Topics in the News: Terrorism

Ted Cruz on Terrorism: (Principles & Values Jan 6, 2022)
January 6 terrorists were only those who attacked police

[On Jan. 6, 2021] the Texas senator released a statement after Congress reconvened to certify the election on Jan. 6 last year, calling the day a 'despicable act of terrorism.'

[On Jan. 6, 2022] Ted Cruz walked back his use of the word "terrorist" when describing Jan. 6. "What I was referring to are the limited number of people who engaged in violent attacks against police officers. I think you and I both agree that if you assault a police officer, you should go to jail," Cruz said. "I wasn't saying the thousands of peaceful protesters supporting Donald Trump are somehow terrorists. I wasn't saying the millions of patriots across the country supporting Trump are terrorists."

Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: FactCheck on anniversary of Jan. 6 Riot

Xi Jinping on Terrorism: (Crime Oct 25, 2021)
Use an iron fist against Uighurs, claiming Islamic terrorism

After a visit to Xinjiang in April 2014, Xi argued that Islamic extremism had infected a large swathe of Uighur society and called on party officials to chase 'violent terrorists' like rats: 'strike early, strike small, strike fast and use an iron fist to destroy [them]'.

The following month, the Xinjiang Party Committee launched a ..year-long Counterterrorism Strike Hard Campaign that has been subsequently extended. Officials seen adopting a "soft" approach in governance were promptly replaced.

Nearly a million Uighurs and other indigenous people in Xinjiang have been rounded up and interned in what Chinese authorities call "vocational education and training centres" since the spring of 2017, as part of the Re-education campaign.

"Teach like a school, manage like the military, and defend like a prison"--this has been the approach in running these centres. Detainees are held without legal recourse

Click for Xi Jinping on other issues.   Source: Times of India on Foreign Influences: "Uighur births"

Antony Blinken on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Aug 22, 2021)
Can deal with terrorist threats without boots on the ground

The threat of terrorism metastasized out of Afghanistan a long time ago. We have terrorist threats that are more acute in other places in the world. We don't have military forces on the ground. Since 9/11, our capacity to deal with terrorism effectively in places where we don't have boots on the ground has grown immensely. And we now are able to do things that we couldn't do twenty years ago. If this threat reemerges in Afghanistan, we'll deal with it.
Click for Antony Blinken on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2021 interview of Secretary of State

Nikki Haley on Terrorism: (War & Peace Aug 22, 2021)
Have to negotiate from strength, Biden surrendered

I think everybody's wanting to go back and talk about Trump. The truth is under four years of Trump Afghanistan was safe. We made sure that we kept terrorism at bay and that we came from a strength of position. What's happened in seven months of Biden is we've completely surrendered and we've humiliated ourselves in the eyes of the world. There are times where you have to negotiate with the devil, but you negotiate from a point of strength. You don't do it from a point of weakness.
Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2021 interview of former U.N. ambassador

Joe Biden on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Apr 28, 2021)
Most lethal terrorist threat: white supremacist terrorism

In 20 years, terrorism has metastasized. The threat has evolved way beyond Afghanistan. We have to remain vigilant against the threats to the United States wherever they come from. Al-Qaida and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, other places in Africa, in the Middle East and beyond. And we won't ignore what our intelligence agency has determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: white supremacy's terrorism.
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Joe Biden on Terrorism: (War & Peace Apr 14, 2021)
Final withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021

PROMISE MADE:(CNN Town Hall 2020 drive-in, Sep 17, 2020): I was opposed to the significant increase in our presence, at the time [of Obama's "surge"], in Afghanistan, and because I thought the only presence we should have is a counterterrorism presence, not a counterinsurgency presence.

PROMISE KEPT: (Reuters, April 14, 2021): Biden plans to announce at the White House that all U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn no later than Sept. 11, senior U.S. officials said. The Democratic president had faced a May 1 withdrawal deadline, set by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, who tried but failed to pull the troops out before he left office. Biden's decision will keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan pas

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Alejandro Mayorkas on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Mar 21, 2021)
Domestic violent extremism greatest terrorism-related threat

We are very focused on domestic violent extremism. It is the single greatest terrorism-related threat that we face in our homeland. We are focused on gathering intelligence and information and sharing it in actionable form with our state, local, tribal and territorial partners. We are working with the office of civil rights and civil liberties in addressing the challenges with the social media companies to stop the violence that is born of ideologies of hate.
Click for Alejandro Mayorkas on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week interview : 2021 Biden Administration

