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Trump’s National Security Strategy Mentions ‘Jihadist’ Terror Threat

Trump’s National Security Strategy Mentions ‘Jihadist’ Terror Threat

America “will pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.”

The White House has unveiled President Donald Trump’s national security strategy. It has four main points: Protect America, promote our prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance our influence.

But one of the biggest points is the return of using “jihadist” and “Sharia,” language President Barack Obama’s administration tried to avoid.


From Fox News:

“The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations,” the document states, according to excerpts released ahead of the speech.

A search of the document shows the word jihadist appears 24 times in the 68 page document. Obama’s 2015 national security strategy mentioned Islam twice.

The document mentions that America “will pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.”

Trump listed the ways to do this: disrupt terror plots, take direct actions, eliminate terrorist safe havens, sever sources of strength, share responsibility, and combat radicalization & recruitment in communities.

Sharia Law

David Reaboi at Security Studies Group noted another massive change:

He is correct. Back in January 2016, Homeland Security released a report that called for officials to stop using jihad and sharia. The Washington Free Beacon reported at the time:

Under the section on terminology, the report calls for rejecting use of an “us versus them” mentality by shunning Islamic language in “Countering Violent Extremism” programs, or CVE, the Obama administration’s euphemism that seeks to avoid references to Islam.

Under a section on recommended actions on terminology, the report says DHS should “reject religiously-charged terminology and problematic positioning by using plain meaning American English.”

Government agencies should employ “American English instead of religious, legal and cultural terms like ‘jihad,’ ‘sharia,’ ‘takfir’ or ‘umma,’” states the June 2016 report by the Council’s countering violent extremism subcommittee.

The DHS report stated that to avoid a confrontational “us versus them” stance in public efforts to counter Islamic radicalization, government programs should use the term “American Muslim” instead of “Muslim American.”

The Obama administration insisted on this even though ISIS made it NO secret that they wanted the world to live under Sharia law. The terrorist group even formed an all female brigade to help enforce Sharia law through brutal and violent means.

Tough Stance Against China, Russia

Trump said that America “will respond to the growing political, economic, and military competitions” around the world. He did not hold back against China and Russia:

China and Russia challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity. They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.

It even included critical language towards Russia over meddling with other’s election processes:

Today, such actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies. Adversaries target media, political processes, financial networks, and personal data.

It also calls out Russia for its behavior against its neighbors:

Although the menace of Soviet communism is gone, new threats test our will. Russia is using subversive measures to weaken the credibility of America’s commitment to Europe, undermine transatlantic unity, and weaken European institutions and governments. With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrated its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region. Russia continues to intimidate its neighbors with threatening behavior, such as nuclear posturing and the forward deployment of offensive capabilities.


Trump’s strategy is also not very friendly to the Middle East since officials consider the regime a threat to any peace in the region:

Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has taken advantage of instability to expand its influence through partners and proxies, weapon proliferation, and funding. It continues to develop more capable ballistic missiles and intelligence capabilities, and it undertakes malicious cyber activities. These activities have continued unabated since the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran continues to perpetuate the cycle of violence in the region, causing grievance harm to the civilian populations. Rival states are filling vacuums created by state collapse and prolonged regional conflict.

He made it clear that incidents have shown that Israel is not the cause for the disruption of peace in the Middle East. Instead, it has shown that threats from Iran along with jihadist terrorist groups have caused “the region’s problems.”


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The Russkies meddling in the election of democracies?

Well yeah, they’ve been picking up this nice habit from our Demokratts! (who meddle in anyone’s elections, even in their own country.)

“… Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.”

Why should we worry any more about the Russians than their American stooges in the media and Democratic Party, who have done their best to undermine the legitimacy of this democracy.

4th armored div | December 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Donald John Trump will become one of the greatest POTUSes of modern times.

Not afraid of calling out our enemies foreign AND domestic.

watch rags ‘splode at this event.
Donald is a patriot.
we need more like him.

    Of course rags will rail away at a great speech by our President. His sophistry and ad hominem attacks against most patriots is a habit.

    When President Trump reinforces his campaign promises, rags, instead of applauding him, resorts to rino-speak. MAGA.

Paul In Sweden | December 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Jihadist – This is the new term of the administration. Former Deputy Assistant to the President Gorka spoke a few days ago at Heritage and among many things he explained the use of Jihadist is the preferred term. There are reasons for using it in dealing with national security when dealing with friendly Islamist nations however; there are a hell of a lot of other very serious issues with Islamists than just Jihad. So I really have to part with Gorka on my use of the term Islamist when objecting to the rapid Islamization of our democracies.

When will The Donald finally say, “Barack Obama is a traitor.”

Obama administration derails an enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, as it was funneling cocaine into the United States:

    Your statement that Barack Obama is a traitor is correct IMO, but I hope President Trump does NOT say so in public. Remember the judge who recently sentenced Bowe Bergdahl to a mere slap on the hand because the judge said, not in so many words, that he wanted to retaliate against Trump for speaking his mind about the deserter: “U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison for endangering his comrades in arms when he deserted in Afghanistan in 2009, a sentence swiftly condemned by President Donald Trump, who while seeking election had called for his execution.”

    If Trump were to call Obama a traitor before charges are* made and a verdict rendered at trial, any number of defiant resisters in the DOJ, the judiciary, the legislator, and the MSM could use that statement as an excuse to go easy on Obama.

    * A hopeful verb for an unlikely event.

Insufficiently Sensitive | December 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Today, such actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.

Yesterday, such actors as America under Obama attempted to undermine the Israeli elections to damage its sitting leader. THAT warrants a mention while we’re at it.

    “Today, such actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies….”

    What a joke, huh? The last thing Russia wanted to to face an alpha male conservative like Trump. The reality is, they had that dumbass hillary klinton bought and paid for.

Clovis Sangrail | December 19, 2017 at 3:21 am

Please can you clone him and send the clone to the UK.


“They wanted him to lose. They said they did, they voted for the third-party guy … That for their own careers, their own egos, and their own mindset, they cannot give Trump a break, and they’re not going to. That’s why they need to be dismissed.

Levin described Trump as “the most conservative president since Ronald Reagan.” “Trump is trying to pull [America] to constitutionalism,”

Sounds like Levin listened to me.

IIRC, Barracula gave speeches that were very well-received. He was known for it.

What will be interesting is looking under the hood of the T-rump speech and it’s policy positions in the coming days.

Listening to it while applying critical thinking, I was far less impressed than many. A good many of his platitudes are only that. We’ll see if his walk comes close to his talk.

As with amnesty…