A Nebraska senator responds after the president defends his preference not to use the phrase “radical Islamists” when discussing acts of terrorism such as the one in Orlando.
President Barack Obama calls demands to use the phrase “radical Islam” a political talking point, not a strategy.
“I don’t understand where the president is on this,” U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer responds during an interview with Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Obama lashed out at critics who have questioned why he refuses to use the phrase “radical Islam” when discussing terrorism.
“That’s the key, they tell us. We can’t get ISIL unless we call them ‘radical Islamists,’ ” Obama stated during a televised address after meeting with his National Security Council at the Treasury Department. “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is, none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”
Fischer insists there is a reason for using the phrase, because, according to Fischer, it is radical Islam the country is facing.
“And not to acknowledge that is not to face up to the threat that’s out there and take the steps necessary to address it,” according to Fischer.
Fischer claims the Obama Administration has failed to form a comprehensive strategy to defeat terrorism.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]