Obama Administration Looks for ‘Root Causes’ of Terrorism

Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Speaking at the Center for a New American Security’s annual Washington policy conference, Michele Flournoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy (and CNAS co-founder), made some news: The Obama administration is taking a new look at just why it is that the U.S. faces a challenge from terrorism.

“We are in the midst of re-thinking and re-drafting our counterterrorism strategy,” Flournoy said in response to an audience question. “And one of the discussions we’re having in that context is what are the root causes of extremism, and what are the historical conditions that gave rise to this. How do we understand the cycle of radicalization?” She anticipated work continuing on that study for “the next several months.” So much for “the terrorists hate us for our freedom.”

Consider it tomorrow’s political headache today. Led by counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, the administration has aggressively denied any linkage between al-Qaeda-like extremism and Islam, out of a stated desire to prevent playing into the terrorist group’s rhetorical frame. It’s earned Obama scorn from the right. So will any effort in the forthcoming strategy document to say that U.S. policy has any role, however inadvertent, in contributing to radicalization — despite reams of evidence indicating that to be the case.

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Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 5:44 am

The root cause is creation of ISRAEL in 1948 and presence of foreign troops in Arab lands even after GULF war is over…..So no need to analyse it because u Americans are never going to come back from your arrogance and superiority complex so just relax and see the world getting destroyed….

“Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country … There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it is simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army.” Ben Gurion (1st Israeli Prime Minister)

Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

Are you folks insane, this is the person who will likely become the SECDEF of the United States? I worked in the mid-east for 10 years in the 1980-90's and it was clear then as it is now, this is a religous conflict brought on by the history of the region, the hardcore Islamist hate all things of the west and are determined to change the culture of the western world. Open your eyes and quit the ideological BS.

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