Trump’s tough talk is hurting the US Counterterrorism Efforts.

The Trump Administration has no shortage of tough talk when it comes to dealing with terrorism. In the President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress he vowed to demolish and destroy ISIS. Despite the recent battlefield victories against ISIS, by paid proxies in Iraq and Syria, Trump’s tough talk, will likely serve as a recruiting boon for terrorist groups.

On the Campaign trail, Trump Vowed to fill Guantanamo Bay with “bad dudes”. But who are these “bad dudes?” Guantanamo Bay was used for enemy combatants captured on the battlefield during the height of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)and the US no longer has large-scale ground battles underway.

 

In fact, Guantanamo Bay is such little use for the US and such great use for terrorist propaganda that on President Barack Obama’s second day in office, in 2009, he said, “I’m absolutely committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo.” In a White House Press Release he said, “its very existence undermines our national security.”

 

President Obama was not alone in his feelings on Guantanamo Bay, an interrogator that spent several months interviewing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Special Agent Darin Devine, of the US Army, Criminal Investigative Division, said “Guantanamo Bay was the number one reason that many of these young jihadists joined the fight.” There is no excuse for the way some were mistreated, but the mistreatment was the exception and not the rule.”

Images and stories of Guantanamo Bay have fueled jihadist propaganda and can be found in  several jihadist publications according to Human Rights First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan human rights organization. Trump is not only rallying his base with Guantanamo talk, he is also potentially providing material for recruitment of terrorists.

Insulting talk as a celebrity is good fodder for the tabloids, but when that talk comes from the president, it has much deeper implications. In much the same way as Trump used Twitter as a tool to attack celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell, he now, as president, uses it to attack other politicians and world leaders.

Even during the most somber of moments, like the recent terror attacks on London, when our allies are looking for support, Trump is on the attack. When London’s Mayor, was trying to comfort and reassure his people, Trump tweeted “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” One Twitter comment, from a Londoner read, “Trump should be offering support at this time, not petty criticism and self-righteous propaganda.”

Bold statement and tough talk have become a staple of Donald Trump, in office and on his campaign trail. During a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa Trump vowed to go after ISIS-controlled oil fields. Much to the pleasure of the crowd he also vowed to “bomb the s— out of’ em.” Sometimes talk like that is used by military leaders, legit tough guys rallying the troops before a life and death fight.

Maybe Donald Trump learned to talk like that in the military? Maybe not, according to the New York Times, Trump received four deferments, from the draft, during the Vietnam war: three while in college and then in 1968, upon graduation, he secured his final medical deferment for bone spurs in his heels. Trump’s tough talk, is just that talk, the fighting will, as usual be for others to do.

9/11 was the deadliest terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil with 2,996 killed. Four planes were highjacked by 19 foreign nationals and used as weapons of mass destruction. Surely the travel ban is in place to prevent another tragedy. Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told CNN, in April 2017 that, “the thing that keeps him up at night is the attempt of terrorists to knock down a plane in flight”

Maybe a travel ban makes sense? Until you take into account that 15 of the 19 highjackers were Saudi nationals and Saudi Arabia is excluded from the ban. Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, are the countries that have been singled out in the ban. When it comes time to enact policies that actually protect us from terrorism, Trump is not willing to ruffle the feathers of our dangerous ally Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump has talked the talk when it comes to combating terrorism, but the way to defeat violent extremism won’t come in the form of tough talk, mean tweets, and nonsensical policies. Defeating violent extremism must come in the form of ideas, sensible policies, and support for our allies, and so far, we have seen little of that.

 

 

 

 

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Sources:

 

Interview – Darin Devine, Special Agent CID, 45 years old, (781) 727 0607 Darin Devine@hotmail.com

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/28/remarks-president-trump-joint-address-congress

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http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/like-middle-east-wars-youre-gonna-love-president-trump-214985

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/watch-live-obamas-statement-on-plan-to-shut-down-guantanamo/

 

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/sites/default/files/AQ-ISIS-Propaganda-Use-of-Gitmo-Issue-Brief.pdf

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-rosie-odonnell-twitter-feud.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/politics/donald-trump-draft-record.html

 

http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks

 

Firearms training is a booming business. 

 By David James Bruce 

Remember around 2005, when the real estate market was booming and everyone that was working a menial job became a mortgage broker over night by watching a couple videos and taking a multiple choice test. Remember how that ended? Well, there is a similar trend happening in the firearms world. The world is becoming less safe, terrorist attacks are on the rise, wide spread civil disobedience, rioting, looting. Ok, now take a breath. Things aren’t quite that bad, but the media has bad news playing 24/7 and that is surely a factor that has caused the firearms training world to become flooded with students and hence a booming market has been created for the firearms instructor, but are all firearms instructors created equal?

Enter the self designated firearms instructor. To the uninitiated, he might look the part. Is he fit? Check. Does he have a Beard? Yup. Hat with tear away American flag? Yeah dog, Well let’s get to busting some caps right? Maybe not. What do we really know about this individual? If I needed the services of a lawyer or a doctor, I could easily look for some initials after his or her name that would indicate that they are trained and certified under some governing body and this is a good thing. I could also research what school they went to, maybe even where they graduated in their class.

Not so simple in the largely unregulated world of firearms instruction. Now, there are a handful of training facilities in the U.S. that are well established and have solid reputations and you couldn’t go wrong training with them. They have been operating for years and have seasoned firearms instructors. These institutions would not let someone get up and speak in front of students without being vetting and trained in their established systems. These vetted instructors are not only hired for their skills and experience, but their ability to establish rapport with the students and deliver training in a manner that’s consistent with their institution.

That’s all well and good if you live near one of these training academies, but what if you don’t? Should you just drive to the nearest range and look for an advertisement hanging from an old cork board in the front hall? Nope, you want to do some research. You should go online and look at reviews or After Action Reports (AARs) of training classes that took place near you and see what past students had to say. A well done AAR has a ton of value. It lists what people liked and didn’t like, what drills were covered, take aways and also round count and a list of required equipment. Also, read the instructors bio, resume or curriculum vitae (CV). If I am taking a defensive firearms class, I would like to know that the instructor has had some “Skin in the game” at some point. I need to know he has he carried a firearm professionally and his life depended on him knowing how to use it.

I also like to see instructor level qualification from a recognizable entity, i.e., military, federal, state or local law enforcement academy or an established firearms training facility. Also, some time spent as an instructor or cadre at a course. You see, it takes a little time to transition from doer to teacher, and I like to see a little professional instructing time under someone’s belt before I lay out my money for a class.

When I look at a bio or a resume a dead give away to me that someone is full of shit is when they list agencies or units that they “trained with”, but never belonged to. Standing next to a high speed guy does not make you a high speed guy and you don’t get any credit for that – in fact – minus 5 points for embarrassing yourself. When you do take your class, if the instructor spends more time telling war stories than actually explaining and demonstrating techniques and coaching students, something’s wrong. War stories should be kept to a minimum – it’s nice to put the techniques that are being taught into context, but if there are a lot of stories with the ending of the story being where the instructor saved the day, that’s a red flag. Even if he really did the deeds, he’s a clown. I advise you to not spend money on that shit, you can get that at most bars for free. Doing a little research ahead of time will ensure you have a safe, successful training day. Spend your time and money wisely, with reputable instructors that put you and your learning first.