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


Speaker biographies

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of eight books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His most recent books include The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future (Basic Books, May 2010), Gross National Happiness (Basic Books, 2008), Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008), and Who Really Cares (Basic Books, 2006).

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and senior fellow at AEI, is a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations, an advisory board member of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an advisory board member of Common Good, a founding member of Project Vote Smart, and a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. He is also a news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel and writes a weekly newsletter for Human Events. He is the author of twenty-one books, including New York Times bestsellers Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works (Regnery, 2008) and To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine (Regnery, 2010). Along with his wife Callista, Mr. Gingrich hosts and produces historical and public policy documentaries. Mr. Gingrich is also chairman of the Gingrich Group, founder of the Center for Health Transformation, and general chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future.

Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production. Mrs. Gingrich and her husband, AEI senior fellow Newt Gingrich, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries, including Nine Days that Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, We Have the Power, and Rediscovering God in America, as well as an upcoming documentary on American national security. She is the voice for several audio books, including To Save America; To Try Men's Souls; 5 Principles for a Successful Life; Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less; The Art of Transformation; Real Change; Contract with the Earth; and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is also the voice for American Solutions for Winning the Future, a bipartisan organization for political and governmental change, as well as president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation.

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