“But when people have no hope, when there’s despair, little else matters,” said Hagel. He continued: “And this is not about terrorists don’t like freedom. Tell that to the Palestinian people who have been chained down for many, many years. Terrorism is not a strategy, it’s a tactic. Terrorism is not a plan. It’s not a belief like democracy or monarchy. It’s a tactic.”
Hagel was speaking during a January 24, 2007 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq. Hagel’s views on terrorism are not abnormal for the Obama administration.
John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterror adviser, once defined them term jihad as to “purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal.” Brennan is now Obama’s pick to head the CIA.
Hagel’s moronic comments were captured in this CSPAN video: