Will the Return of ‘Jihad’ to Intelligence Trump Decades of Indoctrination?

President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy is set to feature the return words relevant to understanding Islamic terrorism — such as “jihad” — that had been expunged from the Intelligence and Defense communities’ lexicon, most notably under the Obama administration.

According to the new strategy document, “The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations.” The document also vows to “pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.”

This is significant on several levels — the first being as basic as “knowing one’s enemy,” which former President Barack Obama had refused to do.

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