Gingrich described the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality. He explained why we need a debate about this larger war against the irreconcilable wing of Islam—which mortally threatens America’s way of life, freedom, and rule of law—and how it relates to the nuclear threat from Iran and the various other risks posed to America’s very existence. Most importantly, Gingrich argued that America will remain at risk until it confronts this willful blindness about the nature of its enemies and the nature of the war in which it is engaged.

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