02.12.15

McCaul Outlines Seven-Point Plan on Global Fight to Defeat Islamist Terrorism

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered remarks at a U.S. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) event entitled, “The global fight to defeat Islamist terrorism.”

During his remarks, Chairman McCaul proposed a seven-point plan for victory in the War Against Islamist Terror including:

·         defining the threat in order to defeat it – violent Islamist extremism;

·         taking the fight to the enemy;

·         targeting the enemies’ tools, including by targeting their financing and human capital flows;

·         denying terrorists safe haven overseas by confronting threats early;

·         defending the homeland against domestic radicalization;

·         countering the insidious ideology at the core of Islamist terrorism; and

·         promoting liberty and human dignity as the great alternatives to repression and terror.

“This is a long-term struggle, a struggle of ideology, but we can declare our plan of action as a first step,” said McCaul. “America must throw down the gauntlet on the doorsteps of the enemies of freedom—and put them on notice that their reign of terror will end. Radical Islamists may have fired the first shot in this struggle.  But with the defense of our great nation and liberty as our guiding light, America will fire the last.”

 

Click to Watch Remarks

Text of remarks as delivered is available HERE.

Video of Q&A is available HERE.

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