Trump vows ‘Cold War’ ter­ror fight

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump laid out an Amer­i­can blue­print for de­feat­ing global ter­ror­ism in part­ner­ship with NATO and Mid­dle East al­lies, de­mand­ing ex­treme re­stric­tions on im­mi­gra­tion and liken­ing the fight against rad­i­cal Is­lamists to the Cold War.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, who is tank­ing in the polls fol­low­ing weeks of self-in­flicted dis­as­ters, made his pitch to be a se­cu­rity strong­man as the Demo­cratic vice pres­i­dent ac­cused him of im­per­illing the lives of Amer­i­cans (see re­lated story right).

“We will de­feat rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism just as we have de­feated ev­ery threat we faced at ev­ery age,” said Mr Trump in Ohio, a battleground state con­sid­ered es­sen­tial to win­ning the United States pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Mr Trump’s for­eign-pol­icy ad­dress marked the lat­est at­tempt by the Trump cam­paign to get their mav­er­ick can­di­date back on mes­sage as his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton surges ahead in the polls.

Wa­ter­ing down his highly con­tested as­ser­tion that Barack Obama and Ms Clin­ton cre­ated the so-called Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group, Mr Trump said IS was “the di­rect re­sult of pol­icy de­ci­sions” made by the pres­i­dent and for­mer sec­re­tary of state, ref­er­enc­ing chaos in Iraq and Libya.

He claimed the ex­trem­ist group, which is the tar­get of US-led air strikes and Spe­cial Forces op­er­a­tions in Iraq and Syria, was “fully op­er­a­tional” in 18 coun­tries and had “as­pir­ing branches in six more”.

The real-es­tate ty­coon and for­mer re­al­ity TV star promised to end the US pol­icy of “na­tion-build­ing” and called for a “new ap­proach” in part­ner­ship with for­eign al­lies to “halt the spread of rad­i­cal Is­lam”.

Mr Trump said he be­lieved the US could find “com­mon ground with Rus­sia” in the fight against the IS – a claim bound to do lit­tle to si­lence crit­ics who ac­cuse him of be­ing soft on Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

At home, he demanded new im­mi­gra­tion screen­ing, say­ing that the per­pe­tra­tors of a se­ries of at­tacks in the US, in­clud­ing the Septem­ber 11, 2001, hi­jack­ings, the 2013 Bos­ton bomb­ings and the re­cent mass shoot­ing in an Or­lando night­club, in­volved “im­mi­grants or the chil­dren of im­mi­grants”.

“We should only ad­mit into this coun­try those who share our val­ues and re­spect our peo­ple.” –

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