The following article appeared in Jihad Watch on October 17th
By Robert Spencer
Indeed not, because the U.S. military is still committed to ignoring, downplaying, or denying outright the motivating ideology that leads to jihad terror. Dunford’s use of the Obama-era euphemism “violent extremism,” when he means Islamic jihad, is one indication of this. As long as the U.S. is committed as a matter of policy to not knowing the enemy, it will never be able in any effective way to “address the underlying conditions” that lead to the enemy’s gaining of strength.
“U.S. general says conditions for Islamist extremism still linger,” by Idrees Ali, Reuters, October 17, 2018:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ top military officer said on Tuesday that little progress had been made in dealing with the underlying conditions that have given rise to armed Islamist militants, even as military gains have been made against groups like Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“Little progress has been made in addressing the underlying conditions that lead to violent extremism,” said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S.-backed forces and Iraqi militias liberated nearly all of the territory that Islamic State, also known as ISIS, once controlled in Iraq and Syria.
“Challenges remain in our political, our military, our intelligence, and our law enforcement cooperation despite the fact that we’ve had some positive trends and cooperation; clearly there is much more to be done,” said Dunford, who was speaking during a conference countering violent extremism….
In a report earlier this year, the State Department warned that Islamic State, al Qaeda and its affiliates have adapted by dispersing and becoming less vulnerable to military action after the United States and its partners made “major strides” against the armed Islamist groups.
Islamic State, al Qaeda and their affiliates “have proven to be resilient, determined and adaptable, and they have adjusted to heightened counterterrorism pressure in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere,” the report said….