RICHARD DAWKINS & BILL MAHER excoriate ‘Regressive Liberals’ for giving a free pass to Islam

coexist-isisFamous liberals, Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher rail against ‘regressive leftists,’ contending that their politically correct censorship of any and all criticism of Islam is NOT in line with liberal principles.

Regressive leftists give a free pass to Muslims in spite of their savagery, misogyny, racism, and bigotry, because they are terrified of being called racist. This notion that somehow Islam and Muslim are this protected species that if we talk about them at all, or criticize them at all, it’s somehow hurting or humiliating Muslims,” the HBO host said. “It’s a ridiculous idea.”

More Islam truth-telling from BILL MAHER


GOOD NEWS! Americans, increasingly, would like to see Islam, as a religion, made illegal in the U.S.

889a948387114fc3e47579dbffa99bd6Capping a week when Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson set off a firestorm after suggesting a Muslim should not be allowed to be president, the results of a new Public Policy Polling survey are kind of alarming encouraging. When Iowans described as “usual Republican primary voters” were asked if Islam should be legal in the country, just 49% answered “yes.” (That many?Thirty percent said the religion should not be legal, and 21% weren’t sure.


MTV  Among those supporting Donald Trump, 36% said Islam should be banned while 38% said it should not. When it came to supporters of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum100% of responders said the religion should be illegal, in comparison with 6% of those backing Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Justin Mayhew, a communications specialist with PPP, told MTV News that the question was mixed in with other more innocuous queries about which candidates Republican voters favor in the upcoming primary, along with a number of other issues-based questions.


“We asked in a national poll in August whether Republican primary voters thought Barack Obama was born in the United States and whether he was a Christian or a Muslim,” Mayhew said, noting that those questions were spurred by ongoing suggestions by several GOP presidential candidates that President Obama is not a Christian and the refuses-to-die conspiracy theory that he was born in Kenya.

Jeb Bush hits Trump with “Obama is an American and a Christian,” and quickly lost 65% of the GOP base:


Since then, in response to Carson’s suggestion that a) he would not want a Muslim to be president and then b) that what he meant was that if a Muslim were elected president that person would have to renounce the tenets of their faith first, PPP added the new question about whether Islam should even be legal in the country. Carson has received a large influx of donations since his controversial anti-Muslim statements:


“The question about whether Islam should be legal is a direct product of the conversation around Ben Carson,” Mayhew said. “Am I surprised? Based on the results we’ve seen over the last month on questions about President Obama’s religion I’m not surprised. Mostly because I think when people say Barack Obama is a Muslim they just want to say something bad about Obama and take any opportunity to criticize him.”



Well, of course, Carly Fiorina would support a Muslim as president, she thinks the Ottoman Empire was the greatest civilization on earth

US-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES-CPACCARLY FIORINA not only panders to Islam, she made secret illegal deals with Iran (defying U.S. sanctions) to sell them $100 million in HP equipment, funneling the products through a subsidiary company in Dubai, while she was CEO of Hewlitt Packard.

Washington Examiner  During an appearance on “The Tonight Show” Monday night, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came out strongly against Carson’s assertion that he would not “advocate” for a Muslim president, and told the host that overall, “people of any faith make better leaders.”


“Well, I think that’s wrong,” Fiorina said of Carson’s comments. “You know, it says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. It is also true that this country was founded on the principle that we judge each individual and that anyone of any faith is welcome here.” 

“I actually believe that people of any faith make better leaders.


“But whether it’s a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism. I think those are important things.”

“And you would be fine with a Muslim?” Fallon asked. “Yes, I would be fine with that,” said Fiorina.







CARLY FIORINA’S secret deals with Iran while CEO of Hewlett Packard, not to mention her Ottoman Empire admiration, make her unfit for president

anmdda09b81cb0a5896Carly Fiorina’s illegal dealings with Iran, during her tenure as CEO of HP, were exposed in the Boston Globe which broke the story that Hewlett Packard had been selling its printers in Iran through a subsidiary company in Dubai, despite the fact that a trade embargo had been in place against the Iranian regime since 1997. The sales were halted shortly after the business dealings were published by the Globe.

Texas GOP  Fiorina claimed no knowledge that the approximately $100 million of sales through the subsidiary were coming from Iran, despite having been HP CEO (since 2000) while it was happening.  An investigation by the San Jose Mercury News last year showed that Fiorina did know.


  • “Fiorina in 2003 noted Middle East sales were defying global trends, and, as the Merc notes, HP’s partner there issued a press release saying sales topped $100 million and that “the seeds of the Redington-Hewlett-Packard relationship were sowed six years ago for one market – Iran.” 

  • Three of the three HP partners in the Middle East contacted by Christopher Stewart for a story in Portfolio magazine’s August 2008 issue readily agreed to ship printers to Iran. Portfolio notified HP of the incidents, but the company didn’t condemn them, instead refusing comment. Fiorina was gone as CEO at this point, but Portfolio noted that diversion of American products to Iran through Dubai had been going strong for many years, while Fiorina was CEO. 

  • HP had an office in the Dubai free-trade zones notorious for funneling American goods to Iran, Portfolio reported — so it had ample means to be aware of how its products were being shipped. 

  • After the SEC noticed the prevalance of HP products in Iran, it asked the company about the matter, and got back a letter from the company saying its Dutch subsidiary sold $120 million to Iran in 2008. 

  • Finally, in January 2009, HP severed ties with Redington Gulf, the distributor that had publicly bragged about its Iran trade six years earlier.”

Chuck DeVore, who worked for the Reagan administration Commerce department on import issues, and also was an aerospace industry executive, says Fiorina’s responses on the Iran deal are not credible.

“We’ve known for some time that throughout Fiorina’s watch, Hewlett-Packard used Redington Gulf in Dubai — named after its co-founder, William Redington Hewlett — as a front company for the circumvention of U.S. export restrictions to the Islamic Republic of Iran. If Carly Fiorina tolerated that level of unethical business practices in the Middle East, it is sadly predictable that she would exercise the same moral laxity elsewhere.

“When confronted with this news, Fiorina will do what she always does: deny knowledge despite having been a famously micromanaging and bottom-line-oriented CEO.” Fiorina was forced out of Hewlett Packard in 2005.

BNI was among the first to expose Carly Fiorina’s ‘Islam problem,’ both HERE  and HERE. And because the Muslim world still poses such a great threat to our National Security,  it’s important to at least take a few of her points and refute them, with the historical record:


Fiorina – “There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world. It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts.”

The Facts – The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), was an Islamic Caliphate…a form of Islamic government led by a Caliph, a person considered a political and religious successor to their prophet Muhammed and a leader of the entire Muslim community (Ummah). They, like all Islamic movements since Muhammed, invaded non-Muslim lands and took land, pillaged, raped, tortured and slaughtered…all with the same goal of conquering the entire earth for Islam. They slaughtered their way through Christian Europe for 500 years…hence the reason for the Crusades (see THE CRUSADES: A Direct Response To Islam’s Bloodlust).

Fiorina – “Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins. One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known.”

The Facts – From 1894-1923, the Ottoman Empire conducted a policy of Genocide against the Christian population living within its extensive territory. The Sultan, Abdul Hamid, first put forth an official governmental policy of genocide against the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1894. Systematic massacres took place in 1894-1896 when Abdul savagely killed 300,000 Armenians throughout the provinces. Massacres recurred, and in 1909 government troops killed, in the towns of Adana alone, over 20,000 Christian Armenians. 

This particular falsehood of peace and prosperity and the impression that there was diversity and equality for many peoples, is appalling when we consider that we have just come upon the 100th remembrance of the Armenian Genocide, committed by the Ottoman Empire…might Ms. Fiorina like to apologize to the Armenian (also Bulgarian and Greek) Christians for her comments?

Fiorina trashed Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw the prophet Muhammad’ cartoon contest saying: “It clearly was provocative, just like white supremacists demonstrating is provocative.”


Conservative Media correctly defend Curt Schilling’s Tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis

curt-schilling-320ESPN is getting widely slammed for suspending baseball analyst, Curt Schilling, over his controversial (to those on the left) tweet, which accurately compared Muslim extremists to Nazis, calling Schilling’s suspension “outrageous” and a “disgrace.”



