Monday, August 15, 2016

Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants - nytimes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Donald J. Trump on Monday laid out his plan for combating global Islamic terrorism, invoking the Cold War era to try new approaches and accusing President Obama and Hillary Clinton of bungling the fight against terrorist threats.

Calling for significant changes in how the United States defines its allies, he urged an end to “nation building” and recommended overhauling how the United States screened people coming in to the country.

“We cannot let this evil continue,” he said in his address in Youngstown, Ohio, a place where the driving concern for voters is the economy more than terrorism. “We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”

He accused the Democrats of creating a “vacuum to let terrorism grow and thrive” and singled out President Obama as “an incompetent president” for his opening to Iran and for, in Mr. Trump’s view, allowing chaos to spread throughout the Middle East by supporting the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, leading to the rise of the Islamic State and spread of Islamic terrorism.

“We will not defeat it with closed eyes and silenced voices,” he said of the fight against Islamic terrorism. “We have a president who doesn’t want to say the words. Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead our country.”

He also took aim at the approaches of the past Democratic and Republican administrations as outdated given the urgent threats posed to America.

“If I become president, the era of nation building will be brought to a quick and very swift end,” Mr. Trump said. He also said that the United States will partner with any nation willing to fight Islamic terrorism, specifically mentioning Russia, saying the United States would conduct “joint military operations” with such countries to defeat the Islamic State.

Mr. Trump said that “the time is overdue” for better screening of extremists trying to enter the country, calling for “extreme vetting.” He said only those who accept a “tolerant” view of American society would be admitted to the United States. - Read More

Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants


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