Radical Islam has declared war on America yet we're not allowed to describe them as our enemy. In fact, if in government and you do use this term, you are removed--which is what happened to me.
There are over a thousand cases currently pending against members of radical Islamist groups in all fifty of the United States of America.
They have conducted horrific attacks against innocent civilians multiple times now in the past 5 years killing well over 100 and wounding hundreds.
These are intentional attacks directed against innocent people. This can never be compared to car accidents like our president tries to do--he should be ashamed of how he has consistently described this enemy--leadership starts at the top and boy, do we need a new leader.
Next, ISIS is in control of large swaths of the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Central Asia, namely Afghanistan and Pakistan but also have elements in India and Indonesia, so this is truly a global problem.
The immigration of radical Islamists into Europe and those attempting to enter our own country--all must be stopped to determine what we have or as a minimum, severely slowed to better control the impact inside our country.
Until we get serious at home, get ourselves far better organized to deal with the growing problem of radical Islamism and its supporting allies, develop a comprehensive strategy and place one person in charge who is told to win, we are going to continue to get these same type of attacks or worse in our own country. And this problem will only grow worse--we must clearly define this enemy and then get about destroying them--just as we defeated communism, imperialism and fascism last century, we must do the same to radical Islamism.
Lastly, the Orlando attack was not an attack on a US city, it was an attack on America. In his speech, our President made the attack out to be a violent criminal act, counseled us all on gun control and told us we should stand up for the LGBT. We don't need him to preach to us, we needed him to lift us out of the shock that America was feeling after yet another horrific attack perpetrated by a Muslim man who has been radicalized in the faith of Islam.
Instead, the President demonstrated zero leadership tonight, lacked inspiration and you could tell all he wanted to do was make the statement and get out of the press room...a sad day for America indeed.
Lt. General Michael T Flynn is the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the author of the upcoming book, "The Field of Fight, How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies”. He is a member of ACT For America's Board of Advisors.