Coming into office, President Donald Trump declared defeating and destroying ISIS to be his top foreign policy priority.
In contrast with the Obama administration, he had no hesitation defining precisely the root of the threat: Islamist terrorism—not vaguely phrased “violent extremism,” “workplace violence,” or “manmade contingencies.”
This definition of the threat also needs to come with a far more concise strategy to combat it. The shorthand for the Obama strategy was “CVE,” or “Countering Violent Extremism.”
Like the evasive title, this program failed. The United States continues to face terror attacks from radicalized individuals, such as last year’s Orlando nightclub massacre.
In a recent article for The National Interest, “Top 10 Ways to Make War on the ‘War of Ideas,’” The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano writes that “the new team in Washington needs to right-size the effort, making it complementary with effective counterterrorism measures and U.S. strategy overseas.”
Carafano’s 10 points are:
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