Friday, March 25, 2016

Attacks Dominate the News: Hillary Clinton Focuses on the Important Ones

The only two people not remaining mindful of the Brussels attacks, the ongoing police activities, and the implications for homeland security here in this country are two of the candidates campaigning to lead us.  This should be cause for pause and reflection on the part of anyone considering voting for them.

After rattling off, in the wake of the attacks, their slash-and-burn plans for defeating ISIS, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz moved on to occupy themselves with attacks that seem, to them, to be much more crucial: personal accusations that have made their way to tabloids.

Cruz accuses Trump of planting National Enquirer story alleging affairs

Trump hits back: 'I had absolutely nothing to do with it.'

To hear Ted Cruz today, the rhetoric of outrage and  indignity indeed would be appropriate to a terrorist attack - a level we did not hear from Cruz after the actual bombings.  Trump's responses about not knowing are equally disconcerting.

Someone should do a corpus search of his speeches, interviews, and press conferences for [negatives+know].  It appears Donald Trump knows nothing about anything and represents an unfortunate throwback to the Know Nothings of the 1840s and 50s who sought immigration abatement.  Why would anyone vote for that?

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile has delivered a major address and held a round table on homeland security in the days since the attacks while the two top Republican guys squabble about personal jabs and tabloid scandals of questionable sourcing.

Can you imagine what Hillary's campaign would look like if she concerned herself with tabloid stories?  Can you fathom what critics would be saying about her?

Hillary soldiers on with a real and doable plan to protect us all and keep us safe from true danger and terror.  Hillary's story is not among the headers on The Nightly News this evening.  The Trump-Cruz story is.  What a sad testament to the duty of the press to inform voters.

Here is Hillary Clinton's response to the true outrage of the week.

Hillary Clinton has a real plan to defeat ISIS and prevent another attack like Brussels. Here’s how.

Mar 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Chan
“If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin.”
Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels were a horrifying reminder that the fight against ISIS and radical jihadist terrorism is far from over. Keeping us safe at home and defeating ISIS and global terrorism abroad are going to be some of the biggest challenges facing our next Commander-in-Chief. And that’s why we need to elect a president who’s prepared to do all parts of the job from day one.
Hillary Clinton responded to the Brussels attack, explaining her plan to defeat ISIS and the global terrorist movement, and sharing her vision for the role that America and our allies must play in the fight against terrorism around the world. Here’s what you need to know (and you can read her full remarks here).

1. The threat of terrorism knows no borders—and we aren’t going to stop it with a wall.

In the past year alone, terrorists have attacked transportation hubs in Brussels, a nightclub and restaurants in Paris, a office holiday party in San Bernardino, a hotel in West Africa, a beach resort in Tunisia, a market in Lebanon, a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai—and too many other places. The threat of terrorism in the 21st century is real, urgent, and borderless.
As Hillary said, “Walls won’t protect us from this threat. We can’t contain ISIS—we must defeat ISIS.”

2. ISIS and terrorist groups like them are constantly adapting and operating across multiple spaces, so our response needs to be just as nimble and far-reaching.

Today, ISIS controls a sizable (yet shrinking) territory in Iraq and Syria—but it also leads a wider network that reaches across the Middle East and North Africa and into Europe, Asia, and North America and includes other terrorist groups. To win the war against global terrorism, Hillary argued that we have to do battle on each of these fronts.
And she has a plan to do that:
Hillary for America

Hillary’s plan calls for taking out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria by intensifying the current air campaign, stepping up support for local forces on the ground, and pursuing a diplomatic strategy to resolve Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias—both of which have contributed to the rise of ISIS.
But we also have to dismantle the global terror network that supplies money, arms, propaganda, and fighters. That doesn’t just mean going after enablers who help jihadist terrorists with things like travel and document forgery—it also means denying them virtual territory by discrediting their ideology online and stopping their digital recruitment strategies.
And hardening our defenses and building our resilience at home will help us discover and disrupt plots before they’re carried out. That requires an intelligence surge, including partnering with Silicon Valley to track and analyze ISIS’s social media posts and map jihadist networks online. As Hillary said, “The tech community and the government have to stop seeing each other as adversaries and start working together to protect our safety and our privacy.”

3. Our alliances have been core pillars of American power for decades. They should be reinforced, not abandoned.

America’s alliances make us stronger. Hillary argued that turning our back on our European allies who are on the front lines of the war on terror would be dangerous and foolish, and it would send the wrong signal to our friends and our foes. “Putin already hopes to divide Europe,” Hilary said. “If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin. It will make America less safe and the world more dangerous.”
What Republicans like Trump don’t understand is that we need Europe. We need European intelligence and diplomacy, European banks fighting terrorist financing, European aircraft flying missions in the Middle East, and European special forces helping train and equip local forces fighting ISIS.
In fact, we need Europe to do more—and that’s why Hillary called on our European partners to take more steps to stop the flow of foreign fighters to and from the Middle East. Knowing the identities of every fighter with a European passport who makes the trip, revoking passports and visas, and sharing information in real time is essential in this fight. So is a commitment by countries like Belgium to identify and invest in the neighborhoods, prisons, and schools where terrorist recruitment happens.

4. Despite what Republican candidates for president say, we need to rely on what actually works—not on what makes a catchy sound bite or riles up the base.

Take it from our nation’s former chief diplomat: Bluster doesn’t work—we can’t just “carpet bomb” populated areas “into oblivion,” as Ted Cruz has suggested. Bigotry is also an unacceptable response: Hillary pointed out that it’s just as dangerous to promote offensive, inflammatory rhetoric that demonizes all Muslims—the very people who are most likely to recognize the warning signs of radicalization before it’s too late and who are in the best position to block it. And torture—a tactic promoted by Donald Trump—puts our troops and civilians at greater risk. That’s why Hillary pledged that if she’s elected president, she will never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.
So what does work? Smart, strong, steady leadership from the United States. As Hillary said, “No other country can rally allies and partners to defeat ISIS and win the generational struggle against radical jihadist terrorism. Only the United States can mobilize common action on a global scale in defense of our peoples and our values. And that’s exactly what we need to do.”
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Voters need to ask themselves which type of attacks are personal to them: the verbal kind that target individuals related to a campaign or the ballistic kind that killed Americans and others in Brussels this week.

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