GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump gave a major speech on Monday in which he outlined his plan to combat the scourge of radical Islam. The speech, delivered in Youngstown, Ohio, focused largely on how a Trump presidency would face the danger posed by ISIS both abroad and on U.S. soil.
"In the 20th Century, the United States defeated Fascism, Nazism, and Communism," Trump said at the beginning of his address. "Now, a different threat challenges our world: Radical Islamic Terrorism."
Here's a breakdown of key aspects of the Trump plan to "make America safe again":
- End The "Era Of Nation-Building"
Trump reiterated his criticism of the Iraq war and other so-called "nation-building" projects, claiming that such policies cause power vacuums in which terrorists flourish.
Instead, pushes for regime change--as Obama and Hillary did in Syria and Libya--should take a back seat to real-politic oriented around the defeat of ISIS and jihadists.
"Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam," Trump explained. "All actions should be oriented around this goal, and any country which shares this goal will be our ally. We cannot always choose our friends, but we can never fail to recognize our enemies."
- Win The Ideological War
Trump also acknowledged the ideological component in the war against radical Islamic terrorism. In order to defeat terrorism, Trump explained that America must engage the hateful ideology that fuels it.
"Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam," Trump said. "To defeat Islamic terrorism, we must also speak out forcefully against a hateful ideology that provides the breeding ground for violence and terrorism to grow."
Trump also used the opportunity to slam Hillary Clinton for taking money from states who enshrine anti-woman and anti-gay policies in their laws.
"While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by prison or death, my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith."
- Reform Our Immigration System
Trump went on to explain that reforming America's immigration system will be a key component of his efforts to prevent Islamic terrorism. He noted that many of the acts of terrorism perpetrated on American Soil have been the result of lax immigration enforcement.
"A review by the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee has identified 380 foreign-born individuals charged with terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between 9/11 and 2014, and many more since then," the GOP nominee said. "A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people."
Trump added that his State Department would identify areas where adequate screening cannot possibly occur and "will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or new procedures."
- Restore "Common Sense" To Our Security Procedures
As President, Trump promised to create a "Commission on Radical Islam" that would recruit moderate voices in the Muslim community to work with U.S. security.
"The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization."
- Promote The Virtues Of The American Way Of Life
Finally, Trump said America must once again take pride in the American way of life.
"Pride in our institutions, our history and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all who join our society," Trump said. "Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it. This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country."