America at Risk: Albert Camus, National Security, and Afghanistan


One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves. (Albert Camus)

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 U.S. House of Representatives and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) senior fellow Newt Gingrich will warn 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 Albert Camus and George Orwell, Gingrich will describe the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality.

He will explain 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 will argue 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.

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Media Contact: Hampton Foushee

American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-5806

2 Responses to America at Risk: Albert Camus, National Security, and Afghanistan

  1. Donna Halper says:

    Newt Gingrich is a partisan Republican who likes to go on Fox News and elsewhere to distort what President Obama and other Democrats say, in order to score cheap political points for the Republicans.

    Mr Gingrich believes in a VERY radical ultra-conservative Christian agenda, and I tend to dismiss his assertions about “the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality.”
    Much of this is Gingrich’s stump speech (he is perpetually running for president). He offers tired and very discredited rhetoric, and anyone who fact-checks (I recommend snopes.com or factcheck.org) will find that what he claims the President said is NOT what Obama said at all.

    That said, I don’t think any houses of worship belong near Ground Zero. But I find it odd that Mr Gingrich has nothing to say about the real scandal– nearly 10 years later, there is NO monument to the brave men and women who died on 9/11.

    Thanks to political wrangling, corporate greed, and a lack of agreement on a plan, there is still a gaping hole at the site of the attacks. Not a word from Mr Gingrich, who would much rather demagogue against Muslims and against the current president. How shameful.

  2. Too often partisanship poisons our national dialogue. Unfortunately, respectful discourse across party lines has become the exception – not the norm.

    Electoral politics are partisan – policy should not be.

    http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org

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