Have you been marking your calendar? Chinese New Year…Mardi Gras…Ash Wednesday…the Countering Violent Extremism summit!
On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris. This summit will build on the strategy the White House released in August of 2011, Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, the first national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically.
Mock if you like, but I have my own copy, autographed by Janet Napolitano. Cost a pretty penny on eBay.
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts rely heavily on well-informed and resilient local communities. Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken the lead in building pilot frameworks integrating a range of social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders, with law enforcement agencies to address violent extremism as part of the broader mandate of community safety and crime prevention. The summit will highlight best practices and emerging efforts from these communities.
While it’s true Boston hasn’t had a violent extremist incident since the marathon (and 9/11 before that), I don’t think it’s due to “social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders”. Law enforcement agencies, yes; but the rest? Social service providers didn’t nab the Tsarnaev brothers; good detective work did.
But Obama’s on a roll:
The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community.
He was just golfing two days ago on the private golf course of Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle. Did he ask for some advice on counterterrorism?
Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.
Doing for national security what he did for jobs, if that doesn’t scare you. Where did this idiot get his obsession with “presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions”? It sounds like kindergarten (in all ways).
And then there’s this:
Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
“Legitimate grievances”? WTF?
Have you heard ISIS—sorry, ISIL—talk about “economic, educational and entrepreneurial development” as they saw off Christian heads or set captives afire?
We live in a dangerous world in which ayatollahs, czars, and dynasts flex their muscles with impunity. And this guy talks about legitimate grievances and panel discussions. We are so screwed.