Inexplicably, Adm. Mike Mullen is actually pointing to poverty as a source for Islamic terrorism, despite poverty having nothing to do with the motives of Osama bin Laden, the Christmas Day bomber, Nidal Malik Hasan, the Times Square bomber and a countless slew of other Islamic terrorists who simply hate infidels and want them dead. Via The Hill:
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that new ways of deterrence that address those factors that make individuals vulnerable to coercion were essential in tackling the threats of the 21st century.The irony is that Mullen's attempt at political correctness may have backfired because those 'uneducated mullahs' don't like being called 'uneducated.'
Adm. Mike Mullen, in a speech at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban and al-Qaida can be deterred by the threat of retaliation, but efforts to attack the basis of extremism were essential through support of education and development.
“Attacking the humiliation, the hopelessness, the illiteracy and abject poverty which lie at the core of the attraction to extremist thought will do more to turn the tide against terrorism than anything else,” the chairman said. “We can continue to hunt and kill their leaders, and we will. But when a person learns to read, he enters a gateway toward independent education and thought. He becomes more capable, more employable, and enjoys a sense of purpose in his life.
“He will understand the Quran for what it is and not merely what his mullah tells him it is, who is equally uneducated,” Mullen continued. “He can raise his children to a higher standard of living than the one he knew, an aspiration shared by parents around the world. And his wife will help him prevent the despair that might lead a child of theirs into the arms of al-Qaida or the Taliban.”
Here is Casey last year:
h/t Weasel Zippers