The amazing 2016 election is in the books and, despite countless prophecies to the contrary, Donald J. Trump will be the new commander-in-chief of U.S. Armed Forces, the most powerful man in the world. That is an ideal position to take long overdue actions on the terrorist front. As a brief review confirms, there is no place like home to begin.
On November 5, 2009, at Ford Hood, Texas, U.S. soldiers were getting their final medical checkups before deploying to Afghanistan. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and self-described “Soldier of Allah,” began gunning down the soldiers, yelling “Allahu akbar” as he did so. His victims, all unarmed, included Francheska Velez, a 21-year-old private from Chicago who pleaded for the life of her unborn child.
The Muslim major killed two other women that day along with 10 men, more than twice as many victims as the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. This was the deadly attack that the current commander-in-chief called “workplace violence,” exempting Hasan from “gun violence,” one of the current president’s favorite themes.
Hasan also wounded 33 others including Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, who played dead then fled the building. Major Hasan chased down Lunsford, an African-American, and shot him seven times, including one bullet in the back. Lunsford later complained that Hasan got better treatment than his victims, which was true. One victim said that Major Nidal Hasan did not deserve to live, and that is also true.
To serve the interest of justice, at the first opportunity President Trump should have this Islamic terrorist mass murderer executed. The president should also remove from their positions those intelligence officers who knew about Hasan’s murderous plans and chose to do nothing.
On September 11, 2012, the current president did nothing as terrorists killed four Americans in Benghazi, including ambassador Chris Stevens. The president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton essentially parroted jihadist propaganda and blamed an internet video. President Trump should take a different and more activist approach.
Every year, he should use the 9/11 anniversary to send a message by busting up some terrorist enterprise and taking down as many terrorists as possible. Perhaps this could take the form of a special-forces raid such as the one that took out Osama bin Laden. After all, it’s a target-rich environment all around the world.
Maybe President Trump could change up the day to maintain the element of surprise. In any case, he should keep his campaign promise to “bomb the shit out of ISIS,” also known as the Islamic State. Iran is also an Islamic terrorist state, and of course President Trump needs to shred the Iran nuclear deal on day one. He also needs to fulfill his promise to halt the Syrian refugee program.
If we can’t vet the refugees, as Hillary Clinton privately acknowledged, the United States should not admit them. Uzbekistan, a vast country of more than 170,000 square miles, would be a much better place for the Syrians. So would Kazakhstan, with more than one million square miles.
Both are closer to Syria than Europe or the United States and both are predominantly Islamic. Russia, the biggest country in the world with more than six million square miles, could also open up, especially since Russia’s alliance with Assad is causing Syrians to flee in the first place.
Even with the Syrian refugee program halted, terrorists still operate in the United States, confirmed by recent attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, and Chattanooga. President Trump should add a vigorous civil-defense program to domestic counterterrorism.
Citizens should be prepared, and as the Constitution says, the right of the people to keep and bear arms should not be infringed. Citizens should also be vigilant, and no stigma should attach to those attempting to expose terrorist murderers such as Syeed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Their targets, after all, included schools – children, in other words – and motorists on the freeway.
President Trump should recognize the brave police officers of San Bernardino, who took down the heavily armed Farook and Malik in short order, with no loss of innocent life. They deserve recognition, just like soldiers on the field of battle. Maybe the president could name the award after Kimberly D. Munley.
If that civilian police officer had not wounded Nidal Hasan, the “Soldier of Allah” would have killed more than 13 unarmed American soldiers. For that mass murder, President Trump should give the order for Nadal’s execution.
Mr. President, clean house and throw down. The nation and the world will thank you in return.