Last month the Trump admin issued its national strategy for for fighting terrorism…..and ever since I have been trying to download the paper and the White House sucks at transparency…..like it or not it sucks big time…..to be fair…..I can read the document but I cannot print it out…..
So I shall give you the breakdown that they, the White House, floated to the media…..
The Administration is outlining a new approach to counter and prevent the evolving terrorist threat, making it clear that we will take all steps necessary to keep our country safe.
President Trump’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism focuses on:
Pursuing terrorists to their source;
Isolating terrorists from their sources of support;
Modernizing and integrating the United States’ counterterrorism tools;
Protecting American infrastructure and enhancing resilience;
Countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment; and
Strengthening the counterterrorism abilities of our international partners.
The new strategy focuses the United States on countering all terrorists with the intent and ability to harm our country.
The strategy emphasizes the use of all of America’s tools to prevent and counter terrorism, strengthening military approaches while delivering a new emphasis on non-military capabilities.
Many United States Government agencies have important roles to play, including our law enforcement, diplomatic, and treasury officials.
The strategy places America first, emphasizing strong borders, strengthening security at points of entry, protecting critical infrastructure, and facilitating preparedness.
However, America First does not mean America alone. The new strategy commits us to expand our partnerships at home and abroad to encourage partners’ assistance in counterterrorism activities.
This includes working with our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allies and partners.
All this is generalities and NO specifics……but then why would they give specifics?
Read the National Strategy for Counterterrorism here.
The document cloud site……https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4955362-National-Strategy-for-Counterterrorism-2018.html
I was not impressed with this “strategy” and apparently I am not alone……
The Trump administration released its new National Strategy for Counterterrorism (NSCT) last month, just before two major terrorist plots transpired – the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and a series of mail bombs sent to Democratic figures. The NSCT shows flaws in the White House’s counterterrorism policies that allowed these recent attacks to transpire. Though the strategy outlines some important CT efforts, such as bolstering international CT alliances and leveraging non-military initiatives to prevent radicalization, the administration has failed to properly implement many of these policies and programs. Thus far, the Trump administration’s domestic and international counterterrorism policies have been too reactionary and are insufficient to ensure long-term success.
Trump’s rhetoric on the shooting in Pittsburgh and attempted attacks on top Democrats highlights a major oversight in his administration’s counterterrorism policy: it fails to consider right-wing domestic terrorism as a serious threat. Though Trump has refused to label these recent attacks as acts of terrorism, academic discourse and even definitions used by U.S. law suggest that terrorism is exactly what they are. The U.S. Code of Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”[i] Given that both Robert Bowers and Cesar Sayoc intended to use violence in pursuit of a domestic political goal, we should not hesitate to deem their actions terrorism.
We are trying to defeat a tactic……that is never a good idea to claim it can be defeated…..this strategy is about what I have come to expect from anything from the Trump administration……not much substance….to be honest sounds a lot likie the Obama strategy also……