Conservatives are starting to get it
|Ronald Reagan: Saints Row IV Edition|
The enemy is the Global Jihad Movement. And it is inspired, guided, and enabled by the Islamic supremacist doctrine its adherents call shariah.
For much of this period, the U.S. government has pursued various approaches to the threats posed by that enemy – including selective military engagements, benign neglect, willful blindness, and outright appeasement. They have all shared one common denominator: They ignore the aforementioned realities and, as a practical matter, have exacerbated them.
Yet, no one has advanced a more reality-based, more practical and more effective way to counter, let alone defeat, this ideologically driven enemy. [Didact: Wrong. I did, back in 2013. It's just that, in the scheme of things, I'm not important.]
At the National Press Club at noon on January 16th, an ad hoc group of highly skilled national security professionals will unveil an alternative plan of action that has been proven effective in protecting us against relentlessly aggressive totalitarian ideologues in the one environment that matters: the real world. The resulting approach, called the “Secure Freedom Strategy,” is modeled after the one President Ronald Reagan successfully employed to take down Soviet communism and the Evil Empire it spawned. [Didact: And what does Mr. Gaffney suppose I took as my inspiration?]
The “Secure Freedom Strategy” offers a detailed prescription for a clear-eyed understanding of the enemy we confront and actionable steps for vanquishing it.
- Understanding how and why Islamists think the way they do;
- Establish the clear objective of rolling back the tide of Islamism;
- Re-establishing the doctrine of "Peace Through Strength";
- Fighting the war of ideas;
- Using every trick in the counter-intel book;
- Winning the economic war;
- Attacking the enemy on the cyber-battlefield;
Nowhere in his article does Mr. Gaffney mention immigration. Everything in it is predicated on the assumption that America must go abroad in search of monsters to slay- in direct contradiction of the one foreign policy doctrine that makes the slightest bit of sense.
(Note: to a libertarian, economic sanctions are an act of war. Since the Islamic ideology has, according to its own internal founding documents, been "at war" with "everyone else" since its [supposed] "prophet" fled to Medina and established his power base there, this is not a problem.)