Trump’s Message to the CIA

Donald Trump’s relationship with the intelligence community got off to a rocky start. But yesterday he delivered a speech that let them know they have his full support when it comes to the war against ISIS. As the Daily Caller reports:

President Donald Trump vowed to give unprecedented backing to the U.S. intelligence community in the war on radical Islam during his first speech as president at CIA headquarters.

Trump reiterated a line from his inaugural address, saying the U.S. should “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism.” He insinuated that the CIA’s full potential was not put to use by the Obama administration in the war against Islamic State. “We haven’t used our real abilities,” he said, and flatly declared, “we have to get rid of ISIS.”

He reiterated the critical role intelligence plays in military operations, saying that better analysis on ISIS will save U.S. soldiers’ lives.

Repeatedly, Trump criticized the Obama administration’s policy on Iraq for withdrawing troops in 2011. Trump indicated he believes radical Islamic terrorism poses a major threat to the U.S. because of the “inter-related nature” of the havoc it wreaks on society. Former President Barack Obama sought to portray ISIS as a threat to the U.S., but would frequently say it was not “existential” to the West. Obama cited the figures of everyday causes of death to Americans in comparison to those killed by Islamic terrorist attacks.

It’s nice to see a president who understands that radical Islamic terrorism is a global crisis that deserves our full attention. But for a long time, in places like Libya and Syria, the CIA has been part of the problem. Here’s hoping President Trump articulates a clear vision for securing the safety of the American people. 


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