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July 29, 2010-- In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, where he is a senior fellow, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused the Administration of "willful blindness to the threat of extremist Islam."  Gingrich said America and the West are engaged in a struggle with "may well last longer than the Cold War."  "This is not a war on terrorism," Gingrich, said.  "Terrorism is an activity.  This is a struggle with radical Islamists in both their militant and their stealth form."  In his speech, titled "America at Risk: Camus, National Security, and Afghanistan," Gingrich sharply criticized the Muslim-led proposal to build a "Cordoba House" near the World Trade Center site.  He said that America mut be "relentless and implacable" in Afghanistan, and termed Obama's policy of having a date for withdrawal as a "magic date."  Gingrich said that early on in the Afghanistan conflict America should have sent in engineers and built roads throughout the country to open up isolated.areas.  [AEI page]
Gingrich and wife Callista spoke with attendees after the event.

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