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What Events and the Aftermath in Orlando Demand

Radical Islam – a Necessary Strategic and Coherent Strategy and Policy desperately needed. Now!

Obama must declare war, drop political correctness and save lives. We are losing the war on terror …

We have not implemented a coherent strategic policy and strategy not only for defeating ISIS, but for radical Islam and ideology. An ideology that continues to feed, breed and spread this cancer …

America is at war. The events in Orlando represent a sea change in the United States. Or at least they should. President Obama and his administration now has an historic opportunity to declare to the world that we are at war and our enemies must be crushed. The time for political correctness is behind us.

The idea that U.S. federal agencies, the armed forces, and law enforcement are not allowed to discuss the religious motivation and ideology of our enemies, and that words such as jihad have to be censored out of our lexicon of counter-terrorism and military training has to end. It has to end now!

If this administration persists in ignoring the reality that jihadi terrorism and its guiding ideology of radical Islam is a global phenomenon that has reached our shores. As I’ve said time and time again, this administration continues to focus instead on concepts such as “lone wolf,”  “hate crime,” and “the proliferation of weapons in private hands,” we will continue to see Americans die on U.S. soil.

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Radical Islam – a Necessary Strategic and Coherent Strategy and Policy desperately needed. Now!

There is a way to win this war. The strategy has three parts:

  1. We must get politics, and particularly political correctness, out of the threat assessment that address radical Islamic terror. We have to talk truthfully about our enemy, exactly the same way we did during World War II; when facing the Nazis and the Axis Powers, and during the Cold War, when President Reagan rightfully called the Soviet Union an “evil empire.”
  2. We have to empower our Muslim allies in the Middle East who are most at risk and face the threat from groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, and which, in the final analysis, have to be the face of a victory against Islamist extremism and radical Islamic terrorism. This includes the King Abdullah and the Jordanians, and especially the Egyptian government of President Fatah al-Sisi, a brave Muslim who has been rejected by the Obama administration. Further, our Sunni allies have to be the face of this war but they will not close with and destroy this enemy unless we assist them, which means redeploying our troops as advisors to the region. Obama has lost their trust when he pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq deliberately and prematurely.
  3. Finally, this war will not be won by killing jihadis in large numbers. The use of force is only a part of the solution. Ultimately we will win when the ideology of global jihadism is no longer attractive to young men and women from Orlando to Brussels and from Paris to San Bernardino. That can only be done through a strategic-level counter-propaganda campaign driven by the White House, in exactly the same way that we did both during WWII and the Cold War and the early years of the War on Terror.

If these three elements of the strategy are followed, we could destroy the menace of global jihad, including al-Qaeda and ISIS.

If the threat, this enemy of the world is not taken seriously by the current president, or the next administration, Americans will continue to be targeted on American soil.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy and strategy matters for the private sector, media groups and outlets, and to political entities, forums, and political candidates. He provides regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private community groups in the areas of national security -- focusing international strategic policy, strategic engagement, strategic intelligence, special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric conflict. He has served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC, which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments, and strategic planning to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes.