In a speech at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis yesterday, Hillary Clinton outlined her three-part strategy for defeating ISIS.
The first part of Clinton’s strategy is an air attack that targets its people and facilities in the Middle East and ramping up support of local forces so they can go after ISIS on the ground. The second point of her plan is to defeat ISIS across the world by dismantling the “global network of terror” — the organizations that provide funds, propaganda, and fighters. The final point of Clinton’s strategy is to fight them in the U.S. by thwarting plots, disrupting tactics used to radicalize recruits, and improving our defenses.
CNN reports that one part of Clinton’s plan to stop radicalization online is to shut down ISIS-inspired Facebook and Twitter profiles and remove terrorist content on these sites. She also commented on a need to monitor chat rooms and the deep web for radicalization activity, and the need to engage tech companies in order to accomplish this.
Clinton also called out some Republican presidential candidates for their strategies to defeat ISIS. Of Ted Cruz’s statement that he would carpet bomb ISIS strongholds in Syria, she said the following.
“Shallow slogans don’t add up to a strategy. Promising to carpet bomb until the desert glows doesn’t make you sound strong — it makes you sound like you’re in over your head. Bluster and bigotry are not credentials for becoming commander in chief.”
And in contrast to Donald Trump’s view that Muslims should temporarily be kept from entering the U.S., that she believes American Muslims are a critical element in our defense against “homegrown radicalism and terrorism.”
“To all our Muslim brothers and sisters: This is your country, too, and I am proud to be your fellow American.”
Clinton also included plans to make it more difficult for visa applicants who have in the last five years visited a country located in an Islamic-state controlled area to enter the U.S. Also in contrast to a widely held view on gun control among Republicans, Clinton stated that she believes stricter gun control laws are important in the fight against ISIS.
“Terrorists use guns to kill Americans. I think we should make it harder for them from to do that.”
She ended her speech with this.
“We will pursue our enemies with unyielding power and purpose. We will crush their would-be caliphate and counter radical jihadism wherever it takes root. We’re in it for the long haul, and we’ll stand taller and stronger than they can possibly imagine.”
NBC News cites that the location of this speech is significant. Minneapolis and St. Paul have been at the forefront of the fight against radicalization. Clinton praised them for their efforts and their progress in the fight to defeat ISIS. Minneapolis also has one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. Clinton’s choice to make this speech in Minneapolis emphasized her point that American Muslims are an asset in the U.S. fight against ISIS.
Clinton has been criticized as being weak in the fight against ISIS in the past because she served as secretary of state during their rise, following the removal of troops from Iraq. Bernie Sanders has described her as too quick to intervene and cites her support of the Iraq war and for the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya as proof. Yesterday’s speech was her third that focused on defeating ISIS in the last month. Clinton’s continued focus on her strategy to fight terrorism and ISIS is especially important now, following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. It’s certain to be a hot topic in this Saturday’s Democratic debate, as it was in last night’s Republican debate.
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