HH: I’ll spend a lot of the program today talking about the latest throw down between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as Ted Cruz pushes back against Donald Trump’s attack on Heidi Cruz. But I begin by focusing on the civilizational struggle that manifested itself in Brussels two days ago with United States Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator McCain, welcome back, good to talk to you again.
JM: Thank you, Hugh, and thanks for having me on again, and I’m sorry about the circumstances. But it was all predictable and predicted.
HH: There was a story in yesterday’s New York Times, Senator, that said important pockets of the disenfranchised and isolated are embedded in most European countries. It named Bradford in England, the heavily Kashmiri and home to the London subway bombers, largely Muslim, East Birmingham, and then it talked about parts of Belgium, which have become basically self-ghettoization and ungoverned spaces. The same problem exists in France. How in the world does the West get its act together against this?
JM: Well, first of all, you have to go to Raqqa and take them out there, because that’s where they’re getting their direction and inspiration, from ISIS. And as long as they have this base, by the way, the information, and I know you’ve heard, they’re setting up a chemical weapons factory in Raqqa. And you have to go to Raqqa and Mosul, and it’s going to take some, I emphasize some, American boots on the ground. I’m talking about 10,000 out of a force of Sunni Arabs of about 100,000. Will they do that right now? Probably not with the failure of leadership of Barack Obama, but they will, because they view ISIS as a threat to them as well. So you’re going to have to either kill them there, or you’re going to kill them in the United States, or in Europe. Now as far as these enclaves are concerned, obviously you’re going to have to monitor them. Obviously, you’re going to have to use sophisticated monitoring, and it doesn’t mean foot patrols throughout these areas. But it’s also a bit of a lesson, Hugh, and you may disagree. If people come to a country and they never had a chance to be part of that country, then you see this kind of polarization that is, that we’re seeing take place in the ghettos around Paris, major cities in Europe. But the first thing we have to do is take out their inspiration, who they believe is winning, and that’s ISIS, whose geographic base is in Raqqa, Syria, and we have no plan to do that. As former Secretary Bob Gates said, there is no strategy. And this president seems to act as if these threats were inconsequential at best, some of the most bizarre behavior on the part of any president I have ever seen. Continue Reading