White House Vows to Combat Terrorism — By Calling Summit

How does the United States government plan on countering Islamic terrorism? By calling a summit.

That’s what White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told CBS’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation.

“We are scheduling a summit late in the week, a three-day summit at the State Department on countering violent extremism,” McDonough said in response to the latest terror attack in Denmark.

McDonough was interviewed by Schieffer on Saturday after the first deadly attack against a free speech event in Copenhagen, but before the same gunman killed a Jewish security guard at the city’s main synagogue hours later. 

Speaking for the United States, McDonough said, “We’ve obviously made clear that we abhor this and will not let these kinds of attacks stand.”

These “kinds of attacks” are carefully scripted by the White House to be acts of extremism, not Islamic terrorism specifically. And their preferred method of dealing with these extremists is apparently by calling summits.

But McDonough has confidence that a summit will ensure that the U.S. government is way ahead of the terrorists:

We know that AQAP, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has plans to do things like this around the world. So we want to make sure that we’re staying one step ahead of them.


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