Managing Violent Extremism & Lying to Ourselves


On April 13, 2017 I tweeted the following based upon my belief that the U.S. continues to lie to itself regarding its efforts to manage violent extremism.  I may need these tweets someday so I am capturing them here.


I have no issue with U.S. “policy” or “strategy” to manage violent extremism being of the shampoo directions variety…

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Or Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, Disseminate.

My issue is when the U.S. lies to itself.

“We can’t kill our way to victory.”

Maybe not, but we can kill our way to plot disruption, & that is likely sufficient.

“We need to address the drivers of radicalization.”

I agree, but again, we lack the will to do so, thus, more killing.

IMO an integrity-filled policy statement would be…

“Some places are broken & fixing them is beyond U.S. will. In these places there are bad guys who threaten the U.S. & we will kill them.”

End of tweet series.

Categories: National Security, Quick Thoughts
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