Alejandro Mayorkas on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Feb 6, 2021)
One of the greatest threats we face is domestic terrorism

On QAnon invasion of the Capitol: "To see the insurrection, to see the horrific acts of Jan. 6 were not only personally devastating, but ... that created in me a commitment to redouble our efforts to fight hate and to fight one of the greatest threats that we face currently on our homeland, which is the threat of domestic terrorism," Mayorkas told CNN.
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Janet Yellen on Terrorism: (Technology Jan 17, 2021)
Cryptocurrencies used by drug traffickers, terrorists

Yellen has called the "misuse" of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin "a growing problem." Yellen told the Treasury's financial sector innovation policy roundtable "the misuse of cryptocurrencies and virtual assets is a growing problem." She added: "I see the promise of these new technologies, but I also see the reality: cryptocurrencies have been used to launder the profits of online drug traffickers; they've been a tool to finance terrorism."
Click for Janet Yellen on other issues.   Source: Business Insider on 2021 Biden Administration

Joe Biden on Terrorism: (War & Peace Sep 17, 2020)
Support Afghan counter-terrorism; oppose counter-insurgency

Q: Will you end our military involvement in these unnecessary, endless wars that don't have any end in sight?

BIDEN: Yes, I would. It's now public knowledge: I was opposed to the significant increase in our presence, at the time [of Obama's "surge"], in Afghanistan, and because I thought the only presence we should have is a counterterrorism presence, not a counterinsurgency presence. The idea that we're ever going to break up the counterinsurgency network in Western Pakistan is just not going to happen. But we have to be in a position where we can make it clear that if need be, we could respond to terrorist activities coming out of that region, directed toward the United States. It does not require a large force presence. We got that presence down to lower than it is now. This President is the one that has increased the number, not reduced the number.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 drive-in with Anderson Cooper

Mike Bloomberg on Terrorism: (War & Peace Feb 25, 2020)
Keep troops in places abroad where terrorists congregate

Q: Would you pull all combat troops out of the Middle East?

BLOOMBERG: No. You want to cut it back as much as you can, but I think, if we learned something from 9/11, people plan things overseas and execute them here. We have to be able to stop terrorism. And there's no guarantees that you're going to be able to do it, but we have to have some troops in places where terrorists congregate, and to not do so is just irresponsible. We shouldn't be fighting wars that we can't win. We should go to war only as a last resort. Nobody argues with that. But this is a dangerous world. And if we haven't learnt that after 9/11, I don't know what's going to teach us what to.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary

Joe Biden on Terrorism: (War & Peace Feb 7, 2020)
Only deal with terrorism in Afghanistan, not nation-building

And with regard Afghanistan, the only thing we should be doing is dealing with terrorism in that region. I've been in every part of Afghanistan. Here's what I saw, there is no possibility of uniting that country, no possibility at all of making it a whole country. But it is possible to see to it that they're not able to launch more attacks from the region on the United States of America. That's a small footprint that we needed and I argued for that in the beginning.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate, St. Anselm College in NH

Mike Bloomberg on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Dec 24, 2019)
Expanded surveillance kept NYC safe from terrorists

On counterterrorism: Bloomberg touts his mayoral record, crediting his counterterrorism policies with keeping New York City safe from terrorist attacks. His expanded surveillance measures and other efforts sparked debate over how to balance security with civil liberties.

His administration's approach to counterterrorism was controversial, with his increased surveillance measures drawing criticism for relying on racial and religious profiling and violating civil liberties. In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, he argued that "our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change" to accommodate increased surveillance and other restrictions necessary to ensure public safety.

He argues that technology companies should be required to cooperate with government investigations by sharing customer data.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary

Deval Patrick on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Dec 24, 2019)
Don't cast anti-terror policies on any one group

Patrick has released no policy proposals on his counterterrorism approach, but he points to his experience responding to the 2013 terror attack in Boston. In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Patrick warned against anti-terror efforts that cast suspicion on any particular group of people.

Patrick, who weathered criticism over his decision to shut down Boston's public services and bring in National Guard troops during the attacks, also argued that law enforcement must use their surveillance power prudently and that a mentality of "permanent lockdown" must be avoided to preserve American liberties.

