National Security Policy In Wonderland


Jihad, what jihad?

EDITORIAL: Obama’s jihad on ‘jihad’

President Obama’s latest strategic innovation in the war on terrorism is to ignore jihad and maybe it will go away.

The Obama administration is removing terms such as “jihad” and “Islamic extremism” from the U.S. National Security Strategy in an attempt to convince Muslim countries that America doesn’t view them solely through the lens of counterterrorism. It’s reasonable to look beyond terrorism in developing relationships with Islamic states. Our assistance programs are based on humanitarian motives, for example, so they need not explicitly draw links between promoting good will and hopefully making it less likely that people will fly aircraft into our buildings.

But the National Security Strategy is not some kind of outreach initiative, it is the framing document for America’s global safety. The United States cannot effectively combat the root causes of Islamic extremism by ignoring them. The war on terror – rather, the “overseas contingency operation,” in O Force terminology – won’t be effective if this country overlooks the nature of the enemy and his motives. The U.S. strategic blueprint is not the proper place for a public-relations stunt.

Even the Muslim majority states in question understand the religious component of terrorism as a motivator, recruiting tool and strategic road map. They are threatened by Islamic extremism even more than the United States and have no problem describing the threat by its true nature, which must be understood if it is to be defeated.

The most troubling signal is the one being sent through the bureaucracy that any thoughtful discussion of Islamic radicalism and the global threat it poses will be hazardous to one’s career. Analyses of the extremist Muslim threat will be increasingly deleted from briefing papers, assessments and planning documents. Those who continue to spread the alarm will be marginalized and ignored. Such sanitizing may please the White House, but it’s likely to put the United States in more danger as threats that should have been detected in advance slip by because officials have been trained not to look for them.

See also:
Obama administration removing terms like ‘Islamic extremism’ from national security document
World must not ignore terrorism’s religious aspect
Will White House Tone Down Terror Terminology?
Obama moves to de-link terrorism from Islam
Obama talks less of terror in outreach to Muslims
Mush From the Wimp: Obama, Orwell and National-Security Psychobabble
War By Euphemism
Obama Administration Declares Victory In War On Semantics

Yeah, just ignore reality and it’ll just go away. We’re through the looking glass on national defense here people.

/gee, what could Obama possibly do to make America any more vulnerable to a catastrophic attack?

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