Whatever Happened to Naming the Enemy?

Breitbart reporter Aaron Klein has observed that, during events yesterday marking the jihadist attacks of September 11, 2001, President Trump and three of his senior subordinates failed to name the perpetrators. Instead, they used euphemisms like “terrorists,” “barbaric forces of evil and destruction,” and “horrible, horrible enemies…like we have never seen before.”

Now, if this were either of the other two post-9/11 administrations, such deflections would be standard operating procedure. But this is the presidency of Donald Trump – a man who savaged his predecessors for their failure to acknowledge we confront “radical Islamic terrorism” – and promising that he would.

If Mr. Trump’s base is to avoid the conclusion that they have been subjected to a colossal bait-and-switch, preventing the defeat our bonafide Sharia-supremacist foes, he must – for starters – repudiate Defense Secretary Mattis’ absurd assertion we confront “maniacs disguised in false religious garb.”

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.