Donald Trump’s team puts ‘radical Islam’ front and center in terror fight

November 25, 2016


President Obama has long been criticized by national security hawks and a Republican presidential field led by Donald Trump for refusing to say the words “radical Islam” to describe threats posed by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.

That reluctance won’t be a problem for the president-elect’s national security team, which is flush with nominees who can be expected to employ the term regularly.

The shift will test two deeply opposed worldviews on how to defeat jihadi terrorist groups. Mr. Obama argued that the term “radical Islam” plays into the propaganda narrative of the Islamic State and other U.S. enemies, falsely suggesting that the West was at war with the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims. Mr. Trump, incoming National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn and many others say the U.S. and its allies can never win the war on terrorism if they fail to honestly call out the enemy by name.

“For eight years, the Obama administration sidestepped the issue of properly defining the threat against the West and its allies and used the nebulous term ‘violent extremists’ to describe our enemies,” said Bill Roggio, an editor of the Long War Journal at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

“The question is whether the incoming Trump administration will go too far to the extreme and define the war as one against Islam,” Mr. Roggio said in an interview this week. “This risks alienating some of our key allies in the Middle East and beyond, whose support is critical if we are going to defeat the global jihadist threat.”

19 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Luke says:

    We are at war with islam, the quran teaches it, how stupid are we..

  • buck Shot says:

    They can label it anyway they want, it’s all the same. But, while we wage war against the terrorists in other countries, in spite of all the rhetoric, we are ignoring what is happening in our back yards. From the mouth of Khalid sheikh Mohammed, he says, “[Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] said the terror attacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within.”
    I tend to believe him over the politicians.

  • Tiger says:

    Folks Trump doesn’t have to dance around this religion. a law passed in 1952 spells it out that anybody, any group of people who are a threat to our security can be kept out of this country. Our immigration laws also have an “Alien Threat” clause that says the same thing and doesn’t matter if you belong to religious group or not.

    Here is the facts.

    1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act (An act to revise the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality; and for other purposes)
    H.R. 13342; Pub.L. 414; 182 Stat. 66.
    82nd Congress; June 27, 1952.
    You can find the full text of this law here or download the PDF.

    Otherwise known as the McCarran-Walter Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 was meant to exclude certain immigrants from immigrating to America, post World War II and in the early Cold War. The McCarran-Walter Act moved away from excluding immigrants based simply upon country of origin. Instead it focused upon denying immigrants who were unlawful, immoral, diseased in any way, politically radical etc. and accepting those who were willing and able to assimilate into the US economic, social, and political structures, which restructured how immigration law was handled. Furthermore, the most notable exclusions were anyone even remotely associated with communism which in the early days of the Cold War was seen as a serious threat to US democracy. The main objective of this was to block any spread of communism from outside post WWII countries, as well as deny any enemies of the US during WWII such as Japan and favor “good Asian” countries such as China. The McCarran-Walter Act was a strong reinforcement in immigration selection, which was labeled the best way to preserve national security and national interests. President Truman originally vetoed the law, deeming it discriminatory; however there was enough support in Congress for the law to pass.

    1. sox83cubs84 says:

      As you well know, Tiger, Trump doesn’t dance around ANYTHING. He charges, he confronts, and he conquers. The Democrap Party is in tatters, and the presstitutes in the liberal media are disgraced as a result of Trump taking the offense and charging forward. In due time, ISIS and Al-Qaida will know this, too.

      1. Tiger says:

        He surely doesn’t spare the rod whips them good.

    2. Donnie Buchanan says:

      During the war with muslims on the Barbary Coast, Gen. Pershing had his troops grease their ammo with pig fat. According to one account, 50 muslims were captured, lined up and 49 were shot with the greased bullets. Pershing released the last one with the order to tell the muslims what he saw. This put an end to the conflict.

      1. Tiger says:

        Yepper he surely did just that. Now again the Philippines overwhelmed with Muslims and our Special Forces helping their troops fight them by training them. Colonel Oliver North did a Special on it.

  • KT says:

    Bottom Line….let’s call it for what it is…..If, we do not identify the enemy, how can we defeat them? Plain & simple, this is a no brainer! In war you have to know who is who especially those who are allies. It is apparent, who America can trust & the ones that are deceivers. Saudi for one is not our ally!!!! I am one who believes, that the Clinton’s brought the 9/11 issue on us, because they have a lot of ties over there since Bill’s s Presidency. It is just so happened on George’s watch, after Bill! I have always wondered why? When Bill had the chance to take out Oshama B L……why he didn’t???? I really believe Bill made promises for money on the back of America to this radical & stirred them up! That is just my opinion!

    1. sox83cubs84 says:

      Your opinion is one I share wholeheartedly. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that Ovomit favors the Muslims, but he is definitely a sympathizer and is too weak to stand up to them, preferring appeasement instead. With President Trump and his Cabinet, the dial will be turned up several notches, and I will have pride in a strong administration and a rebuilt and enhanced military taking these goat-humpers out for good.

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  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

    The war against terrorism is not against Islam but against Islamic terrorists and against all those that associate Islam to Islamic terrorists. I never understood why Obama made an issue the worlds to describe the enemy. Is “our” allies fell offended by the use of Islamic terrorism in defining our enemies is because they are not our allies, but our enemies.The problem of Trump and Hillary is that one is Muslim or has sympathies for them after years of schooling at a Madras school at Indonesia; and the other is the lover of a Muslim, Huma Abedin.

    1. Debra Corrales says:

      I think you meant “the problem of OBAMA and Hillary”, not Trump.

      1. Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

        You are correct. I edited my comment. Thank you.

    2. bobnstuff says:

      If going to first grade in a Muslim school make Obama a Muslim, he went to that school for less then a year and a half, then he must be a Catholic sense he next went to a Catholic school for twice as long. Isn’t this also the President that everyone complained about his minister being to radical? We have many more allies in the Muslim world then enemies, who do you think is doing almost all the fighting and dying in the fight against ISIS?

      1. Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

        Maybe his Muslim sympathies came from his visits to his Kenyan family and not from his elementary school in Indonesia. I remember all my years in elementary school from kindergarten and the impact that had in my cultural formation were big. The point was clarified in the reply above.

      2. Rodney Steward says:

        Obama went to the muslim school for almost 5 years, then went to a Catholic school and never went to another one again! He’s no more a Catholic than you are a Patriot, and of course more muslims are dying and doing the fighting, it’s their homeland, either fight and die, or just act like an idiot and not do nothing and still die! Thanksgiving didn’t change you a bit!!

    3. Mel H Hadap says:

      Juggling words/names could be on purpose or not. Repeating the same pattern could lead to misinformation hence truth or fiction. The result is confusion then the trouble starts.

      1. Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

        There is no confusion: a terrorist that is Islamic is an Islamic terrorist, as a dog that is German Shepherd is a German Shepherd dog or a priest that is Catholic is a Catholic priest. The confusion comes from the narrative on what is said and what should be said. Obama said “violent terrorists” despite that the enemy is the “Islamic terrorists”. Violent terrorist is anyone who cause terror, as those that kill doctors from abortion clinics. Islamic terrorist is any terrorists that cause terror in the name of the Islam. Sorry if I did not made my self clear enough.

      2. Rodney Steward says:

        Obama did it all the time, let it slide, the media always did!

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