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