Click for Deval Patrick on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary

Joe Walsh on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Dec 24, 2019)
Take seriously the dangers of Islamic terrorism

While Walsh has taken few stances on counterterrorism policy, he has spoken often of the dangers of Islamic terrorism, which he feels policymakers have not taken seriously enough.

Walsh previously accused the Barack Obama administration of skewing intelligence to downplay the threat posed by terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

He has opposed readmitting into the United States former citizens who renounced their citizenship to join terrorist groups.

Click for Joe Walsh on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Andrew Yang on Terrorism: (Gun Control Nov 20, 2019)
Helping young males find their path will reduce gun violence

Q: What would you do about white supremacist violence?

YANG: First, we have to designate white supremacist terrorism as domestic terrorism so the Department of Justice can measure it. We have to create paths forward for men who are falling through the cracks. When you look at gun violence, 96 percent-plus of the shooters are boys and young men. We have to find ways to turn our boys into healthy, strong young men who do not hate, but instead feel like they have paths forward in today's economy.

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Tom Steyer on Terrorism: (Crime Nov 7, 2019)
Focus on white supremacist violence as domestic terrorism

Extremism has been present in America for decades and sadly is on the rise because we have a racist white nationalist in the White House. Donald Trump's rhetoric has radicalized his base and inspired a wave of violence. As president, I will direct more resources to monitor, investigate, and prosecute incidents of white supremacist violence and those who incite them as acts of domestic terrorism.
Click for Tom Steyer on other issues.   Source: USA Today on 2019 Democratic primary

Andrew Yang on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Nov 7, 2019)
Make domestic terrorism a primary focus of FBI, DHS, DOJ

Andrew would improve political rhetoric by refusing to use inflammatory language, create a federal domestic terrorism statute, enforce that law and study the rise of extremism through the FBI, DHS, and DOJ. He would direct these agencies to view domestic terrorism as a primary focus, and work with allies abroad to combat the rise of extremism.
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Elizabeth Warren on Terrorism: (War & Peace Sep 12, 2019)
No one can describe what winning looks like in Afghanistan

Q: How do we exit Afghanistan, which you suggest?

WARREN: We're not going to bomb our way to a solution in Afghanistan. We need to treat the problem of terrorism as a worldwide problem, and that means we need to be working with all of our allies, our European allies, our Canadian allies, our Asian allies, our allies in Africa and in South America. We need to work together to root out terrorism.

Q: U.S. military leaders on the ground in Afghanistan say you can't do it without a deal with the Taliban. You said you would bring them home [without that].

WARREN: I was in Afghanistan with John McCain two years ago this past summer. We asked, "Show me what winning looks like." And what you hear is a lot of, "Uh," because no one can describe it. And the reason no one can describe it is because the problems in Afghanistan are not problems that can be solved by a military. The military will do anything we ask them to do. But we cannot ask them to solve problems that they alone cannot solve.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Pete Buttigieg on Terrorism: (War & Peace Aug 18, 2019)
Make sure we have right kind of settlement in Afghanistan

Are we going to leave well, or are we going to leave poorly? To do it right, we need to make sure we get basic assurances about counterterrorism, and that the Afghan government is on the table, so that there's a formula for stability. We have leverage in this conversation. It is in the interest of even the Taliban to make sure that we have the right kind of political settlement. But there has to be an actual strategy. It has to be driven by our ability to get a deal that makes sense.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: CNN State of the Union interview for 2019 Democratic primary

Kirsten Gillibrand on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Aug 11, 2019)
White supremacists are domestic terrorists

Q: Do you support making domestic terrorism a federal crime?

GILLIBRAND: Absolutely. And as President I would direct my Department of Justice to investigate white supremacy and other domestic terrorist groups to infiltrate them, to make sure we know if they're planning attacks, and to absolutely combat white supremacy in society because these groups are domestic terrorists.

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation interview for Democratic 2020 Veepstakes

Cory Booker on Terrorism: (War & Peace Jul 31, 2019)
No military action by Tweet; out of Afghanistan later

I will not do foreign policy by tweet. A guy that literally tweets that we're pulling our troops out before his generals even know is creating a dangerous situation in places like Afghanistan. I will bring our troops home as quickly as possible, but I will not set an artificial deadline. I will make sure we do it safely, to not create a vacuum that's going to destabilize the Middle East and perhaps create the environment for terrorism and extremism to threaten our nation.
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

Elizabeth Warren on Terrorism: (Civil Rights Jul 30, 2019)
White supremacist racism is domestic terrorism

Q: How are you going to combat the rise of white supremacy?

