While French leaders have no problem saying the words "Islamic radicals" or jihadis or terrorists somehow it's impossible for leaders in the Obama Administration to make that connection. At times the effort to twist around the issue gets downright ridiculous. Take for example this report by Martha MacCallum. Following the clip with White House Spokesman Josh Earnest insisting there are many forms of violent extremism MacCallum interviews State Department Spokeswoman Marie Hart. She asks Harf to name other forms of extremism that are a problem. Watch....
Notice she could not name ONE EXAMPLE of others committing acts of terror. I guess the danger of Methodists beheading people isn't as real as some might think!MARTHA MACCALLUM, "KELLY FILE" GUEST HOST: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Like it's so difficult to say what everybody around the world seems to feel so clearly it is. And what the leaders have said in Canada and Australia and Paris where they have felt it potently and personally, they've all said quite clearly the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say?
MARIE HARF, STATE DEPARTMENT: Well, it's not hard to say, but it's not the only kind of extremism we face. I would recommend folks looking at this administration's counter-terrorism record. I would remind people that more terrorists who claim to do acts of violence in the name of Islam have been taken off the battlefield in this administration than other any previous one because of our counterterrorism operations and our efforts that we put in place. But that's not the only way you counter this kind of extremism. Much of it Islamic, you're absolutely right. But some of it not. So we're going to focus on all the different kinds of extremism with a heavy focus on people who do this in the name of Islam, we would say falsely in the name of Islam, but there are other forms of extremism --
MACCALLUM: Tell me, what other forms of extremism are particularly troubling and compelling to you right now?
HARF: Well, look, there are people out there who want to kill other people in the name of a variety of causes. Of course, Martha, we are most focused on people doing this in the name of Islam. And we've talked about with ISIL, part of our strategy to counter this extremism is to have other moderate Muslim voices stand up and say they don't represent our religion. They speak for their religion more than we do certainly and we need those voices to stand up. In addition to all the other efforts we're undertaking.
Also, note that Harf says "ther moderate Muslim voices stand up and say they don't represent our religion." But did we hear one word of support from the State Department when the President of Egypt gave his remarkable New Year's speech condemning radical Islam? NO. And we didn't hear a word of praise from the White House either.
Hark looks like an idiot here. True, she's an Obama campaign flack, but her bio might lead you to believe that she's got to be smarter than she comes off. Obviously the problem here isn't with Harf or Josh Earnest but Obama.
Charting the Historic Path of Islamic Radicalism
In the Daily Mail Yasmin Alibhai-Brown describes the emergence of radical Islam as a recent phenomenon and one that imposes great fear on Muslim women in particular. One wonders why Democrats, who constantly accuse Republicans of waging a "war on women" are so silent when there is a real war waged on women in the Islamic world?