November 17, 2015

How to argue about whether we should say 'radical Islam'

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist: Amber Phillips

In the hours and days after the Paris terrorist attacks, the debate among presidential hopefuls in America centered not around how to respond, but how to handle refugees -- and, of course, how to describe the people who comprise the Islamic State.

President Obama has pointedly avoided calling the organization "radical Islam," favoring language that describes them as "jihadists" or "extremists" instead. Republicans say his rhetoric is yet another example of how Obama (and by extension, Democrats) fail to understand the terrorist threats facing the United States.

That argument has spilled over into the 2016 presidential race, with Hillary Rodham Clinton defending Obama's choice of words in Saturday's Democratic presidential debate and Republicans criticizing her for it in the days since.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...