Media Matters

Iowa radio host Steve Deace criticized Schilling’s suspension on Twitter, writing, “So @ESPN Cris Carter not suspended for advocating obstruction of justice, but Curt Schilling telling truth about Radical Islam is suspended.”

Sean Hannity: Schilling Was Trying To Educate People About The Past And ESPN Needs To Understand “There Is Evil In The World.” 


On the August 26 edition of The Sean Hannity Show, Sean Hannity criticized the suspension, saying Schilling was showing how we needed to “learn from past incidents of mass murder and evil,” and said, “there is evil in the world, ESPN.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 8/26/15]


Erick Erickson: Schilling’s Suspension Is “Outrageous,” “Political Correctness Run Amuck.” In an August 25 post, conservative pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson claimed ESPN “put political correctness ahead of truth and news” with their “outrageous” suspension of Schilling:


This is really outrageous. Curt Schilling pointed out how few people in Nazi Germany really identified with the Nazi Party to point out that even though so few people identify with radical Islam there is a problem. His point was sound. But it outrageously outraged ESPN, a network that has put political correctness ahead of truth and news. So they’ve yanked him from a little league broadcast. The nation has lost its mind. It’s also why I rarely watch ESPN any more. They’re so committed to offending no one that they’re offending so many people with political correctness run amuck. [The Erick Erickson Show, 8/25/15]


Mark Levin Calls For Viewers To Boycott ESPN: “There’s Nothing Controversial About The Curt Schilling Tweet.” 


On the August 25 edition of The Mark Levin Show, Levin said, “There’s nothing controversial about the Curt Schilling tweet,” going on to call ESPN “a disgrace” and encourage viewers to protest the network. [Cumulus Media Network, The Mark Levin Show, 8/25/15]


Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro on August 26. 2015, Defends Tweet, Condemns ESPN For Suspending Schilling “Without Any Real Rationale.” 


The tweet was offensive – to radical Muslims. Factually speaking, there were approximately 6.5 million formal members of the Nazi Party in 1940, out of a total German population of well over 80 million – a little over 8 percent. That number of members did not fully represent the level of support for the Nazi regime in Germany in 1940, of course. Unsurprisingly, ESPN refused to explain why Schilling’s tweet was unacceptable. Is it because radicalized Muslims are somehow better than Germans who weren’t formal Nazi Party members? Is it because the genocidal Iranian regime or the barbarians of ISIS are somehow less objectionable than the Nazis themselves?


Fox’s Todd Starnes: “When Did ESPN Turn Into MSNBC?” Fox News radio host Todd Starnes tweeted, “When did ESPN turn into MSNBC?”  



The Blaze’s Dana Loesch: No “Factual Dispute” With Schilling’s Tweet. In a series of tweets, The Blaze host Dana Loesch asked, “Where is the factual dispute?” and told Schilling to “stop apologizing” for the tweet:

Washington Free Beacon Calls Schilling’s Critics The “PC Crowd.” On August 26, The Washington Free Beacon implied that ESPN and Schilling’s detractors are the “PC crowd”:

Media Research Center: “Nothing Factually Inaccurate With The Message Of The Tweet.” Media Research Center’s Dylan Gwinn wrote on August 25 that ESPN’s reasons for suspending Schilling remain “a mystery”:

Schilling may understand the reasons for his suspension. Yet, they remain a mystery to me. There is nothing factually inaccurate with the message of the tweet. It in no way compares “Muslims” to Nazis. It compares the number of Muslim “extremists” to the number of German extremists, with the point being that whether you accept the math or not, extremists need not have a numerical majority in any one country or religion in order to take control, and create catastrophic results for the rest of the world.

Which, is absolutely true.

But of course, truth is always the first casualty. [Media Research Center, 8/25/15]


“We are a pack of wolves, not a herd of sheep. Courage is contagious when intended innocent victims rise up and take on an armed Muslim terrorist.”

Three unarmed Americans and one British citizen took down a Moroccan Muslim terrorist gunman on a French train, saving hundreds of lives. America is still a great country, despite the best efforts of Barack Hussein Obama to “put us in our place” and weaken our resolve to fight the Islamic threat.


WOO HOO! Texas Agriculture Commissioner will NOT apologize for anti-Muslim post

Don’t expect Sid Miller, the Texas Republican Agriculture Commissioner, to apologize for a social media post that apparently called for the nuclear bombing of ‘the Muslim world’ in order to have long-term peace – despite an outcry from critics.


Texas Tribune  Miller, who is currently on a trade mission to China, did not personally share a controversial photo that appeared on his campaign Facebook account and has since been removed, Todd Smith, the Republican’s campaign spokesman, said Monday. The commissioner has no plans to figure out which of his staffers shared the posting, or to apologize, Smith said.

Sid Miller, patriot

Sid Miller, patriot

“We’re not going to apologize for the posts that show up on our Facebook page,” said Smith, estimating that 18 people have access to the campaign account. “I don’t know who did it, but I’m not going to start a witch hunt to find out who did.” 

The photo, originally shared by the Facebook user The Patriots IV Drip 2, depicted a mushroom cloud framed by two statements: “Japan has been at peace with the US since August 9, 1945” and “It’s time we made peace with the Muslim world.” The posting also included the text: “#noislamknowpeace” and “#COMETAKE.” 

Not surprisingly, Texas ‘Dhimmi’ Democrats decried the posting as “hateful,” calling for an apology.



There is one big problem with stories about the “20 Muslim inventions that shaped the world”

They weren’t ‘Muslim’ inventions. Click on the ‘FACT’ links beneath each Muslim claim:


MYTH 1. Legend tells of an Arab goat herder who noticed their change in mood when his goats ate a certain berry. He boiled the berries and came up with the first coffee.

FACT:  Coffee

MYTH 2. The ancient Greeks thought light emitted from the eye (like a laser) causing us to see. It was a Muslim mathematician in the 10th Century that instead realized light entered into the eye. Astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham invented the first pin-hole camera after observing light entering a hole in the shutters. The smaller the hole was, the clearer the image.

FACT: Vision

MYTH 3. The game of chess we know today evolved from the players of Persia earlier than the 10th century. The rook comes from the Persian word rukh, meaning chariot.

FACT: Chess

MYTH 4. The “first in flight” may not have been Wright. A thousand years before Kitty Hawk, Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer Abbas ibn Firnas, made several attempts to construct a machine that would fly. First in 852, he used cloth stretched by wooden struts inventing what is thought to be the first parachute. At the age of 70, a machine of silk and eagle feathers held him aloft for 10 minutes after he leaped from a cliff. Baghdad airport is named after him.

FACT: Flying

MYTH 5. It was Islamic ritual to bath and wash during times in Europe when bathing was considered bad for your health. Arabs originated the general recipe for soap we still use today: vegetable oils with sodium hydroxide and aromatic oils such as orange or thyme. England saw its first shampoo thanks to a Muslim.

FACT: Bathing

MYTH 6. Around the year 800, alchemy was converted into chemistry by Islam’s foremost scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan. He invented many of the basic procedures and equipment still in use today – distillation, evaporation, crystallization, purification, filtration and oxidization. He discovered sulphuric and nitric acid. He invented the alembic still, for the creation of perfumes and alcoholic spirits. Ibn Hayyan was the founder of modern chemistry and a forerunner of the scientific method.

FACT: Distillation

MYTH 7. The crank-shaft, one of the most critical mechanical inventions of all time, central to the automobile engine, was created by an ingenious Muslim engineer called al-Jazari. His device could elevate water for irrigation around the year 1200. His Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices documents his inventive uses for valves and pistons, mechanical clocks and the first-ever combination lock. He is called the father of robotics.

FACT: The crank-shaft

MYTH 8. The process of quilting was introduced to Europe after Crusaders saw Muslim warriors wearing dual-layer shirts with layers of straw in between. The quilted shirts were an effective form of protection in battle as well as a form of insulation. It helped the Crusaders avoid the chafing resulting from their metal armour. Quilting became a cottage industry in the colder climates such as Britain and Holland.

