In this episode of Your Second Opinion, Bridget Johnson joins the Haym Salomon Center podcast host Mike Siegel to discuss fighting ISIS and strategies for preventing ISIS terrorist attacks at home in the United States. Bridget is a Senior Fellow at the Haym Salomon Center and specializes in terrorism analysis. This podcast seeks to bring greater awareness to the threat of ISIS in today’s world and the challenges of fighting an enemy with such broad reaching recruitment and terrorism tactics. After listening to this podcast, you will have a greater understanding of how authorities can best fight the spread of terrorism and ISIS around the world.
In this episode, topics discussed include:
- The United States’ bombing of ISIS fighters in Libya at the request of the Libyan government
- The Obama administration’s strategy on ISIS for the last six months before the change in the American presidency
- Why scattering terrorists on the run is not a positive thing and how our measure of success in fighting ISIS needs to be different than a typical war
- The spread of ISIS around the world, including within the United States, and the targeted recruitment process for new followers
- ISIS training for new recruits and why it does not need to take place overseas for homegrown terrorists
- The danger of Homeland Security’s policy to not look at social media accounts of people looking to immigrate to the United States
Biography: Bridget Johnson is a Senior Fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, New York Observer, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits. Bridget is a veteran journalist whose news articles have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. In addition to her work with the Haym Salomon Center, Bridget currently serves as Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for PJ Media.