Wednesday afternoon the National Security Staff released, on behalf of the President, a new eight-page policy statement entitled: Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.
This should be read in combination with the National Strategy for Counterterrorism released at the end of June.
I have no substantive problems with the new paper. It bears considerable resemblance to the America Rising program advocated just two weeks ago here at HLSWatch. I agree with the principles outlined in the document.
I wonder why the new document’s core was not included in the counterterrorism policy statement or why the two documents were not released at the same time. Each document is strengthened by the other… so why the five week gap?
I have been an advocate of concisely strategic Presidential directives focused more on principles than tactical implementation. This is an effective outline of principles. But in this case, just a few more specifics on implementation might have reinforced achievement of the principles.