FACT: Quilting

MYTH 9. The pointed arch of European Gothic cathedral fame was borrowed from Islamic architecture. It was superior to the rounded arch used by the Romans and Normans, and allowed for much grander buildings. Other inventions by Muslims included ribbed vaulting, dome-building techniques and rose windows. Muslim genius was also behind the building of Europe’s castles with their “arrow slits, battlements, a barbican and parapets”. The square towers and keeps of Europe proved to be inferior to the more easily defended round ones. “Henry V’s castle architect was a Muslim.”

FACT: Architecture

MYTH 10. The 10th century Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi designed many of our modern surgical instruments still in use today: scalpels, bone saws, forceps, and fine scissors for eye surgery. He established by accident that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (his monkey ate his lute strings!) and determined it can also be used to encase capsules of medicine. In the 13th century, 300 years before William Harvey’s assertions, another Muslim doctor named Ibn Nafis charted the circulation of the blood. We have Muslim doctors also to thank for inventing anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and hollow needles to extract from the eye cataracts, which is a technique still in use today.

FACT: Instruments

MYTH 11. Each year, when the Arabian desert dried up, the only way for the people to survive was to perform the backbreaking tasks of drawing water and grinding grain by hand. In 634, a clever Muslim inventor built the first windmill, which tapped on the only source of energy the desert could offer – a wind which blew steadily for months at a time. The first windmills had six or twelve sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. They provided power to draw water for irrigation, and turn mill stones for grinding corn. Europe wouldn’t see its first windmill for another 500 years.

FACT: The windmill

MYTH 12. The technique of inoculation, the introduction of a pathogen into a living organism to stimulate the production of antibodies, “was not invented by Pasteur” but originated in the Muslim world and was introduced to the European world by an English ambassador’s wife by way of Istanbul in 1724. “Children in Turkey were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50 years before the West discovered it“.

FACT: Inoculation

MYTH 13. In 953, the Sultan of Egypt asked for a pen that would not leak all over his clothes and hands. The fountain pen was invented in which the ink would be held in a reservoir and be delivered to the paper (or papyrus) by gravity.

FACT: The fountain pen

MYTH 14. The style of our numerals (in the west) is Arabic and first appeared in print in the work of Muslim mathematicians around 825. From the Muslim world came algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry, the word algebra and some of its principles. Modern cryptology owes its basis and discovery of frequency analysis to Al-Kindi. The achievements of Muslim math scholars were imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci.

FACT: The system of numbering

MYTH 15. The concept of the three-course meal – “soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts” was brought to Cordoba in the 9th century from Iraq, Ali ibn Nafi (also known as Ziryab – Blackbird). He also introduced crystal glasses, invented by a Muslim after experiments with rock crystal.

FACT: Three course meal

MYTH 16. Thanks to the advanced medieval weaving techniques in the Muslim world, new dyes from Islamic chemistry and a developed sense of pattern born of the necessity to design without using images of Mohammad in Islamic art. Europe’s floors were unclean and unadorned until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced.

FACT: Carpets

MYTH 17. The idea for our modern checking accounts came from the Arab world. To avoid having to transport money across dangerous terrain, a written vow was honored to pay for goods upon delivery. “In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a check in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.”

FACT: The modern cheque

MYTH 18. Ahead in Astronomy: 500 years before Galileo, Muslim scholars accepted that the Earth was a sphere. The astronomer Ibn Hazm in the 9th century said “The Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth”, and therein found his proof. He and his colleagues were so accurate in predicting the Earth’s circumference that their calculations turned out to be less than 200km off. Al-Idrisi brought a globe to the court of King Roger of Sicily in 1139 spreading the ideas westward.

FACT: Earth is round

MYTH 19. The Chinese invented gunpowder and fireworks, but Arabs first formulated the chemical process that led to its fitness for military battle. Muslim bombs terrified the Crusaders in the 15th century — both their rockets, and their torpedoes that could blow up ships.

FACT: Gunpowder

MYTH 20. Enjoying gardens: Medieval Europe only had gardens for food and herbs until the the Arabs spread the notion that gardens could be places for “beauty and meditation” — the first influence coming to Muslim Spain in the 11th century. Flowers that originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation and the tulip.

FACT: Gardens


UPDATE on Republican presidential candidates positions on Islam and the Islamic threat to America

Bush_Jeb_PortraitFORMER FLORIDA GOV. JEB BUSH – “Islam has been ‘hijacked’ by people who have an ideology that wants to destroy Western civilization, and they’re barbarians.”

View of Islamism

  • Views the conflict as ideological in nature. Said: “[Islam has] been hijacked by people who have an ideology that wants to destroy Western civilization, and they’re barbarians. And so that part, which is the part that we need to confront head-on, is clearly not a religious of peace.”
  • Believes the strategy towards radical Islam needs to be focused more on security and less on promoting Western values and nation-building. Said: “Am I the same as my brother? Of course not. I’m not. I think, for example, our foreign policy ought to be grounded in not just the export of our own values or nation-building. These are good sentiments, but first and foremost in security and peace.”
  • Thinks it’s a mistake to equate elections with democracy-promotion, pointing to how Hamas and Hezbollah were voted into power.

Domestic Islamists

  • The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of Islamist groups, demand that Bush drop American Center for Law and Justice executive director Jordan Sekulow as a top adviser to his “Right to Rise” PAC. They claim that Sekulow is “anti-Muslim” for publishing a pamphlet titled, “‘Shari’a Law: Radical Islam’s Threat to the U.S. Constitution.” The coalition took particular issue with a sentence that claims “devout Muslims cannot truthfully swear the oath to become citizens of the United States of America.”

Domestic Islamists

  • The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of Islamist groups, demand that Bush drop American Center for Law and Justice executive director Jordan Sekulow as a top adviser to his “Right to Rise” PAC. They claim that Sekulow is “anti-Muslim” for publishing a pamphlet titled, “‘Shari’a Law: Radical Islam’s Threat to the U.S. Constitution.” The coalition took particular issue with a sentence that claims “devout Muslims cannot truthfully swear the oath to become citizens of the United States of America.”


  • Opposes the current nuclear deal with Iran, describing it as “horrific.”
  • Does not know if he’d support regime change in Iran, saying in April , “I’ll have to give that some thought. That’s a good question.”
  • Says the U.S. should strongly align itself with Iranians opposing the regime: “I think we need to be much more aggressive in supporting civil opposition to the regime in Iran. I was saddened to see how the Obama administration handled the post-election revolution on the streets, that was not necessarily related to the election, but it was related to this desire for freedom. It seemed like we were very tepid, at a time when we should forcefully support freedom. It’s part of who we are as a people, it’s part of who we are as a nation, and I don’t think we should be ashamed of it, I think we should embrace this noble notion: If not for the United States, who? Who will be there to help?”
  • U.S. government needs to address the “scary” nuclear Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat.  “We have to fortify the grid. It has to be a priority.”

Iraq, Syria & ISIS

  • Displayed a poor knowledge of the Islamic State (ISIS) in a foreign policy speech in February: He said that the U.S. government estimates that ISIS has 200,000 fighters when the estimate was about 20,000 to 30,000, Mispronounced the name of Boko Haram even though the group dominated headlines by kidnapping girls (the group is now the ISIS branch in Nigeria); referred to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “the guy that’s the supreme leader or whatever his new title is—head of the caliphate.”
  • Would not have invaded Iraq in hindsight. Says the U.S. made a mistake after the fall of Saddam Hussein because “the Iraqis, in this incredibly insecure environment, turned on the United States military because there was no security for themselves and their families.”

Carson_Ben_PortraitDR. BEN CARSON – Carson sees the war with Islamic extremism as ideological in nature. He opposes the nuclear framework with Iran.

View of Islamism

  • Sees the war with Islamic extremism as ideological in nature.
  • Sunni and Shiite Islamists believe “that we are evil and they want us destroyed.”


  • Opposes the nuclear framework with Iran, specifically pointing out that the Fordow nuclear site will remain in operation and expressing concern about the various expiration dates on different parts of the agreement.
  • U.S. policy should threaten nuclear destruction of Iran if the regime uses nuclear weapons.
    • ​”We should make it very clear that if any nuclear weapons are launched from Iran, Iran will be nonexistent.”

Iraq, Syria and ISIS

  • Opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq but would have used covert action to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
  • U.S.  should not ally with Iran and its Shiite militias in Iraq against ISIS.
    • ​”Right now, they’re fighting each other in Iraq, admittedly. But in the long run, I think they would gladly unite against us in their attempt to destroy the United States, our way of life, and Israel.”


