Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich went head to head Wednesday over their vastly different views on fighting Islamist terrorism.
And the liberal Kucinich came out the loser.
The men appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on the heels of the State Department spokeswoman Maria Harf’s suggestion that a good method to defeat radical Islam would be getting the terrorists gainful employment.
Host Sean Hannity listed some of the atrocities committed by the Islamic State and Kucinich responded by essentially blaming the U.S. for the growth of radical Islam.
“You have to remember that both al-Qaida and ISIS have grown as a result of U.S. intervention,” Kucinich said before Hannity interrupted him and listed several terrorist attacks that occurred before America started fighting back.
“What I’m saying is that the United States has to be very careful. We got sucked into Iraq, a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11,” he said. “We destabilized Iraq and gave an opening for al-Qaida and later ISIS.”
Before his segment was over, the former Ohio congressman — a proud member of his party’s liberal wing — offered the most telling insight into the minds of many on the left when it comes to the war on terror.
“They’re not gonna kill us,” Kucinich said. “That is not going to happen again.”
Not surprisingly, Giuliani had a very different opinion.
“I find Dennis to be terribly ignorant about the history of Islamic extremist terrorism,” he said.
“What we did for 30 years is encourage them to come and kill us and we would do nothing about it,” he said, after listing several attacks where the U.S. and European nations did not respond aggressively to Islamic terrorist attacks. “When President Bush struck back, that is the first time we drove them back.”
Giuliani made his final point on the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the global threat of Islamic terrorism.
“This is becoming exceedingly dangerous,” he warned. “We are encouraging them to come and hit us.”
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