REVERSING COUNTERTERROR DIRECTIVE
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