  • Opposed U.S. invasion of Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks because tribal divisions and the country’s history make peace unlikely.
  • He says he wrote a letter to President George W. Bush recommending a strategy for petroleum independence within 10 years instead of invasion.

Hamas and Palestinian Terrorism

  • Suggested that a Palestinian state should be created out of Egyptian territory instead of requiring Israel to hand over more land.

Christie_Chris_PortraitNEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE – As governor of New Jersey, Christie has had warm relationships with known Islamists, including an imam with ties to Hamas.

Domestic Islamists

  • Prosecuted Islamist radicals as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, including six suspected terrorists who sought to attack Fort Dix and Mazen Mokhtar, a founder and board member of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of Islamist groups with links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    • Mokhtar is also the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors said in 2008 was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
    • Mokhtar was under investigation for suspected ties to terrorism since at least 2004 and was arrested in 2007 for alleged tax fraud.
    • Christie dismissed the indictment in 2008 because “further prosecution is not in the interests of the United States at this time.” No further information is available.
  • In July 2006, the Department of Homeland Security began deportation proceedings against Imam Mohammad Qatanani for lying on his green card about being convicted by Israel as a member of the Hamas terrorist group.
    • A 2008 DHS court filing states, ““It is certainly suspicious when a person who has been convicted of being a member of, and providing services, to Hamas, who has personal ties to a Hamas militant leader, and a Hamas fundraiser also sends undisclosed cash to the West Bank.”
    • Despite the trial, Christie praised him in September 2008 as Christie prepared to run for governor as a “man of great goodwill.”
    • Christie’s Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna was also a character witness for Qatanani during the trial. Christie later appointed McKenna as the director of the N.J. Office of Homeland Security.
    • The immigration judge granted Qatanani permanent residency, but the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned the ruling. The trial remains in limbo.
    • In 2011, Christie appointed Sohail Mohammed, Qatanani’s attorney, to the N.J. Superior Court of Passaic County. Mohammed had a history of defending Islamist terror suspects like Sami Al-Arian and the Holy Land Foundation and also was the general counsel of the American Muslim Union, a group with very close ties to Qatanani and his Hamas-linked mosque.
    • Christie responded to criticism of the appointment with, “This Sharia Law business is crap. It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies. I mean, you know, it’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of thigns just because of his religious background.”
    • On July 24, 2012, Qatanani attended an Iftar dinner at the Governor’s Mansion. Video footage showed that Christie pointed out Qatanani in the audience, saying “I’m glad to have you here.” He called him a “friend” that “has attempted to be a force for good in his community.”
  • Christie said his relationship with his state’s Muslim community is being criticized because of a “gaze of intolerance that’s going around our country that is disturbing.”
    • ​”These are the kind of red herrings that people put up who are bigots, who want to judge people based upon their religious beliefs, want to judge people with a broad brush,” he said.
  • In July 2014, Christie said he stands by his words of praise of Qatanani “as they apply to the immediate aftermath of 9/11,” saying that the Hamas-tied imam was helpful in reaching out to the Muslim community.
  • In 2012, the Clarion Project broke the story that four known Islamists were on Christie’s Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa’s Muslim Outreach Committee, including Qatanani. Christie appointed Chiesa as interim Senator before Senator Booker was elected.
    • ​In September 2013, the Clarion Project discovered that the four Islamists included an additional fifth problematic figure who remained on the Muslim Outreach Committee approximately one year after the initial expose of their troubling backgrounds.
    • Documents from the Attorney General’s office showed that the Muslim Outreach Committee were briefed by top law enforcement officials on “Homeland Security Grants for Non-Profit Organizations” and State Police outreach training.
  • In September 2013, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity linked to Hamas and a designated terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, honored Christie for his “outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends.”


  • Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran but won’t pledge to scrap it if he becomes President. He said he would need to consider the situation and the positions of international partners at that time.
    • ​”I’m not one of those guys who’s going to say to you, ‘on Day One I will abrogate the agreement…On Day One, I will look into it and try to decide, depending upon where we are at that moment.”
    • “If I’m saddled with the deal as president, then on the first day I’ll be saying to my national security advisor, to my Secretary of State and to my head of national intelligence: give me all the information I need to let me know all the options I have to try to put this genie back in the bottle, and then we’ll make a decision.”
  • Says a nuclear-armed Iran would be “an existential threat to Israel, to America and to world civilization itself.”

Islamic State, Iraq and Syria

  • U.S. should openly consider sending combat troops to fight the Islamic State.
  • U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a mistake in hindsight.

Cruz_Ted_PortraitTEXAS SEN. TED CRUZ – “A nuclear-armed Iran is the single greatest National security threat today.”

Record on Islamic Extremism

 Sharia Law is an “enormous problem” in the U.S.


 A nuclear-armed Iran is the single greatest national security threat today.

 Current nuclear talks with Iran are the “worst negotiation in the history of mankind.”

 The U.S. should have “vigorously” supported the Green Revolution in 2009.

 The U.S. should not partner with Iran or its proxies in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS).

 Sanctions on Iran and North Korea will “ideally overthrow their current regimes.”

Iraq and ISIS

-The U.S. invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a mistake. Cruz says he does not know if he would have voted for it in 2002 because he was not a Senator and therefore did not have access to the intelligence.

 The U.S. should not deploy ground troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State if they must rely on the Iraqi government or Iran-linked militias for security.

 The U.S. should first increase support for the Kurdish Peshmerga troops instead of sending additional ground troops to Iraq.

 The citizenships of Americans that have joined terrorist groups like the Islamic State overseas should be revoked so they cannot reenter the country or receive constitutional protections.

Muslim Brotherhood & Egypt

 The U.S. should have successfully pressured Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to oversee a democratic transition but should not have supported his removal because he was an ally.

 Criticism of Mubarak’s human rights abuses was acceptable but “[President Obama] went further than that to topple him and replace him with the Muslim Brotherhood, whose interest and animus was rabidly anti-American.”

 The U.S. should have demanded concessions from the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of Egypt in return for pledges of additional foreign aid.

 The U.S. “failed to support those calling for more inclusive and tolerant leadership” during the reign of the elected Muslim Brotherhood government. He said, “One of the saddest things to see was posters among the people that said: ‘Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood,’ ‘America supports terrorists.’”

 He said the U.S. should have severed aid to Egypt once the protests against the Muslim Brotherhood began. The lack of support for the opposition made the U.S.  —“in both perception and reality — entrenched as the partner of a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition,” he wrote.

 The Egyptian military’s popularly supported overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood is a “coup” and all U.S. aid to Egypt should have been suspended. Sen. Cruz’s position was even more hostile to the new Egyptian military’s overthrow of the Brotherhood than that of the Obama Administration.

 The Egyptian military’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for provoking the Islamist group into violence and attacking Coptic Christians.

 The U.S. should only provide aid to Egypt if it advances the creation of a secular and inclusive government that honors the peace treaty with Israel.

 He praised Egyptian President El-Sisi for calling on the Muslim world to stand against terrorists who act in the name of Islam.


 The U.S. should have swiftly called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011 “when there was a unified, peaceful and secular opposition to him.” However, on March 24, 2015, Cruz appeared to disavow a policy supporting Assad’s removal by saying he’s a “monster” but does not “pose a clear and present danger to America.”

 The U.S. must not arm Syrian rebels because of the inability to determine which rebels are a threat to the West and the likelihood that U.S. supplies will fall into the hands of terrorists.

 The U.S. must take the lead in developing a plan to “go in” and eliminate Syrian stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists. This was stated in June 2013.

 In September 2013, he opposed the Obama Administration’s proposal for airstrikes on Syrian WMD capabilities and other regime targets after it ignored U.S. warnings against using chemical weapons in the civil war.

Fiona_Carly_PortraitCARLY FIORINA – Says that Islamic terrorists are “fanatics who have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.” In a speech right after 9/11, Fiorina said “the Islamic Ottoman civilization was the greatest in the world”.

