Clinton Refuses To Categorize Terror As "Radical Islam." ABC NEWS' GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "You've also been reluctant to say we're fighting radical Islam. I wonder why not. Isn't it a mistake to not say it plain that the violence is being pushed by radical elements in that faith?" CLINTON: "Well, that's a different thing. Radical elements who use a dangerous and distorted view of Islam to promote their jihadist ambitions, I'm fine with that. I say it all the time. And I go after Islamists, too." STEPHANOPOULOS: "So what's the problem with radical Islam?" CLINTON: "Well, the problem is that that sounds like we are declaring a war against religion. And that, to me, is number one, wrong." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)
Top Obama Defense Officials Said The U.S. Was At War With "Islamic Extremists," "Radical Islam"
In December, Obama's Army Chief Of Staff Mark Milley Discussed The Challenges The U.S. Faces From "Radical Islam," "Militant Islam." MILLEY: "If you look at the Middle East writ large, there's a broader challenge facing the United States, I think. And that's the challenge of radicals within the Muslim ulama, all the way from Morocco, all the way to Indonesia, from the Caucasus, to the Blue Nile sort of thing. So that entire area of the world, which has got a billion plus Muslims in it, the vast majority of which are hardworking folk who just want to make a better living for their family. But there's been a movement out there for going on 100 years now, that posits an alternative way to organize your society. And that fundamentally is what we think of as radical Islam or militant Islam, it's got different names. The current manifestation of that, the most violent one, is ISIS and Al Qaeda. But there's a whole string of organizations out there, maybe 50 to 100 of these things, some are small, some are big, some have greater or lesser capability, that are all part of this broader movement." (Mark Milley, Remarks At The Center For A New American Security, Washington, D.C., 12/14/15)
Obama's Deputy Secretary Of Defense Robert Work Said We Are At War With "Islamist Extremists." WORK: "And for the last, the second is, for the last 14 years, we've been really focused down on this really hard problem in the Middle East and fighting a war against Islamist extremists. And as a result our program, our program, has been slow to adapt as these high end threats have started to re-emerge." (Robert Work, Remarks At The Center For A New American Security, Washington, D.C., 12/14/15)
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