Two days ago the U.S. Senate voted to oppose U.S. military withdrawals from Syria in direct opposition to President Trump’s desire to bring American military forces home.
Which position makes more sense and which is better for America’s national security?
Understanding the Threat (UTT) asserts it does not matter.
President Trump recently tweeted: “Now ISIS is largely defeated.” This may or may not be true but, again, UTT asserts this is irrelevant.
U.S. forces can kill every Islamic State fighter, yet the Global Jihad will continue.
American national security leaders focus only on groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda while ignoring the much broader Islamic Movement because there is a fundamental misunderstanding of this threat.
Since 9/11/01 the United States government has, in direct contradiction of U.S. war-fighting doctrine, failed to identify the enemy in wars which continue in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.
A war cannot be won if the enemy is not identified. Therefore, any action taken might have some impact in the short-term, but can never lead to strategic victory.
All of the Islamic terrorists who have plotted or conducted attacks inside the U.S. identify themselves as “muslims waging jihad in the cause of Allah to establish an Islamic State under sharia (Islamic Law).”
From 9/11 to the recent rock/knife attack on a sheriff’s deputy in Phoenix, Arizona, the objective is universal.
The Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Islamic Jihad, Abu Sayyaf, Hamas, Hizbollah, and all violent jihadi groups openly say their objective is an Islamic State under sharia.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Tabligi Jamaat, the Deobandi Movement, Jamaat e Islami, and all of the jihadi organizations waging Civilization Jihad openly state their objective is an Islamic State under sharia.
Every Islamic nation on earth – all 57 member of the Organisation (sic) of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – state in the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam that sharia is the Islamic world’s only reference for understanding “human rights.”
The most widely used text books in U.S. Islamic elementary and junior high schools teach what Al Qaeda and the Islamic State teach are the duties of muslims and requirements in Islam, and Al Azhar, the highest school of Islamic jurisprudence in the world, agrees
Therefore, according to the nations, groups and individuals attacking the non-muslim world and working to undermine liberty and non-Islamic governments, the threat is Islam and the enemy threat doctrine is sharia.
So long as the United States fails to professionally analyze the threat and create strategies to defeat the threat, any action taken may or may not be tactically effective, but it will never lead to victory in the global strategic war against this Islamic threat.
As UTT’s former Vice President Chris Gaubatz, who served undercover inside Hamas in the U.S. in 2008 (doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR), testified in 2016 before Senator Cruz’s hearing: “Until American leaders and national security professionals identify the threat (sharia) and formulate policies and strategies that address adherents to this ideology we will continue on our current path of defeat and eventually lose this war here at home as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan.”