View of Islamism

  • Supports calls for a reformation in Islam but seems to believe that Islamist terrorists are manipulatively using Islam, rather than acting in accordance with certain Islamic interpretations.
  • “…these fanatics who have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”

Egypt & Muslim Brotherhood

  • Praised Egyptian El-Sisi’s speech about the need for Islamic scholars to confront interpretations that promote extremism and terrorism.
    • ​”The President of Egypt, El-Sisi, gave a very interesting and courageous speech today in which he spoke with scholars of his religion, and said that we need a reformation.”

Iraq, Syria and ISIS

Criticized the Obama Administration for not providing enough support to Arab and Kurdish allies fighting ISIS. She said that the U.S. denied requests for arms by Jordan and the Kurds and refused to share intelligence with Egypt.


  • A subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard in the Netherlands used a distributor in Dubai named Redington Gulf to sell “hundreds of millions of dollars worth of printers and other products” to Iran while she was CEO of the company. The distributor did business with Iran from 1997, including $120 million in 2008.
  • ​In 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquired about HP’s business in Iran, Syria and Sudan, four years after she left as CEO.
  • ​HP said the sales did not violate the U.S. embargo because the business was done independently and not as part of HP operations. The company ended its relationship with Redington Gulf after the U.S. government’s letter was received.
  • However, in 1999, HP’s Middle East director told a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates that Iran was “a big market for Hewlett-Packard printers” and that business had grown there by 50%.
  •  Also in 1999, Redington Gulf boasted it sold over $100 million in HP products to Iran. It said, “The seeds of the Redington-Hewlett-Packard relationship were sowed six years ago for one market — Iran.
  • Fiorina says she did not know about the subsidiary’s business with Iran and that HP did not violate the law under her leadership.

Gilamore_Jim_PortraitFORMER VIRGINIA GOV. JIM GILMORE-Gilmore endorsed an award given to Jamal Barzinji, an Islamist radical investigated for links to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

View of Islamism

  • “These radical Islamic groups seek to assert their medieval world view upon helpless people under their control …When America, as the hope of the civilization, intervenes, ISIS and others condemn the U.S. as conducting a new ‘Crusade’ against Islam, to win over those of the Muslim faith who do not subscribe to this cult of brutality,” he said in February.
  • “[T]his is a guerilla war to try to defeat us by a thousand cuts, that they’re going to undermine us piece by piece, little by little, until finally we can’t do anything anymore,” he said.

Domestic Islamists

  • ​IIIT said Gilmore spoke at the dinner and endorsed the award for Barzinji. The Muslim Link reported that he spoke for 5 minutes and congratulated Barzinji. A 1988 FBI file documenting intelligence provided by an informant inside the Muslim Brotherhood network notes Barzinji’s role in the Brotherhood’s American network and says he is “characterized as” a secret leader of the organization.

Graham_Lindsey_PortraitSOUTH CAROLINA SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM-Graham said U.S. must stand against the Egyptian military’s popularly supported overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime.

View of Islamism

  • Views the conflict as based in ideology. “You’ll never have peace with radical Islam. They will never accommodate our way of life because me and you have one thing in common they hate: We reject their way of worshipping God…They want a master religion for the world like the Nazis wanted a master race.”
  • Disagrees with supporting secular dictators as an alternative to Islamist rule. He said the “Saddam Hussein model” is “unsustainable” and “on the wrong side of history.”

Domestic Islamists

  • Defended Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, when five members of Congress questioned her security clearance due to her family’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist groups. Graham did not comment on the congressperson’s overall concerns about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton since 1996 and Deputy Chief of Staff when she was Secretary of State, was assistant-editor of an Islamist journal from 1996 to 2008 and three of her immediate family members are closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Her husband’s mayoral campaign also received donations from a lobbyist for Al-Jazeera.

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

  • Opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood became more positive after meeting its leaders once it came to power in Egypt.
  • “I was very apprehensive when I heard the [Egyptian] election results. But after visiting and talking with the Muslim Brotherhood, I am hopeful that…we can have a relationship with Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is a strong political voice.”
  • Opposed cutting aid to Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood was voted into power.
  • U.S. must stand against the Egyptian military’s popularly-supported overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime, even though the Brotherhood “corrupted their mandate.”
  • Demanded that the Egyptian government release imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members and have dialogue with the Islamist extremist group. Graham said that the Brotherhood should renounce violence.
  •  The Egyptian government condemned Senator Graham’s statement as “unacceptable interference in internal politics.” Secular-democratic Egyptians were likewise outraged.
  • Pressured Egypt to lift the ban on the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group and to allow them to participate in new elections, predicting that the Brotherhood would lose. He said that the crackdown on the Brotherhood was “making these people martyrs.”
  • Advocated for suspending State Department assistance to Egypt in response to the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood and to pressure Egypt into allowing it into the political process. Graham said that “limited” military assistance through the Defense Department could continue.
  • Graham said that U.S. aid to Egypt should be directed towards civil society, democracy promotion and non-governmental organizations.


  • U.S. policy towards Iran should be to support internal regime change.
  • In 2013, Graham returned donations from supporters of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group formerly designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. government. The group says it seeks a secular-democratic republic in Iran and opposes Sharia governance. Critics claim it is a cult with little support inside Iran and some argue that it should remain banned as a terrorist group.
  • U.S. should use military force to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons if necessary. Graham said military action should go beyond targeting nuclear sites and “have in mind the goal of changing the regime. Not by invading, but by launching a military strike by air and sea.”

Iraq, Syria & the Islamic State

  • U.S. should increase troop levels in Iraq from 3,000 to 10,000 to fight the Islamic State by advising Iraqi forces. Graham hopes that the U.S. forces would supplement a regional force.
  • U.S. should arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and the Assad regime. He suggested using the Arab League as a conduit for arming the rebels.
  • U.S. should seek the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his replacement with forces “who are not radical Islamists and that’s most Syrians.”
  • Supports the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria to stop the Assad regime’s air force.
  • Supported potential U.S. airstrikes on the Syrian regime in September 2013 in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons in spite of America’s declared “red line.”


  • Supported U.S. military intervention in Libya to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi and criticized the Obama Administration for not targeting the leadership quickly enough.


  • U.S. should “coordinate” with Turkey to get Iraqi Sunnis involved in fighting ISIS.
  • Defended the Islamist government of Turkey when it was criticized for not intervening against the Islamic State during the battle in Kobani, Syria. The statement said Graham “disagreed with some of Turkey’s policies and actions” and believe it needs to take a “greater role” against the Islamic State, but that the criticism did not “reflect the reality on the ground.”
  • In 2011, Graham praised Turkey as a “great democracy” under elected Islamist rule. He said his meeting with then-Prime Minister Erdogan was “the best meeting I had with a head of state” and praised his leadership in the region.
  • In 2012, Graham criticized Erdogan for calling Israel a “terrorist state” and said it would embolden Hamas’ terrorism.

Huckabee_Mike_PortraitFORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE – “The Bush administration has never adequately explained the theology and ideology behind Islamic terrorism or convinced us of its ruthless fanaticism. The first rule of war is ‘know your enemy,’ and most Americans do not know theirs.”

Views of Islamism

·         Views the conflict as ideological. He defines the enemy as “Islamofascism” that has “sworn to annihilate each of us who believe in a free society, all in the name of a perversion of religion and an impersonal god.”

·         Faults President Bush for not identifying and explaining the ideological threat.

·         Believes that poverty, lack of education, unemployment, poor healthcare and lack of freedom are “underlying conditions” that cause terrorism.

·         The greatest difficulty in fighting Islamist terrorism is the “lack of a viable moderate alternative to radicalism.

·          U.S. should have a strategy between ensuring the status quo and promoting democracy. The strategy must assistmoderate forces in the Muslim world that may not be democratic but offer a third way between dictatorship and Islamist theocracy. He said these alternatives may include a “benevolent oligarchy” or tribes like those in Iraq that helped the U.S. fight Al-Qaeda.

Domestic Islamists

·         In 2008, Huckabee was accused of promoting Islamophobia by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and designated terrorist entity by the United Arab Emirates. CAIR was upset that he called for defeating “Islamofascism,” which CAIR said was “falsely linking Islam to the odious philosophy of fascism.”

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

·         The Islamic interpretations of the Muslim Brotherhood and prominent Brotherhood preacher Sayyid Qutb are the theological foundation for Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists.

