jeepguySD saidIt was inevitable that such public statements as those made by Mr. Trump would be used by jihadists to recruit more to their cause. Even the perception of the West, and the US in particular, being anti-Islam plays right into the extremist narrative.
Even the Bush (43) administration, for all of their flaws and missteps, was careful not to allow the "War on Terror" to be framed as the West versus Islam.
I predict that we'll see more examples in which anti-Muslim statements made by Trump, and others, are used by jihadists. And no, I'm not inciting such use.
The reality is that ISIS and other extremist groups like them could not hate us any more regardless of what is said and who says it.
I think you are quite right about that. However, the statements made by Trump, and others on the right (i.e. banning Muslims from entering the US, carpet bombing Muslims regardless of civilian casualties, etc.), feeds jihadist propaganda with exactly what it wants, and ultimately helps them recruit new followers and so-called martyrs. Trump's comments feed the extremist ideology.
Contrary to what Sen. Cruz, Mr. Trump, Gov. Christie, and others have suggested, there is no military-only solution to combating terrorism because planes, tanks, ships, and guns cannot defeat an ideology. While we can identify and kill individual terrorists, their ideology goes on, and their deaths often inspire new followers. Don't get me wrong, I believe firmly in a strong defense, I wear my uniform with pride, and I admire my fellow service members (especially those who are combat veterans such as myself), but military force alone
cannot solve all problems.