WARREN: We need to call out white supremacy for what it is: domestic terrorism. And it poses a threat to the United States of America. We live in a country now where the president is advancing environmental racism, economic racism, criminal justice racism, health care racism. The way we do better is to fight back and show something better.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)

Pete Buttigieg on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Jul 30, 2019)
Accept both cooperation and conflict with China

Beijing seems committed to consolidating authoritarian capitalism as an alternative to the democratic capitalism embraced by the United States and its allies. Where necessary, we should seek cooperation with Beijing, such as in addressing climate disruption, maintaining strategic stability, combatting terrorism, and managing conflict. But the United States must defend our fundamental values, core interests, and critical alliances, and accept that this will often entail friction with China.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary

Seth Moulton on Terrorism: (War & Peace Jul 30, 2019)
Work to be done in Afghanistan after bringing troops home

The goal is to bring our troops home from Afghanistan but when we do, to bring them home for good. That means keeping enough troops there long enough to execute on a narrowly defined, achievable counterterrorism mission. We should do this by maintaining our counterterrorism capabilities, increasing our civilian support for the Afghan government through diplomacy and development, and staying engaged in the ongoing train and equip mission for the Afghan military as required.
Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary

Joe Biden on Terrorism: (War & Peace Jun 27, 2019)
I got 150,000 troops out of Iraq; do same in Afghanistan

Q: You voted for the Iraq war. You have said you regret that vote. Why should voters trust your judgment when it comes to making a decision about war the next time?

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I was responsible for getting 150,000 combat troops out of Iraq, and my son was one of them. I also think we should not have combat troops in Afghanistan. It's long overdue. It should end. We cannot go it alone in terms of dealing with terrorism. I would eliminate the act that allowed us to go into war. That's why we have to repair our alliances. We put together 65 countries to make sure we dealt with ISIS in Iraq and other places. That's what I would do. That's what I have done.

Sen. Bernie SANDERS: Joe voted for that war;I helped lead the oppositio

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Mike Pence on Terrorism: (War & Peace Jun 23, 2019)
Iran will not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons

The president's message to Iran is very clear, that we're not going to allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and we're not going to stand by while Iran continues to sow malign influence across the region. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: CNN State of the Union 2019 interview

Steve Bullock on Terrorism: (Crime Jun 18, 2019)
Keep death penalty for circumstances like terrorism

Bullock said he supported the death penalty "in limited circumstances."

Q: Do you support or oppose the death penalty?

A: "I wouldn't take it off the table for the most extreme circumstances, like terrorism."

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY

Kirsten Gillibrand on Terrorism: (Immigration Jun 2, 2019)
We need a humane asylum application process

Ms. Gillibrand called Mr. Trump's immigration policies -- including his separation of families and rejection of asylum seekers -- counterproductive. "We need to be able to fund the part of Homeland Security that's focused on antiterrorism, cross-border crime, anti-gun trafficking, anti-human trafficking and anti-drug trafficking," she said. "The funds that would normally go to fund those operations under ICE and under Homeland Security have been taken away, and they've been placed into other efforts, particularly for-profit prisons that are locking up mothers and children."

She called for a "humane" asylum application process, for immigration judges to be independent from the attorney general's office, and for "comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship."

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: New York Times on 2019-2020 Fox News Town Halls

Kirsten Gillibrand on Terrorism: (Immigration May 19, 2019)
For border security, but don't harm asylum seekers

I would fund the border security measures that are anti-terrorism, anti-human trafficking, anti-drug trafficking, and anti-gun trafficking and I would defund these for-profit prison systems that are harming children and harming families who are seeking our asylum. If someone is seeking asylum, I would assign them a lawyer. They don't need to be incarcerated. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice.
Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2019 interviews of presidential hopefuls

Kirsten Gillibrand on Terrorism: (Immigration May 7, 2019)
Split up functions of ICE

Supports comprehensive immigration reform--has suggested eliminating and reimagining ICE.

"The part of ICE that's gonna survive under Homeland Security is the cross border terrorism, human trafficking, gun trafficking, and drug trafficking," she said. She said the resulting organization should be fully funded under a new name, and the "enforcement and removal" functions of ICE would become responsibilities of the Justice Department.

