American Politics on Counter-Terrorism
It was not easy for me to research this topic. I am naturally not too interested in politics and am very much against war. But after the Paris terror attacks and very recent Brussels terror attacks I think something must be said on two of the strongest front runners for the US elections and what they have to say about counter-terrorism because this is the one of the biggest problems the world has ever had to face. Certainly once in power – and they will hold immense power – huge decisions must be made that will affect the rest of the world.
Credibility: Donald Trump, born the 14th of June 1946, is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He is a very successful businessman, celebrity and socialite. He never served in the military but is known for donating over one million dollars in 1983 to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New York City.
Donald Trump has interesting views on counter-terrorism. After the Brussels terror attacks that took place on the 22nd of March 2016 Wolf Blitzer asked Trump how he would combat terrorism and his view is to literally place a temporary ban on all Muslims from entering the United States. He also feels that Muslims can be interrogated as he feels that many know what is going on – they just don’t report it. He also believes that there is no problem with torture methods. He agrees with “waterboarding” – an interrogation technique, first documented in the 14th century, simulating the experience of drowning, in which a person is strapped, face up, to a board that slopes downward at the head, while large quantities of water are poured over the face into the breathing passages. He also believes in using worse torture methods.
He believes that the current president Barack Obama is weak and the American public needs a strong leader who is not afraid to use the words ‘Radical Islamic terrorism’.
Hillary Clinton, born the 26th of October 1947, has been involved in politics from a very early age. She has served as a secretary of state, been a practicing lawyer and law professor, and was America’s first lady when her husband Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She has achieved many other political and professional achievements.
On counter-terrorism this is what she has to say, regarding her three part plan to defeat ISIS. The first step, according to her, is to take out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria. She says that America should intensify the coalition air campaign against its fighters, leaders and infrastructure. America needs to step up support for local Arab and Kurdish forces on the ground and coalition efforts to protect civilians and pursue a diplomatic strategy aimed at achieving political resolutions to Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s sectarian divide.
Secondly America must dismantle the global network of terror that supplies money, arms, propaganda and fighters. This means targeted efforts must be made to deal with ISIS affiliates from Libya to Afghanistan. It means America needs to go after the key enablers who facilitate elicit financial transactions and help Jihadists arrange travel, forge documents and evade detection. This means waging online battles with extremists to discredit their ideology, expose their lies and counter their appeals to potential recruits in the west and around the world.
Thirdly, America must harden their defenses and build their resilience at home. They need to counter each step in the process that can lead to an attack deterring would be terrorists and discover and disrupt plots before they are carried out. She expresses that the enemies are constantly adapting and America has to do the same, looking at what happened in Brussels, and needs to take a harder look at security protocols at airports and other sensitive so-called “soft sites” – especially areas outside guarded perimeters. To do all this America needs an intelligence surge and so does its allies. America also has to stay ahead of the curve technologically which means working with the brightest minds in silicon valley to more effectively track and analyze ISIS’ social media posts and map Jihadists’ networks online.
Referring to Donald Trump she had this to say:
“When other candidates talk about building walls around America, I wanna ask them: How high do the walls have to be to keep the internet out?” This is a very valid point to make.
She talks about how the tech guys and the government need to work together to protect America’s safety and privacy. She feels that a national commission on encryption needs to be put in place.
*All this information was taken and quoted from the Stanford University speech Hillary Clinton gave on the 23rd of March 2016.
These are two very strong candidates, Hillary Clinton representing the Democrats and Donald Trump representing the Republicans. No matter who wins, I deeply feel that great change is going to occur from within the White House that will hopefully make a huge dent on the efforts of radical Islamic terrorism and hopefully make the world a more peaceful and safer place to live.