Another excellent post from Dr Furnish and one that I hope those of you with military and coms training will appreciate and consider. Also worth noting this week is a magistrate’s ruling in France that Marine Le Pen must submit to psychiatric/psychological analysis.
Last week the Trump Admnistration released its new “National Strategy for Counterterrorism,” [NSCT], a 25-page document outlining the President’s plan to “secure our Nation and prevail against terrorism.”
In order to understand its content and significance, we need to know context—first and foremost the Obama’s Administration’s analogous agenda, disseminated in 2011 (which was, in its turn, a modification of the George W. Bush Administration one put out in 2006). This 19-page text focused almost exclusively on “al-Qa`ida and its affiliates and adherents” (passim) with only a few one-off mentions of other groups (Lashkar-e Tayyiba, al-Shabab, Hizbullah, HAMAS and Colombia’s FARC). The main methodology for defeating AQ was said to be via “broad international coalitions” (p. 4) focusing on Pakistan; in fact, it claimed that “[w]e will defeat al-Qa`ida only through a sustained partnership with Pakistan” (p. 13). Perhaps the most glaring flaw was the misplaced…
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