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: "What you need to know about 2020"

Pete Buttigieg on Terrorism: (Homeland Security May 2, 2019)
More years of executive & military experience than most

Pete has more years of government experience than the president, more years of executive government experience than the vice president, and more military experience than anybody to walk into the Oval Office since President George H. W. Bush. Pete served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took an unpaid seven-month leave during his mayoral term to deploy to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website

Marianne Williamson on Terrorism: (Civil Rights Apr 14, 2019)
Reparations are an appropriate response to country's history

I don't believe that the average American is a racist. I do believe that the average American is vastly undereducated about the history of race in the United States. Remember, that two-and-a-half centuries of slavery was followed by a hundred years of what today we would call domestic terrorism. What do you call lynchings if not domestic terrorism? This country will not heal until we take a serious moral inventory. Racism is a character defect. Whatever it costs, it's time to do this.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 Democratic primary

Kamala Harris on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Apr 5, 2019)
Domestic terrorism as national security priority

Harris pledged to double the size of the civil rights division of the Justice Department: "Justice means recognizing domestic terrorism, including white nationalist extremism," which Harris said "should be considered a national security priority."
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: CNBC: 2019 National Action Network & 2020 Democratic primary

Julian Castro on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Feb 15, 2019)
Supported military expansion into cybersecurity

By 2011 the military's economic impact in the city was measured at $27.7 billion, larger than any other sector. After the US Cyber Command announced plans in 2009 to hire one thousand cyber experts, Castro co-signed a letter asking for them to be headquartered in the city. "San Antonio is producing the brainpower in the twenty-first century to defend our nation," he told a cybersecurity conference held by the St. Mary's University Center for Terrorism Law.
Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 Democratic primary contenders

Kamala Harris on Terrorism: (Energy & Oil Jan 8, 2019)
Climate change is a national security threat to America

When you speak to experts on international conflicts, you will find that they look at climate change as a national security threat--a "threat multiplier" that will exacerbate poverty and political instability, creating conditions that enable violence, despair, even terrorism. An unstable, erratic climate will beget an unstable, erratic world.

For example, climate change will lead to droughts. Droughts will lead to famine. Famine will drive desperate people to leave their homes in search of sustenance. Massive flows of displaced people will lead to refugee crises. Refugee crisis will lead to tension and instability across borders.

The hard truth is that climate change is going to cause terrible instability and desperation, and that will put American national security at risk. That's why as part of President Obama's national security strategy, climate change was identified as a national security threat of the highest priority.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.244-5

Joe Biden on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Aug 2, 2018)
1991: Favors government "back doors" into encryption

In 1991, Biden introduced two bills aimed at curbing terrorism and crime respectively, both of which featured language mandating that tech companies create "back doors" in their products for law enforcement to snoop through. Biden tried to water down encryption again three years later with a successful bill that expanded federal wiretap powers, but privacy advocates managed to remove this and other provisions from the bill before it passed.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Kirsten Gillibrand on Terrorism: (Immigration Jul 31, 2018)
Get rid of ICE; separate anti-terrorism from border control

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently joined a growing number of Democrats who say they should get rid the agency when they take back control of the House and the Senate after the midterms.

"I think we should get rid of ICE," she said. "We should separate out two missions and do the anti-terrorism mission, the national security mission, and then on the other side, make sure you're doing-- looking at immigration as a humanitarian issue. These are civil issues."

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: Independent Journal Review on 2018 New York Senate race

John Kasich on Terrorism: (War & Peace Jun 6, 2018)
War on terror should focus on threats to US homeland

After 17 years, the war on terrorism has become a series of open-ended commitments. In Afghanistan, Pres. Obama put in place a series of half measures, and Pres. Trump sent additional troops into a conflict that cannot be resolved militarily. Both presidents' decisions were mistakes. We must now look instead to diplomacy to negotiate a sustainable US exit.

Regarding ISIS, in Syria and Iraq, the terrorists' strongholds have been all but eliminated. The only remaining core US interest at stake is preventing ISIS from using those countries to mount future attacks against us.

Going forward, we need to be much more careful and focused about how we fight terrorism. We have to develop better criteria for when to intervene abroad. In particular, we should restrict our major counterterrorism efforts to instances in which our homeland is directly at risk. When it is not, we should avoid getting embroiled in civil wars and instead use diplomacy to rally international partners to assume the lead.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Kasich column in Foreign Affairs: 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Bernie Sanders on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Sep 21, 2017)
Global War on Terror has undermined our moral standards

Terrorism is a very real threat, as we learned so tragically on September 11, 2001, and many other countries knew already too well. But as an organizing framework, the Global War on Terror has been a disaster for the American people and for American leadership. Orienting US national security strategy around terrorism essentially allowed a few thousand violent extremists to dictate policy for the most powerful nation on earth. It responds to terrorists by giving them exactly what they want.

