Trump Seeks to End Obama's 'Countering Violent Extremism' Scam
Among the litany of Obama administration disasters, the rapid collapse of his "Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE) agenda is among the most consequential.
But groups in line to receive federal CVE grants announced just days before the end of the Obama era are now whining as the Trump administration seeks to put an end to the CVE scam.
Driven directly from the White House, the Obama administration's CVE agenda was a replacement following a purge of counter-terrorism training across the federal government during 2011-2012 in response to a targeted series of reports by far-Left bloggers and reporters claiming widespread bias and "Islamophobia."
Many of those claims were later debunked, but with the damage done the administration's purge pressed ahead as it implemented CVE at the demand of Islamic groups, some of whom were directly involved in the formation of the administration's CVE policies.
But as it became apparent that terror recruitment was escalating rapidly at nearly the same time that CVE was being imposed on agencies and departments across the board, the inability of CVE to actually countering any "extremists" was exposed. The same Islamic groups that urged the imposition of CVE then turned against the efforts when they realized that CVE was still primarily directed at the growing threat of Islamic recruitment, and not towards stigmatizing the administration's perceived domestic political enemies.
By January 2015, Politico was already declaring that CVE was a complete flop:
No answer for homegrown terrorism? Obama’s plan to combat radicalization is a flop, critics say. http://t.co/Qz2YgiHgGM
— POLITICO (@politico) January 9, 2015
The CVE pilot programs in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Boston were already so unsuccessful that the media had to announce they were off to a "slow start" a year ago:
Effort in 3 US cities to combat extremism off to slow start https://t.co/4DMrdthiUn
— WTOP (@WTOP) March 24, 2016
The failures of the program were so pronounced that NPR conceded the point, claiming that even if the CVE programs were not effective they still somehow helped the communities.
Whether It Works Or Not, U.S. Anti-Radicalization Plan Can Benefit Communities https://t.co/Xn34FdLc4N
— NPR Popular (@nprpopular) April 3, 2016
As I noted in an assessment of Obama's CVE policies here at PJ Media last year, and in a separate monograph, measuring Obama's policies by his own stated White House goals, the CVE program was proven to be a complete failure in the very three areas it was intended to support: community engagement, training, and counter-propaganda.
It's no surprise then that one of the first moves by the Trump administration will be to shut down the failed CVE program, as reported by Reuters:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 2, 2017