Countering Violent Extremism (CVE): Another Obama ‘failure’?

Barack Obama has been playing governmental board games like CVE for two terms. Now we, too, are “bored.”

Painting by Jon Mcnaughton posted by the artist to social media
Painting by Jon Mcnaughton posted by the artist to social media

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 21, 2016 – In December 2011, the Obama administration rolled out a “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) program called the “White House Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism.” If that sounds like a long-winded academic example of White House double-talk, it’s because that’s precisely what it is: administration ju-ju made to sound like our government is doing something about the recruitment of potential homegrown terrorists.

More than four years later, President Obama held a three-day “summit” featuring the unveiling of three programs in Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. The “Countering Violent Extremism” efforts of 2015 were supposedly designed at the request of Islamic and civil rights groups to prevent violent extremism and its recruitment on a local level.

Now, a little more than a year since the curtain was raised on the CVE program, the very groups that requested the implementation are now calling it a total failure that has been publicly rejected by the communities they were intended to serve.

That should come as no surprise. The title alone is a dead give-away that the effort was nothing more than a “kick-the-can-down-the-road” project made to appear that the Obama administration was deeply committed and involved in halting global terrorism and recruitment when it had no such intentions.

Barack Obama has spent most of the eight years of his presidency “phoning in” his policies from fund-raisers, rounds of golf, celebrity shindigs and high-priced vacations at taxpayer’s expense.

The result of the CVE project is that Department of Defense officials now claim that training America’s troops to readily define our Islamic enemies and defeat them has been purposely lost.

Obama’s efforts are yet another example of why the current U.S. presidential campaign is in such disarray. Citizens are weary of the same old, same old from their government, and are desperate for change, any change. But the political machinery has become so gunked up with complex, non-existent solutions to real problems that the resulting chaos has left the entire population banging its head against the wall trying to figure out precisely what those problems are and how to go about actually fixing them.

According to a story by Patrick Poole in PJ Media, “the Federal Government is focused on three core areas of activity” as part of its Countering Violent Extremism program: (1) enhancing engagement with and support to local communities that may be targeted by violent extremists; (2) building government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism; and (3) countering violent extremist propaganda while promoting our ideals.”

All of which may sound nice, but it is nothing more than Obama-speak made to sound presidential without teeth. In other words, it’s just that, more “words.”

Writes Poole, “Islamic and civil rights groups in Boston and two other cities spoke out Thursday against a federal government initiative to counter violent extremism, saying it unfairly targets the nation’s Muslim communities.”

That is because the CVE was never intended to accomplish any of the goals it theoretically set out to achieve. Liza Behrendt, an organizing consultant for Jewish Voice for Peace, which is an anti-discrimination group, said “It’s a federal program that singles out Muslim communities and reinforces false notions of the link between Islam and terrorism.”

Perhaps most amazing of all is that anyone believed our “little boy who cried wolf” president yet again. What does it take to recognize that anything Barack Obama undertakes has a secondary political goal intended to counter whatever the primary façade of the proposal may be? As Poole notes,

“DOD’s efforts would lead to a blinding of the foremost elements of the U.S. government conducting the War on Terror. Unable to define the enemy, the U.S. would wander aimlessly, fighting an unending war against an ever-shifting opponent.

“Those predictions of the Pentagon’s intentional blinding of its war-fighting units has proved catastrophically true.”

Poole continues, noting

“In late 2014, the New York Times reported that Major Gen. Michael Nagata, then-head of Special Operations Command Central, had held a series of conference calls attempting to understand why the Islamic State had grown so dangerous.”

The ultimate conclusion by Gen. Nagata was “We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

Such is the plight the American people have dealt with for nearly a decade under President Barack Obama. Whatever his aims may be, they are not in the best interest of the people he supposedly serves.

Nagata’s “understanding” is the result of Obama’s true intentions, which are to obfuscate and confuse rather than to seek solutions. The Countering Violent Extremism program was more of the same.

The American people elected the most dangerous president in history. Now we are getting exactly what we deserve.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (

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