In addition to draining our resources and distorting our vision, the war on terror has caused us to undermine our own moral standards regarding torture, indefinite detention, and the use of force around the world, using drone strikes and other airstrikes that often result in high civilian casualties.

A heavy-handed military approach, with little transparency or accountability, doesn't enhance our security. It makes the problem worse.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Westminster College speech in Where We Go From Here, p.105-6

Tulsi Gabbard on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy May 27, 2017)
Supports Egyptian dictator in fight against terrorism

In November 2015, she traveled to Egypt as part of a congressional delegation and met Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. "President el-Sisi has shown great courage and leadership in taking on this extreme Islamist ideology, while also fighting against ISIS militarily to keep them from gaining a foothold in Egypt," Gabbard said, urging US political leaders to "recognize President el-Sisi and his leadership" and "stand with him in this fight against Islamic extremists."
Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: Jacobin Mag., "Not your friend": 2020 presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Apr 13, 2017)
I said it was obsolete, but NATO is no longer obsolete

As a candidate, President Trump disparaged NATO as a musty relic of old thinking, an alliance focused on long-gone adversaries rather than new-era threats, a burden that drained American resources on behalf of ungrateful partners. In a word: "obsolete."

That was then. After 82 days in office, Trump officially pronounced NATO rehabilitated, taking credit for transforming it into a modern, cost-sharing, terrorism-fighting pillar of American and European security. "I said it was obsolete," the president noted as he hosted NATO's secretary general. "It's no longer obsolete."

Never mind that the alliance has changed very little if at all in the last three months, and that whatever modest changes have been made were in train long before Trump entered the White House. After weeks of being lobbied, cajoled and educated by the leaders of Britain and Germany, not to mention "my generals," as he likes to call his national security team, Trump has found fresh virtue in a venerable organization.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: New York Times on Trump Administration promises

Donald Trump on Terrorism: (Homeland Security Feb 28, 2017)
Cannot allow beachhead of radical Islamic terrorism

Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States. We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.

The vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home. We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.

It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America--we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists. That is why my Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our Nation safe--and to keep out those who would do us harm.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2017 State of the Union address to Congress

Mike Pence on Terrorism: (Immigration Feb 5, 2017)
Muslim-country ban has solid constitutional foundation

Q: A federal judge has now blocked the executive order on immigration. Is it time to start over?

PENCE: It is not time to start over at all. During the course of the campaign and since the outset of this administration, President Trump has made it clear he is going to use his authority as president under the law to put the safety and security of the American people first, especially when it comes to protecting this country from the threat that radical Islamic terrorism poses. The executive order is on a solid constitutional and statutory foundation. One court in Boston confirmed that. Another court in Washington came to a different decision. But we are very confident that, as we move through the process of these appeals, that the president's authority in this area will be upheld. In this case, the president used a list the Obama administration and the Congress identified of seven countries compromised by terrorism. It is within his authority to do it.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017 interview by John Dickerson

Mike Pence on Terrorism: (Immigration Feb 5, 2017)
Obama certified 7 Muslim countries compromised by terrorism

Q: Is it time to say about the controversial travel ban from 7 Muslim countries, "Rescind the order. Go through Congress"?

PENCE: Pres. Trump has made it clear he's going to put the safety and security of the American people first. And using a list of countries that the Obama administration and the Congress have certified were compromised by terrorist influence, seven different countries, is consistent with the President's commitment to do just that.

Q: But on this travel ban, no Egypt, no Saudi Arabia. No Pakistan, no Afghanistan. Why weren't those countries included? Because you wanted that Obama talking point.

