Former New York mayor and GOP presidential candidate George Pataki talked about the Iran deal, Lindsay Graham’s solution to the Syrian crisis, and suppressing Islamist propaganda.
HH: It’s Hugh Hewitt. On this, the ninth day of September, 2015, a week from today at the Reagan Library, I’ll be a panelist at two debates. On the first debate panel will be former New York governor George Pataki. I welcome him back to the Hugh Hewitt Show now. Governor Pataki, good to see you. I look forward to seeing you next week in California.
GP: Great being on with you, Hugh. I’m looking forward to it as well.
HH: Now I have an interesting question that comes from a guest I have in studio. Nicky Woolf is from the Guardian and he’s writing a debate profile run-up sort of thing, and yesterday he asked me if I didn’t think my concern with the Looming Tower and national security and Islamists is because I was on the air on “9/11” and I broadcast[ed] for six to eight hours that day and I was traumatized by it. And I don’t know about that, but how does “9/11” impact George Pataki to this day?
GP: Oh, there’s no question it has had an impact on me everyday. I saw the consequences of our thinking that because radical Islam was isolated on the other side of the world, we didn’t think it posed a threat to us in America. And it did. And I will never forget that lesson, but I fear that too many Americans from the President on down have forgotten that lesson. We are at [a] greater risk of an attack today – in my view – than at any [other] time since September 11th.
HH: Now when people hear that, though. They wonder, what do you mean by an attack? Do you mean a lone wolf or a pack of lone wolves or a known wolf jihadi attacking one facility with small-arms fire or a mass destruction like “9/11?”
GP: I think both, but first of all, let me say I think that the concept of a lone wolf is bogus. Continue Reading