- Forty six percent of 1,000 likely voters said that Middle East terrorists were winning the fight against terrorism.
- The percentage of Americans who think we are winning the war on terrorism has dropped from 49% just before Obama got reelected to a consisitently low 30% or so since then.
- This is the most pessimistic feeling among Americans relative to this topic that Rasmussen has polled in over a decade.
- Specifically, Rasmussen stated in their findings that: “More voters than ever think terrorists have the advantage over the United States and its allies.”
- These bad trends exist despite the promise that Obama made a year ago that his policies would eventually destroy ISIS. But those policies have done basically nothing to stop the violence and carnage that ISIS has wrought despite the American taxpayer paying billions of dollars for a war strategy that they now recognize is not working.
- Failure, failure, failure. Mr. Hayward sums up Americans’ feelings nicely in his closing paragraph: “The sense that terrorists have the initiative, while our government plays defense and scrambles to respond to their actions, makes us think the battle is out of our control. Even the remarkable string of recent law-enforcement successes against incipient terror attacks provides little comfort; it is the menacing specter of bloody massacres averted at the last moment by FBI agents that lingers in the public imagination. The next President will face a tall order in restoring Americans’ confidence in the War on Terror.”
- On September 22, 2015, John Allen, a retired general who the President had handpicked to lead the U.S. war effort against ISIS resigned.
- On September 29, 2015, Evelyn Farkas, who was a top Defense Department official responsible for managing the relations between the U.S., Russia, and the Ukraine, resigned after serving five years in that position.
- Ari Schwartz, the President’s top advisor on cyber-security, resigned on October 1, 2015. This is a foreign relations effort since it seems every month or so some Russian or Chinese hack is breaking into some Federal government computer system, definitely putting this topic into the foreign relations arena.
- According to the two analyses, fourteen years after 9-11, the U.S. Federal government still has not figured out how to coordinate its global anti-terrorism efforts around the world.
- This conclusion was reached by both a bipartisan task force of the House Homeland Security Committee and by the “2015 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy” by the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD).
- The U.S. has not been able to stop the flow of people flocking to terrorism organizations around the world or countering a very effective propaganda effort by those same terrorism organizations.
- In just the past four years, over 25,000 people have gone to Syria and Iraq to become fighters for terrorism organizations including over 200 U.S. citizens.
- Quoting from the Congressional study: “There appears to be no comprehensive accounting of terrorist-travel programs in the U.S. government or any systematic government-wide efforts to identify gaps between them. . . . We found that hundreds of programs, projects, and initiatives have sprouted up to combat terrorist travel since 9/11, but without an overarching strategy to coordinate them, the United States may be wasting taxpayer dollars and failing to allocate resources where they are needed most. Indeed, lack of a strategy not only increases the risk terrorists might exploit weaknesses in the U.S. travel system, but also raises the prospect of waste, overlap, and duplication between agencies.”
- The ACPD report and analysis states: “For public diplomacy professionals to effectively advance U.S. foreign policy efforts to counter violent extremism, there needs to be clear CVE (anti-terrorism) strategy across the U.S. government.”
- Fourteen years since 9-11 and the Feds and Washington political class have still not gotten anything right in the war against terror. Pathetic.
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