Donald Trump began his speech in Youngstown, Ohio with a statistic the establishment media will never report: This summer, there has been an ISIS attack launched outside the war zones of the Middle East every 84 hours.
Of course the media isn’t going to share that statistic because it reminds voters of who the authors of this disaster for America and Western Civilization are: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
During the opening minutes of his remarks Trump drove home the severity of the situation by listing the deadliest of the terrorist attacks outside the war zone that have happened on the Clinton – Obama watch.
And listed in that fashion it was genuinely terrifying to contemplate this list and recognize that this is the new normal if Hillary Clinton is elected President.
Beside the list of terrorist attacks Trump reviewed another list that the establishment media would like to keep off the front page; the before and after situation report on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
Let’s look back at the Middle East at the very beginning of 2009, before the Obama-Clinton Administration took over said Trump.
Libya was stable.
Syria was under control.
Egypt was ruled by a secular President and an ally of the United States.
Iraq was experiencing a reduction in violence.
The group that would become what we now call ISIS was close to being extinguished.
Iran was being choked off by economic sanctions.
Fast-forward to today. What have the decisions of Obama-Clinton produced?
Libya is in ruins, our ambassador and three other brave Americans are dead, and ISIS has gained a new base of operations.
Syria is in the midst of a disastrous civil war. ISIS controls large portions of territory. A refugee crisis now threatens Europe and the United States.
In Egypt, terrorists have gained a foothold in the Sinai desert, near the Suez Canal, one of the most essential waterways in the world.
Iraq is in chaos, and ISIS is on the loose.
ISIS has spread across the Middle East, and into the West. In 2014, ISIS was operating in some 7 nations. Today they are fully operational in 18 countries with aspiring branches in 6 more, for a total of 24 – and many believe it is even more than that. The situation is likely worse than the public knows: a new Congressional report reveals that the Administration has downplayed the growth of ISIS, with 40% of analysts saying they had experienced efforts to manipulate their findings.
At the same time, ISIS is trying to infiltrate refugee flows into Europe and the United States.
Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. Worst of all, the Nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons.
In short, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilized the Middle East, and put the nation of Iran – which chants ‘Death to America’ – in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power.
Trump’s analysis of the existential disaster for America and Western Civilization as a whole that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is spot on, but it was his analysis of what is needed to defeat it at home and abroad that was the most compelling, and underreported, part of his speech.
What Trump said about defeating ISIS was straight out of Ronald Reagan’s strategy for defeating Communism.
My Administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately.
The fight will not be limited to ISIS. We will decimate Al Qaeda, and we will seek to starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah. We can use existing UN Security Council resolutions to apply new sanctions.
Military, cyber and financial warfare will all be essential in dismantling Islamic terrorism.
But we must use ideological warfare as well
Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam.
While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by prison or death, my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith.
What Trump is saying is that, unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush he will deploy all of the elements of our national power to defeat not just ISIS and al Qaeda, but the ideology of radical Islam.
This is a profound and remarkable change from all previous administrations and one that is long overdue.
As we have been telling CHQ readers for a long time, Islam as it practiced by millions of adherents across the globe is not a religion, but a totalitarian political movement akin to Fascism, Nazism, and Communism.
When Ronald Reagan refused to accept that Communism must be accommodated he was opposed by almost the entire foreign policy establishment and many of Capitol Hill’s Republican establishment as well. Through his speech in Youngstown Donald Trump demonstrated that he understands the threat of ideological Islam in Reaganesque terms. Little wonder he is experiencing the same kind of establishment opposition.
In Youngstown Donald Trump did an exceptional job of defining the challenge of radical Islam and who is responsible of its growth. Now Trump’s job is to punch through the media filter to get out the message that Hillary Clinton is responsible for this disaster and electing her will only grow the radical Islamist threat that she has brought to our homeland.
There were many more worthwhile points in Donald Trump’s speech on defeating radical Islam and you can read the entire speech through this link.
George Rasley is editor of ConservativeHQ, a member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.