Can Trump Stop Radical Islamic Terror at the Source?

  • Adam Casalino
  • May 22, 2017 11:44AM

The President of the United States has a lot of power. Okay, that's an obvious statement. But sometimes I think, given our flippant culture, that we don't understand just how impactful our Command in Chief can be.

While the SNL's and John Olivers of the world try to denigrate Trump- and have been doing so since the campaign- the rest of the world thinks differently. Even during the 2016 election, world leaders were hedging their bets for a Trump presidency.

Remember when Trump went down to Mexico? While still a candidate- one that our media said didn't have a chance of winning- the sitting president of Mexico wanted to speak with him. Trump used the opportunity to show the voting public that, yep, the leaders of the world took him seriously.

You may recall that after the visit, President Nieto invited Hillary to come. She declined.

An everyday American citizen might feel comfortable with insulting our leaders to their face. Or at least online. But much of the world does not have that kind of attitude. In a way I'm glad we can do that; it's a product of growing up in a culture that values free speech and individual expression. It's what gives me license to criticize former President Obama or a nut job like Nancy Pelosi.

But beyond our everyday blather, beyond our personal likes and dislikes about the man, the President of the United States carries a serious authority. With a word, he can make or break an agenda. A single line from a speech or statement can send ripples throughout our society.

I remember during the Bush administration, when he made reducing our dependency on foreign oil, a priority. He used that phrase multiple times in a State of the Union address. Suddenly it was being said by everyone. And I mean everyone. The liberal media may have mocked W, but they still took his words seriously.

The rise of Black Lives Matter could be placed squarely on Obama's shoulders. Animosity between black Americans and police has existed for a long time. For good reason. But it was the reckless words of President Obama- regarding the death of criminal Trayvon Martin- that sparked a movement that today calls for the death of cops.

And beyond all the empty bluster of the mainstream media and their cohorts in the DNC, President Trump's words and agenda are going to have a huge impact on our society. And societies around the world.

Some hack judge might block an executive order now and again, but we all know where the power lies.

Even before he was inaugurated, Trump was being congratulated by world leaders. As president, he's met with the U.K. Prime Minister, the Chancellor of Germany, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of China, and most recently, that little dictator from Turkey. While some might consider these obligatory meetings with a new head of state- it was the other guys who flew to Washington to see him.

All the leaders of the world want to get on Trump's good side. Regardless of their politics and agenda, they know what Trump is capable of. You don't become an internationally known businessman and personality without knowing a thing or two about negotiations.

President Trump has made it his goal to put Americans first. While some have equated that with Hitler (still don't understand that one), it sounds like a reasonable goal for an American president. But it also means that we don't have a leader that will bend over backward to accommodate the EU, World Trade Organization, NATO, UN, or OPEC. Sure, he will play ball, but I doubt Trump is going to acquiesce to deals that will hurt American workers.

Which brings me to the issue of terrorism. Trump was the first president to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism," during his first address to the Joint Sessions of Congress. President Obama made a lot of excuses for why he never said it. But Trump has made it clear that one of his major goals as POTUS is to stamp out this virulent threat.

A lot has been said about terrorism and Islam. I have made it clear on TrigTent that I believe there are many great Muslims who want peace and prosperity. But that doesn't erase the sticky reality that there is a segment within the religion that is calling for the death of non-Muslims, mostly in the West. That's a problem for us Westerners that want to, you know, keep breathing.

President Trump has already worked to prevent future acts of terror from striking U.S. soil. His two executive orders regarding travel into the United States confronted nations known to support terrorism. While judges have made the implementation of those orders complicated, it doesn't negate the reality that there are people trying to enter our nation simply to murder us.

I've even written before about how they don't always use airports to get in.