Always a day late and a buck short with this White House. And the buck is always getting passed to someone else.
Once again, the president who promised to fundamentally transform America into a land more reliant than ever on government has done more than any previous president to prove government’s shortcomings.
This White House at its highest levels has been incompetent, too busy paying attention to politics, or just not paying attention at all.
The latest bureaucracy failure is a project that, say, compared to making sure everyone from college gals to 86-year old male lepers has access to free birth control, should have been a relatively easy task.
According to an article today by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing at Americans in order to mint new, home-grown terrorists here in the United States.
Even though a strategy has been promised for years. From the piece:
In December 2011, the Obama administration said it would develop such a strategy. The White House rolled out the Strategic Implementation Plan for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), which promised that the administration “will develop a separate strategy focused on CVE online.”
In 2012, administration officials told Congress on several occasions that they were on the case. In April 2012, then-White House Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan sent a letter to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (one of the authors here), noting that “this issue is of such importance that it warrants a ‘separate, more comprehensive strategy,’ which we are developing.”
In September 2012, Janet Napolitano, DHS secretary at the time, said that “interagency partners are currently developing a strategy around countering violent extremism online” and that the “strategy focuses on leveraging Internet safety principles to protect communities from violent extremist propaganda.”
Two years, later, no strategy.
In February 2013, the White House did a blog post trumpeting the establishment of a new “Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence” that would address the issue. Sounds like just the type of thing that really gets stuff done!
“There is no evidence that this new Interagency Working Group has done anything since the release of the blog post,” write Lieberman and Beckner.
Hopefully there will be another blog post. I mean, it’s time to start getting serious.
Maybe a Tweet? #dontgoislamist.