·         The Muslim Brotherhood is the “original tumor” that metastasized into ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.

·          U.S. should have publicly supported Egyptian President Mubarak when protests demanded his resignation.

o   “This would not have required us to approve everything he did, or deny the rights of the people of Egypt to demand a change of government, But I think it would have been an important symbol to send to the rest of the world, that we don’t just walk away from long-standing allies.”

·         Endorsed the popularly-supported overthrow of Egyptian President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood regime. He cited a report by Cairo University about 51 fatwas released by the Brotherhood when Morsi was in power that included sexism and hatred of Jews and Christians. Several recommended using women as human shields.


·         Supported the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Iranian regime in order to possibly improve the relationship and to get a better understanding of the country.

·         Would use military force to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon if necessary.

·         Blamed President Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech for undermining cooperation with the Iranian regime on Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan.

·          Sees the Iranian regime as more rational and containable than Al-Qaeda.

o    “Whereas there can be no rational dealings with al Qaeda, Iran is a nation-state seeking regional clout and playing the game of power politics we understand and can skillfully pursue. We cannot live with al Qaeda, but we might be able to live with a contained Iran.”

·         U.S. should have given the Iranian Green Revolution more public support.

Iraq, Syria & ISIS

·         Supports the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple the Saddam Hussein dictatorship, but is highly critical of how the war was conducted.

o   U.S. erred in planning on having a “light footprint” militarily in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s overthrow. He criticized the Bush Administration for disregarding the advice of former Army chief of staff General Eric Shinseki that hundreds of thousands of troops would be necessary.

·         Western democracy shouldn’t be the objective in Iraq.

Afghanistan & Pakistan

·         The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan was right but not enough troops were sent.

·         Criticized the U.S. for being too soft on Pakistani President Musharraf and not attacking Al-Qaeda targets in order to keep his rule stable. He wrote that the U.S. should pressure him into fully cooperating on terrorism and to end his suppression of “moderate secular” political forces.

·         U.S. should invest in humanitarian aid and schools in Pakistan to reduce demand for the religious schools that promote Islamic extremism.


·         Supported the war in Libya to remove the Muammar Gaddafi dictatorship because of his human rights abuses and past involvement in anti-American terrorist attacks.


·         Provide the Islamist government of Turkey with intelligence to help it fight the Kurdish PKK terrorist group, but pressure the Turkish government to improve the treatment of its Kurdish minority.

Hamas & Palestinian Terrorism

·         More handovers of territory by Israel would only lead to more terrorism and threaten Israel’s security.

·          Peace is impossible “as long as textbooks of the children of Palestinians celebrate the death of Jews.”

·         Foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority should cease as long as it is unified with Hamas.

·         Accuses the Palestinian Authority of contributing to terrorism and war through incitement. He pointed out that it condemned Hamas’ kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers but its website had a cartoon of “three Israeli rats being caught, and made fun of it, celebrated it.”

Jindal_Bobby_PortraitLOUISIANA GOV. BOBBY JINDAL – Views the conflict as ideological and defines the enemy as “all forms of radical Islam and sharia law.”

View of Islamism

  • Views the conflict as ideological and defines the enemy as “all forms of radical Islam” and sharia law.
  • The West must promote assimilation and stop non-violent Islamists who use democratic freedoms to advance radical Islam and the implementation of sharia law.
  • “In the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provide them a new home. It is startling to think that any country will allow, even unofficially, for a so-called ‘no-go zone.'”
  • Sharia law is not just a cultural difference, it is oppression and it is wrong. It subjugates women, treats them as property and is antithetical to value all human life equally. It is the very definition of oppression.”
  • U.S. should ban the immigration of Islamist radicals like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS). “So in other words we shouldn’t tolerate those who want to come and try to impose some variant of, some version of sharia law.”
  • “We’ve said you can’t come here in years past if you were here to promote communism. If you’re coming here to undermine America’s foreign policy; if you’re supporting a group that’s an enemy of the United States.”
  • Jindal clarified he would ban leaders of the Brotherhood but not necessarily members of Brotherhood affiliates.

Domestic Islamists

  • The  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and designated terrorist entity by the United Arab Emirates, condemned Jindal’s January 2015 speech about the dangers of sharia law and non-violent Islamists in the West.
  • CAIR said, “Governor Jindal’s anti-Muslim diatribes are a desperate attempt to pander to society’s margins as he hopes to regain the GOP spotlight and crawl away from being nearly dead last in the U.S. presidential polls.”
  • CAIR spokesman Corey Saylor said the U.S. government should only look at “criminal activity, not thought,” and that Jindal was “pick[ing] on minorities.”


  • Opposes the nuclear deal and would not honor it as President.

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

  • U.S. should ban the immigration of Islamist radicals like members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS). Jindal clarified he would ban leaders of the Brotherhood but not necessarily members of Brotherhood affiliates.

ISIS, Iraq and Syria

  • U.S. should have supported moderate elements of the Syrian rebels and helped them fight terrorists and overthrow the Bashar Assad dictatorship.
  • Supported the bill to arm and train vetted Syrian rebels.
  • U.S. should work with Turkey to establish a buffer zone in Syria.
  • Our long-term strategy should include removing Assad from power.
  • Won’t say whether the U.S. invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a mistake in hindsight.

Kasich_John_PortraitOHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH – Says U.S. should send ground forces to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group with an international coalition.


  • Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran.

Iraq, Syria & ISIS

  • U.S. should send ground forces to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group with an international coalition.
  • Moderate Syrian rebels should have been armed to overthrow the Syrian dictatorship.
  • U.S. invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship was a mistake in hindsight.
    • Disbanding the Iraqi army after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a major error and the war in Iraq was “bungled from the beginning.”

Pataki_George_PortraitFORMER NEW YORK GOV. GEORGE PATAKI – Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran, saying the regime is “as trustworthy as a snake in a basket.”

View of Islamism

  • Sees the threat as ideologically-based, George Patakirather than based on political or policy grievances against the west.

Domestic Islamists

  • The U.S. government should prosecute those who promote or recruit for terrorist groups or incites violence against Americans and strip the tax-exempt status of any organization or house of worship involved in such extremism.

Told the Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and designated terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, is  “just one of the organizations” whose tax-exempt statuses he’d revoke.

  • Banned Islamist prison chaplain Warith Deen Umar from the New York state prison system but did not cleanse it of other Islamist clerics and material.

Muslim Brotherhood & Egypt

  • Praises the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and criticizes the Obama Administration for being favorable to the group.
  • U.S. should stand with Egyptian President El-Sisi.


ISIS, Iraq & Syria

  • Supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq to overthrow the Saddam Hussein dictatorship but now feels it was a mistake.
  • Opposed the U.S. withdrawal of forces from Iraq in 2011.


  • U.S. caused a “catastrophe” in Libya by allowing it to become a haven for Islamist terrorism after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was removed.

Paul_Rand_PortraitKENTUCKY GOV. RAND PAUL – “We must understand that a hatred of our values exists, and acknowledge that interventions in foreign countries may well exacerbate this hatred.”

Paul believes that Islamic extremism is a product of both anger over U.S. foreign policy and radical ideology.

Record on Islamic Extremism

 There is a worldwide war on Christianity by a “fanatical element of Islam.”

 “Radical Islam will only end when Islam begins to police Islamand an Islamic enlightenment happens.

 Islamic extremism is a product of  both anger over U.S. foreign policy and radical ideology.

 “We must understand that a hatred of our values exists,and acknowledge that interventions in foreign countries may well exacerbate this hatred,” he says.

 “Some anger is blowback, but some anger originates in an aberrant and intolerant distortion of religion that wages war against all infidels. We can’t be sentimental about neutralizing that threat, but we also can’t be blind to the fact that drone strikes that inadvertently kill civilians may create more jihadists than we eliminate.”


 Stated in a 2007 interview on the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones Show that, “it’s ridiculous to think they [the Iranian regime] are a threat to our national security” or to Israel’s. He urged activism to stop military action against Iran.

 Blocked bipartisan legislation to sanction Iran in 2012 because he wanted an amendment that spelled out that it shall not be interpreted as authority for using military force. He later voted for sanctions on Iran.

