HH: I’m joined now by the governor of the great state of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.
BJ: Hugh, thank you for having me back, and enjoy the event. I had the chance to go to the Reagan Library for the first time last February. It’s an amazing, amazing place.
HH: Great venue, wonderful opportunity to talk about an important book. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to read The Great War Of Our Time, yet, but it’s sort of the companion volume to the Looming Tower. And I want to start there with something one of your competitors in the race for the presidency, Rand Paul, had to say this week on Morning Joe, Governor Jindal. Let me play it for you, and then we’ll pick up on what he had to say. He’s talking about who caused ISIS. Here’s Senator Paul.
JS: Lindsey Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul, who said let’s not go into Syria. What do you say to Lindsey?
RP: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’ job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya, because these same hawks in my party loved, they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it, but Libya is a failed state, and it’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran. So everything that they have talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years, and yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise.
HH: So Governor Jindal, is Rand Paul right? Are the hawks right? Where is Bobby Jindal on this issue?
BJ: Well, Hugh, I was appalled by his statement. Listen to what he said. ISIS exists because of the hawks in the Republican Party. You know, if President Obama had said that, every Republican Senator and Governor would be calling him out rightfully. It’s just not right to blame America first. We need to be honest and strong, especially when we see somebody in our own party blaming America. Either the Senator didn’t mean what he said, which I hope, or he’s actually to the left of President Obama, and even Hillary Clinton. We’ve, for the last six years, we’ve had President Obama blaming America and trying to fight ISIS with weakness. Hugh, ISIS is evil. Not only do they oppose America, this is evil. This is radical Islamic terrorism that must be confronted. It must be destroyed. It was not created by the foreign policy hawks in the Republican Party. This is just, this is reckless rhetoric. This is was somebody who’s auditioning to be president of the United States. Here’s the second point, though. For the last six-plus years, we’ve had this president try to lead from behind through weakness. We’re not going to repel evil through weakness. Evil is repelled by strength. You’re going to the Reagan Library tonight. President Reagan understood that a stronger America meant our friends could trust us, our enemies feared us. We haven’t had that kind of leadership, and as a result, Iran is on the march, Putin is on the march, China is on the march. You look around the world, we’re not standing with Israel. Iran is stronger now than before, in Iraq and Lebanon and Syria and Yemen. All over the world, we have seen the fruits of weakness. And so I thought the Senator’s remarks, to me, I think they’re outrageous. I think that it shows him to be unqualified to be our commander-in-chief. Continue Reading