RE­VERS­ING COUNTERTERROR DI­REC­TIVE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

Aides to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump say one of the many pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tives to be struck down early in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will be Pres­i­den­tial Study Di­rec­tive-11, or PSD-11.

Key ad­vis­ers to Mr. Trump, in­clud­ing in­com­ing White House Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn, a re­tired Army lieu­tenant gen­eral, have crit­i­cized the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over its pol­icy of play­ing down or ig­nor­ing the Is­lamic na­ture of the global ter­ror­ist con­flict.

Many se­cu­rity an­a­lysts say one ba­sis for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ide­o­log­i­cal ap­proach to ter­ror­ism is PSD-11. The still-se­cret di­rec­tive, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial who has read it, is the main ra­tio­nale be­hind the coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy of Pres­i­dent Obama, who has sought to court the Is­lamist move­ment known as the Mus­lim Brother­hood as an al­ter­na­tive ide­ol­ogy to that of al Qaeda and now the Is­lamic State.

Trump ad­vis­ers told Inside the Ring that PSD-11 will be can­celed as soon as the na­tional se­cu­rity team takes of­fice af­ter Jan. 20. As part of a new trans­parency pol­icy, the or­der also may be de­clas­si­fied to ex­pose what the ad­vis­ers say were harm­ful coun­tert­er­ror­ism

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