 Voted against a Senate resolution ruling out a policy of containment towards a nuclear-armed Iran. However, he said the U.S. should have a plan to contain a nuclear Iran, but it should remain private:

“I think it’s not a good idea to announce that in advance. Should I announce to Iran, well, we don’t want you to, but we’ll live with it? No that’s a dumb idea to say that you’re going to live with it. However, the opposite’s a dumb idea, too.”

He later clarified that he opposes a containment policy, but that the option should not be ruled out.

 Opposes implementing new sanctions on Iran during nuclear negotiations. He said he’d support new sanctions if a deal is not reached.

 It is imperative” that the U.S. and Iran engage diplomatically to reach a deal for “limiting” its uranium enrichment.

 Favors cultural engagement with Iran as an alternative to military action.

Iraq and ISIS

 Opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which he blames for the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS).

 In 2008, accused the U.S. government of dishonestly invading Iraq in order to enrich the multinational corporation Halliburton. He said that “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” The depiction of the U.S. government as waging war for money is a common Islamist theme.

 Supports U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He supports a limited role for U.S. ground troops in Iraq for securing diplomatic facilities, advising, intelligence-gathering and operations against high-value targets. However, says direct combat with the Islamic State should be done by Arabs and not American soldiers.

 U.S. should involve Turkey and the Syrian and Iranian regimes in fighting the Islamic State.

 U.S. should create an independent Kurdistan to encourage them to “fight like hell” against the Islamic State. Paul explicitly said, “I would go one step further: I would draw new lines for Kurdistan [in Iraq], and I would promise them a country.”

Muslim Brotherhood & Egypt

 Opposed U.S. military aid to the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt and tried to stop the sale of F-16s.

 Advocated the complete severing of U.S. aid to Egypt in response to the popularly-supported overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood. He criticized the Obama Administration for not calling it a “coup,” which would require the stopping of aid. Paul described the new Egyptian government as a “military junta.”


 In a 2011 op-ed, he criticized President Obama for not withdrawing from Afghanistan quickly enough. He said that combat troops should be removed by 2013, not 2014.


 Opposed U.S. support for Syrian rebels and favors neutrality in the Syrian civil war because “there is no clear U.S. national interest in Syria.”

 U.S. policy should be to pursue a negotiated settlement that involves the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad but retaining parts of the regime so Islamist rebels cannot threaten the Christian minority.

 Opposed potential U.S. airstrikes on the Syrian regime in retaliation for using chemical weapons.


 Opposed the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya that led to the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, saying that it created a safe haven for Islamist terrorists.

Perry_Rick_PortraitFORMER TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY – Perry defines the enemy as radical Islam and views it as an ideological conflict, describing the Islamic State (ISIS) as a “religious movement.”

During his time as Texas Governor, Perry did a lot of pandering to Islam and Muslims, including forcing public schools to include a curriculum about Islam.

View of Islamism

  • Defines the enemy as radical Islam and views it as an ideological conflict, describing the Islamic State (ISIS) as a “religious movement.”
  • Warns of Islamist infiltration in the West, specifically those in the United Kingdom who are promoting anti-Semitism and want “the ways of the sharia code to replace British law and British liberty.”
  • Said, “But to every extremist, it has to be made clear: we will not allow you to exploit our tolerance, so that you can import your intolerance. We will not let you destroy our peace with your violent ideas. If you expect to live among us, and yet plan against us, to receive the protections and comforts of a free society, while showing none of its virtues or graces, then you can have our answer now: No, not on our watch!”

Domestic Islamists

  • Upset the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, by embracing the Ismaili Muslim community and not CAIR. CAIR-Texas official Mustafa Carroll criticized Perry and said, “I think he hasn’t branched out because it’s seen as a risk for some politicians to align with the majority of Muslims, they may feel safer with minority groups with less connectivity.”


  • Opposes the nuclear deal and would scrap it.
  • Supports a policy of regime change in Iran that would use “diplomatic, and economic, and overt, covert, or even civic opportunities.”
  • Advocates a modern Monroe Doctrine to prevent Iranian influence in Latin America.

Islamic State, Iraq and Syria

  • U.S. funding of moderate Syrian rebels during the beginning of the civil war would have helped stop ISIS and topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • U.S. military should establish a no-fly zone in Syria to undermine the Assad dictatorship and Iran.
  • Opposed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 and advocated sending them back in 2012.
  • Would not invade Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein in hindsight.


  • Opposes a timeline for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
  • Would sever all financial aid to Pakistan until it stops supporting terrorism and contributing to the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


  • Described the Islamist government of Turkey as “terrorists” in a debate during the 2012 Republican presidential nomination campaign. He said that the U.S. should reconsider Turkey’s membership in NATO and eliminating foreign aid.
  • Perry later described Turkey as an “ally” that the U.S. can work with to fight the Islamic State and “this radical Islam movement that is tearing apart the entirety of the Middle East.”

Rubio_Marco_PortraitFLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO – “There is no greater risk to this country than the risk posed by radical Islamic terrorists … We need to make it unmistakably clear that we will take whatever it takes for however long it takes to defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”

View of Islamism

  • Sees the conflict as ideological in nature and not a response to aggressive U.S. policy.
    • ​”There is no greater risk to this country than the risk posed by radical Islamic terrorists. These terrorists aren’t trying to kill us because we offended them. They attacked us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can and America is standing in their way. We need to make it unmistakably clear that we will take whatever it takes for however long it takes to defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”
    • “For radical Islam, our entire culture is offensive. They’re not just offended about a YouTube video. They’re offended that women serve in the U.S. Senate. They’re offended that women drive. They’re offended that little girls get to go to school. In some of these countries, converting to Christianity is punishable by death. Our whole culture is offensive to them, not just a YouTube video.”
  • ​The “spread and success of political and economic freedom in the Middle East is in our vital interest.”
  • “Absolutely” supports a permanent presence of U.S. troops in the Middle East.

Domestic Islamists

  • In 2011, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, appeared to take credit by praising Rubio for declining an invitation to speak at a Tea Party event that included controversial anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and Dr. Bill Warner, who CAIR branded as “Islamophobes.”
    • ​”We thank Senator Rubio and Governor Scott for avoiding the false perception that they would in any way legitimize anti-Muslim hatred by appearing at an event featuring hard-core Islamophobes,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Hassan Shibly.
    • Shibly has a history of Islamist extremism.
  • Criticized the five members of Congress who wrote letters to U.S. government agencies asking for inquiries into their involvement with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates and possible Islamist sympathizers.
    • ​Rubio said he “[does not] share the feelings that are in that letter,” but he may only have been referring to the concern voiced about Huma Abedin, Secretary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff and close friend.

Egypt & Muslim Brotherhood

  • Supported the U.S. call for Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to resign.Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is part of the problem of radical Islam and is inciting anti-Americanism.
    • ​”We should expect for them to say the same things in Arabic as they are saying in English. Don’t express condolences and outrage in English on the attack against America, but in Arabic completely ignore it and only talk about the YouTube video. We should expect more from them.”
      • ​Did not support calls for severing aid to Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood took over, but did want aid to be conditional, based on the Brotherhood’s commitment to human rights and democracy.
      • Opposed cutting off foreign aid after the Egyptian military’s popularly-supported overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood. He instead proposed the aid be conditioned on the new Egyptian government’s commitment to human rights and democracy, including a transition to a civilian government.


  • Shiite Islamists including the Iranian regime seek an “apocalyptic showdown” to trigger the appearance of the Hidden Imam, or the “Mahdi.”
  • Would scrap the current nuclear deal with Iran and implement tougher sanctions.
  • U.S. “should be open to negotiations with Iran, but always remember that they should not be deemed a success when they only lead to further negotiations.”
  • A potential deal must require Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
  • U.S. should have openly and forcefully supported the Green Revolution in 2009.

