In the President’s remarks regarding the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the war on terror, Joe Biden suggested white supremacists have replaced Jihadists as the ‘most lethal terrorist threat’ to America.
“Make no mistake – the terrorist threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan since 2001 and we will remain vigilant against threats to the United States, wherever they come from. Al Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond,” said Biden.
Continuing, he reportedly went off script, saying, “And, we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.”
The comments mirror the Biden administration’s previous takes on white supremacy in 2021 America. In June, the administration announced the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, a first of its kind. The 30-page report plans to “address this challenge to America’s national security and improve the federal government’s response” [White House].
According to the White House, intelligence and law enforcement communities found that the two most common forms of domestic terrorism are “(1) racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists who advocate for the superiority of the white race and (2) anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists, such as militia violent extremists.”
In the same month, Biden quoted US intelligence to assert that “terrorism by white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today. Not ISIS, not al–Qaeda: white supremacists.”
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