Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Honore: Democracy always defeats terrorism

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore weighs on how to defeat terrorism.

Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Honore: Trump Needs to Rethink his Tactics on Terror

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An airport in Instanbul, Turkey was unexpectedly attacked Tuesday night by three suicide bombers. The attack resulted in forty-two deaths and two hundred and thirty-nine people injured.

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Many suspect the terrorist group ISIS was behind the deadly attack. The U.S. and other countries have had their direct and indirect dealings with ISIS which have included a shooting in California earlier this year, attacks in Paris and a bombing in Brussels.

“You do not defeat terrorism with a conventional army. Terrorism is about an idea…we can kill all of the leadership but their idea is still to dominate the Middle East, consume all the Muslim countries and dominate the world with their ideology,” Katrina Joint Task Force Commander Russel Honore said to the FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne.

Honore said the U.S. should not stoop to ISIS’s level and that killing ISIS members won’t solve the problem.

"Democracy always defeats terrorism throughout history, but it might take a couple of decades to do it. We cannot turn into or act like the terrorists, killing them alone won’t solve the problem," he said.

During a speech on Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he believes the U.S. needs to fight fire with fire, when referring to ISIS tactics. Trump said he also believes that the U.S. should start using waterboarding as an interrogation tactic.

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Honore disagreed with some of Trump’s proposed tactics, though.

"Those are some off the cuff comments. I hope that Donald Trump would rethink that and take better advice from his counsel that’s around him,” Honore said.

He also said that Turkey has a tough and well trained army that knows what they’re doing.

"It’s going to take us a couple of decades, it could takes us three decades but I think the Turks have got it right. They’ve opened their airport, they’ve got security there, they will adapt and overcome,” he said.

 

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