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Trump: Middle East Leaders Agreed to Stop Funding Islamism

President Trump today indicated that Muslim leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia earlier this week agreed to stop funding the ideologies that lead to to terrorism.

Trump said during remarks in Brussels:

This call for driving out terrorism is a message I took to a historic gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders across the region, hosted by Saudi Arabia. There, I spent much time with King Salman, a wise man who wants to see things get much better rapidly. The leaders of the Middle East have agreed at this unprecedented meeting to stop funding the radical ideology that leads to this horrible terrorism all over the globe.

My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity. Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever. You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are. We must be tough. We must be strong. And we must be vigilant.

The Saudis, of course, have been particularly guilty of tolerating extremist ideology and spreading it throughout the world.

I doubt the funding is going to stop. But maybe some of it will. This is progress, and hopefully Trump will hold them accountable. His call for Arab leaders to cease supporting radicalism is based on an understanding that the Islamist threat is not just some extremist movement, but part of what is going on within Arab societies.

Nevertheless, Trump has backed off some of his campaign thinking on the topic, saying in his Saudi speech that, “Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.” Unfortunately, that’s not correct. Thinkers from the activist moderate Muslim Hirsi Ali to Egyptian President Sisi understand that there is a problem within Islam that has to change. But it looks like National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster got to Trump with his insistence that the terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

Or maybe not quite. Trump used the term “Islamic extremism,” which he was not supposed to do, during his address in Saudi Arabia. He was slated to say “Islamist,” which is a term held to be less intrinsic to the religion itself and more descriptive of radicalism that exists outside it.

“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds,” he said. The prepared remarks called for him to say: “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”

Anonymous White House advisors he was just tired. But I don’t think he’s as much of an idiot as some of his aides do. I think he knew what he was doing.

Nevertheless, frustrated that the president went off their carefully crafted script, the White House released Trump’s remarks as prepared for delivery. AFTER he gave the speech.

Normally the White House puts out the actual transcript of his remarks. In this case, as far as I can tell, they didn’t.

Hopefully Trump will continue to be Trump, despite voices within the administration trying to make him Jeb Bush.

Obama’s ISIS Incrementalism Continues

Seriously, this is how Democrats fight wars. A little of this, then a little more, and OMG that’s not working, so add some more. Whatever happened to the Powell Doctrine, which, appropriating the lessons of Vietnam, stated we were supposed to either get fully in a war or not at all? From the Washington Post:… Continue Reading

State Department Tries to Deny “No Boots on the Ground” Pledge

Even for the Obama administration, this one is deeply rich. State Department spokesman John Kirby Monday said to an astonished Matt Lee of the Associated Press that the administration has not been saying there would be “no boots on the ground” in places like Syria in Iraq. This after President Obama announced Monday that 250 special… Continue Reading

Obama Fights ISIS – by Letting ISIS In

President Obama wants to protect the United States from ISIS by taking measures that could — yes — allow more ISIS operatives into the United States. In his weekly address Saturday, Obama suggested his policy of settling Syrian refugees in the United States could combat ISIS by giving the U.S. propaganda points for showing how… Continue Reading

Video || Who Cares What ISIS Wants??

One thing I really don’t get: Whether you support sending troops to destroy ISIS or not, what’s the point of saying we shouldn’t do it because it’s what ISIS wants us to do, as President Obama and many others have done. The presupposition here is that ISIS would win, right? That we’d be playing right… Continue Reading

Obama to Deliver Oval Office Address on San Bernardino

From the White House: On Sunday, December 6th at 8:00PM EST, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe. The President will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino.… Continue Reading

Stopping ISIS: Borders, Guns, and God

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live. — Deuteronomy 30:19 A Republic, if you can keep it. — Benjamin Franklin, describing what had been created during the Constitutional Convention. “Ideologues,” “restrictionists” and… Continue Reading