Is our counterterrorism policy working? | The Tylt
The attack in Orlando has brought to light an intractable problem: is our counterterrorism strategy working?
The prevailing US counterterrorism strategy has been one of strategic killings and partnerships.
The logic is simple: We monitor terror networks and when the opportunity arises, we take out leaders in order to disrupt operations. Simultaneously, we partner with local governments and forces to stabilize the ground situation and prevent terror groups from building a base of power.
There are tangible results from this strategy. We've killed Osama Bin Laden and countless other terror leaders. Until now, we have prevented large-scale organized attacks from terror groups from taking place on U.S. soil. We have weakened Al Qaeda, the Taliban and have forced other groups to go underground. ISIS is steadily losing territory. Terrorists cannot act with impunity under our watch. Continuing this strategy will allow us to slowly, but surely chip away at these groups until they collapse.
Incidents like Orlando, however, are nearly impossible to stop without encroaching on the rights of American citizens. Critics argue that our current strategy is ineffective and may be counterproductive.
First, the drone strikes and targeted killings have inspired hate towards America in the areas in which the strikes occur. It is a matter of time until we see blowback from this strategy.
Secondly, critics argue that the counterterrorism policy ignores ISIS’s strategic pivot. This is the new normal.
The New York times reports that in an audio broadcast, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani ...
called on lone wolves in the West to use the holy month as a time to carry out attacks in the group’s name: “Make it, Allah permitting, a month of hurt on the infidels everywhere,” he said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Critics say this paradigm shift is one that the United States may not be ready to deal with. ISIS's tactics have changed in response to the age of surveillance. A distributed and disconnected terror network cannot be fought with drones.
What do you think? Vote #CounterTerrorismWorks if you think our current strategy works, or #NewCounterTerrorism if you think we are in need a new counterterrorism strategy.
Is our counterterrorism policy working?
Earnest says Pres Obama's record on responding to terrorism "speaks for itself and that record includes a lot of dead terrorists."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 13, 2016
DC wants to sell you a steadily growing police and surveillance state to fight the terrorism their foreign and immigration policies enabled.— Conservative Pundit (@DemsRRealRacist) June 13, 2016
26. As early as 2014, ISIS explained that *anyone* could carry out an act of terror in their name. "Do not ask for permission," Adnani said— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) June 12, 2016
FBI proves uselessness of tracking citizens. Why a US LBGT club? Now seeing blowback from Iraq war, drone strikes.— Alan David (@comicalwagner) June 13, 2016