Iraq, Syria & ISIS

  • He originally implied support for the invasion of Iraq by saying that the toppling of the Saddam Hussein dictatorship made the world a better place but was unclear about whether the decision was correct in hindsight.
    • Rubio said  “it’s very difficult to predict” whether the situation would be worse today if Saddam was in power.
    • In May 2015, he directly stated that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.
  • ​Supported arming moderate rebels in Syria to fight the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda and remove dictator Bashar Assad from power.
    • ​​”The best-organized, the best-armed and the best-equipped elements in Syria are the most radical ones, the most anti-democratic ones, the most anti-American ones,” he explained.
  • U.S. should have a policy of working with Islamist-led Turkey and the Arab League to topple Assad and “replace him with a stable secular government.”
  • Opposed the Obama Administration’s plan for airstrikes on the Syrian dictatorship after it repeatedly used chemical weapons. He said U.S. military force should not be used in the conflict at all.
  • In September 2013, Rubio said he does not support U.S. military action in the Syrian civil war.
  • In December 2014, he wrote that the U.S. must enforce a No-Fly Zone in parts of Syria, which would require military enforcement. He argued that the it was necessary in order to assist Syrian rebels who can fight the Islamic State.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Endorsed Israeli military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


  • Opposes timeline for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.


  • Supported military intervention to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
  • Says U.S. did not provide enough support to the Libyan government after Gaddafi’s fall, permitting Islamist extremists to flourish.
  • Says U.S. should continue foreign aid to Libya’s government because it is working with us. This was in response to Senator Rand Paul, another GOP candidate, who argued that aid should be cut off to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan.


  • U.S. should work with the Islamist government of Turkey to help Syrian rebels remove Bashar Assad from power.
  • In 2014, wrote a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan (the current President) confronting his government’s anti-Israel incitement and reports that groups in Turkey were organizing to violate the blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Sentorum_Rick_PortraitFORMER PENNSYLVANIA SEN. RICK SANTORUM  – “Terrorism is a tactic that is not an ideology. [You have to] identify the ideology … and realize that’s their motivation.”

View of Islamism

  • Sees the threat as ideological in nature and not a response to political grievances against the West.
  • Faults President Bush for not identifying theRick Santorum enemy as Islamist after the 9/11 attacks and instead describing the conflict as a “War on Terror.”
  • “[C]alling these people, Al Qaeda, terrorists, is like giving a speech calling the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s ‘Blitzkriegers.’ Terrorism is a tactic that is not an ideology. When you identify the ideology, and until you recognize the ideology, and realize that’s their motivation.”
  • “The enemy is a retrograde version of Islam that “wants to bring back a version of Islam that was popular in the 7thcentury.”
  • Islamism must be properly defined in order to compel the Muslim world to address it.
  • “By not correctly identifying these Islamists for who they are, they’ve given all Muslims a pass for identifying a cancer within their own body.  We don’t help them treat that illness when we refuse to identify that their body is sick.
  • Sharia Law and the doctrine of jihad are the fundamental problems.   “Jihadism is evil and we need to say what it is…. Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature and origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States.”
  • U.S. must ally with Muslims who oppose Islamic fascism, specifically praising those who provide intelligence to thwart terrorist attacks, Iranian democratic activist Akbar Ganji and Iraqi politician Muthal Al-Alusi.
  • U.S. must support democracy and “modern Islam.”
  •  “I believe this war against Islamic fascism will only be successful with the triumph of modern Islam… One of the ways to do that is to create a foundation for modern Islam to flourish. I believe democracy is one such place to allow that to occur. There are others; I mean, certainly you have a situation in Morocco where they have a king who allows modern Islam.”

Domestic Islamists

Muslim Brotherhood & Egypt

  • Describes the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its founder Hassan al-Banna and prominent preacher Sayyid Qutb, as the “ideological forefathers” of Al-Qaeda. Santorum says the Brotherhood deceptively uses a “cloak of non-violence” and is a threat to the U.S.
  • Criticized President Obama for expressing support of the Egyptians protesting the regime of President Mubarak; accuses Obama of “throwing Mubarak under the bus.”-
  •  U.S. erred in pushing for elections after Mubarak’s overthrow instead of “laying the foundation for democracy,” turning Egypt into a “center of leadership for Islamists.”


  • Does not believe that “Mutually Assured Destruction” will work with the Iranian regime and views its ideology as messianic in nature. He views the regime as the Shiite equivalent of Al-Qaeda and accuses it of committing “acts of war” against the U.S.
  • Regime change in Iran is the most important objective in fighting Islamist fascism.
  • “The largest piece of this mosaic, the keystone of the Islamic fascist structure, is Iran.”
  • Supporting the democratic opposition in Iran to achieve regime change increase American diplomatic leverage in negotiations.
  • Favors funding the democratic opposition and bringing international attention to the regime’s human rights abuses and suppression of minority religious groups.
  • Authored the Iran Freedom and Support Act in 2004 to provide $100 million to democratic forces opposing the Iranian regime.
  • Blames the Bush Administration, specifically Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for undermining his efforts to fund the Iranian democratic opposition. Rice was concerned that it would complicate negotiations with allies.
  • Faults both the Bush and Obama Administrations for the failure of the Green Revolution in 2009.
  • Would tell Iran that “we will close the nuclear facilities for you” with military action if the sites are not shut down.
  • The U.S. should assist Israel in military strikes on Iran’s nuclear program if it decides action is necessary.
  • Increase funding for research into the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) nuclear threat.
  •  Treat any Iranian nuclear scientist as an “enemy combatant” that can be targeted.

ISIS, Iraq & Syria

  • U.S. should send 10,000 troops to Iraq to fight ISIS and increase aid to the Kurds, Jordan and Egypt.
  • Opposes having an ambassador to the Syrian regime.
  • Authored the Syria Accountability Act in 2003 to implement tough sanctions on Syria for its sponsorship of terrorism, WMD programs and alliance with Iran. U.S. should have supported democratic Syrian rebels at the start of the Syrian civil war to help remove the Assad regime and fight Islamist terrorists.
  • Opposed potential U.S. airstrikes on the Syrian regime in 2013 after it used chemical weapons in its civil war.
  • Supported the U.S. invasion to topple Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq. Opposed the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq; would have kept 20-30,000 troops there to assist Iraqi security forces.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

  • Opposes a timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan; would not have U.S. forces leave until the Taliban is “neutered.”
  • In a Republican presidential debate, he criticized Texas Governor Rick Perry for being too confrontational towards Pakistan. He said allies “work through their problems.”


  • Supported U.S. military intervention to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, but says the U.S. should have acted quickly to support moderate rebels and implement a No-Fly Zone.
  •  Accused the Obama Administration’s policies in Libya of assisting the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist radicals.

Palestinian Terrorism

  • Supports Israeli military operations against Hamas.

Saudi Arabia & the Gulf

Trump_Donald_PortraitDONALD TRUMP – “I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth. Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. ”

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

  • Opposed the Obama Administration’s pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to give up power.


  • Opposes the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “terrible,” but “loves the concept of a good deal.
  • Thanked by the wife of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for bringing attention to his captivity.
  • Endorsed airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear program in 2007.

ISIS, Iraq & Syria

  • “I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth. Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil companies go in. Once you take that oil, they have nothing left.”
  • “I would hit [ISIS] so hard. I would find you a proper general, I would find the Patton or MacArthur. I would hit them so hard your head would spin.”
  • U.S. should not get involved in Syria by supporting the rebels or launching airstrikes in retaliation for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
  • Opposed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
  • Opposed the invasion of Iraq and any policy aimed at removing Saddam Hussein from power.
  • U.S. should take Iraq’s oil and reimburse the countries who were involved in the 2003 invasion and give $1 million to the family of every U.S. soldier who died in Iraq.


  • Would only support military action in Libya against the Muammar Gaddafi leadership if the U.S. gets to take the country’s oil.

Gulf States

  • Would force Saudi Arabia and other countries to pay for the U.S. military presence that protects them.

Walker_Scott_PortraitWISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER – “U.S. strategy against Islamism must target the radical Islamic ideology and not just the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups.”

View of Islamism

  • U.S. strategy must target the radical Islamic ideology and not just the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups.
    • ​”When you have, not only with ISIS and al-Qaeda, but you have an Iran, you have other places around the world groups that that want to not only annihilate Israel, but annihilate us in America, it’s like a virus. You’ve got to eradicate it. You can’t take out just part of it or it will come back,” he said.


  • Iran is part of the same radical Islamic virus” as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
  • Will scrap a nuclear deal with Iran.

ISIS, Iraq and Syria

  • Invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a mistake in hindsight


Special thanks to Ryan Mauro of Clarion Project