PENCE: Well, no. It was done because both the Congress and the prior administration identified seven countries, one in Syria, torn asunder by civil war, and the other six--these are countries that do not have the internal systems in place so that we can be confident today that, when people present themselves for access to the United States, that they are who they say they are.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2017 interview by Chuck Todd

Tulsi Gabbard on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Jan 31, 2017)
U.S. should focus on fighting terrorism, not regime change

Gabbard has long advocated that the U.S. should focus its efforts in Syria on Islamist groups instead of ousting Assad. She introduced legislation that would bar the U.S. government from supporting groups allied with or supporting terrorist organizations, some of which are fighting against the Assad regime. Her views on Syria appear to align more closely with those of President Trump, who says the U.S. should focus its efforts on defeating ISIS.
Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: The Atlantic, "Gabbard to Syria": 2020 presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Jan 20, 2017)
Unite civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones--and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, "how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity." We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action--constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2017 Trump Inaugural address at presidential Inauguration

Donald Trump on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Jan 15, 2017)
NATO is obsolete; it doesn't fight terrorism

In an interview published this week, President-elect Donald J. Trump described NATO as "obsolete." Trump has made similar comments before. But the fact that he made them in a joint interview with two European publications--The Times of London and Bild, a German newspaper--and did so days before assuming the presidency alarmed European diplomats.

"I took such heat when I said NATO was obsolete," Mr. Trump said. "It's obsolete because it wasn't taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying, 'Trump is right.'"

During his hourlong interview with the European publications at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump sought to temper some of his criticism of NATO by noting that the alliance "is very important to me." Still, his characterization of it as divorced from the fight against terrorism was challenged by NATO experts, who noted that the alliance had joined the US in Afghanistan.

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Mike Pence on Terrorism: (Immigration Jan 15, 2017)
Immigrant ban focuses on safety of Americans, not niceties

Q: President Trump's immigration ban was overturned by a federal judge, whom Trump described as a "so-called judge."

PENCE: The administration is complying with that order, and we'll go through the process in the courts to implement this action that is entirely focused on the safety and security of the American people. The Obama administration identified these seven countries repeatedly as compromised by terrorism. And so by putting a pause in for all these countries, we can assure that anyone that's coming here doesn't represent a threat to our families and our communities.

Q: There's been a chorus of criticism of this ban. Could it have been done better?

PENCE: I think the early days of this administration are going to be described in the history books as days of action. The American people welcome the decisiveness that President Trump has shown on this issue, putting the safety and secretary of the American people above the niceties of communicating with people in Washington.

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Mike Pence on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Oct 4, 2016)
Trump for extreme vetting of immigrants and no Syrians

Q: Does the Trump/Pence campaign call for barring Syrian refugees?

A: Trump has called for extreme vetting for people coming into this country so that we don't bring people into the United States who are hostile to the American way life. Donald Trump and I are committed to suspending the Syrian refugee program and programs and immigration from areas of the world that have been compromised by terrorism.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University

Hillary Clinton on Terrorism: (War & Peace Sep 26, 2016)
Work with allies around the world to fight homegrown terror

Q: Tell us specifically how you would prevent homegrown attacks by American citizens. A: We've got to have an intelligence surge, where we are looking for every scrap of information. So we've got to do everything we can to vacuum up intelligence from Europe, from the Middle East. That means we've got to work more closely with our allies, and that's something that [Trump] has been very dismissive of. We're working with NATO to really turn our attention to terrorism. We're working with our friends in the Middle East, many of which, as you know, are Muslim majority nations. [Trump] has consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home, when we need to be cooperating with Muslim nations and with the American Muslim community. They're on the front lines. They can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. They need to have close working cooperation with law enforcement in these communities, not be alienated & pushed away as some of [Trump's] rhetoric, unfortunately, has led to.
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Cory Booker on Terrorism: (Foreign Policy Jul 3, 2016)
Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries

Q: How would Hillary Clinton's response to terrorism be different from that of President Obama?

BOOKER: Well, she is not running against President Obama. She is running against Donald Trump. And we know already what Donald Trump has said he was going to do, which is undermine key alliances like the NATO alliance which helps us to protect not only our country, but really fight against the war on terror. He wants to go against Muslims and denigrate relationships with Muslim countries, which include countries like Turkey. And already leaders there are worried about Trump. He wants to go back to doing things that are outrageous, like saying, "hey, we're going to go after the families of terrorists; we're going to bring batch torture." Donald Trump is dangerous and would make this world a far more dangerous place. In fact, he would undermine many of the things that are in place right now that would make us a much safer country.

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Cory Booker on Terrorism: (Gun Control Jun 20, 2016)
Prohibit firearms to suspected terrorists

Sen. Booker co-sponsored S. Amdt 4720 to H.R.2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science, & Related Agencies Appropriations Act> The amendment died in the U.S. Senate on June 20, 2016. Congressional Summary: