Fox Guest: Why Won’t Obama Label Paris Attack ‘Islamic Terrorism’?

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January 7, 2015 12:43 p.m.
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National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg bashed President Obama’s response to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in record speed on Wednesday.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Happening Now” Goldberg questioned why the White House failed to describe the attack as “Islamic terrorism.”

“There is a long history of this White House being very, very reluctant to talk about terrorism and to call something terrorism,” he said, noting that the administration did call the Paris attack terrorism.

“What they haven’t done is call it Islamic terrorism. John Kerry’s remarks, which were great about showing solidarity with France, and by all means let’s show solidarity with France and let’s condemn terrorist attacks, but he didn’t use the word Islam or Muslim once,” Goldberg said.

He then said that the administration should have immediately made it clear that the attack was carried out by Islamic terrorists.

“These acts were done by specific people with a specific ideology and this White House is still incredibly gun shy, no pun intended, about calling any attention to the fact that the people we’re at war with aren’t just generic extremists off the shelf, but they’re a specific ideology with a specific religious orientation. And President Obama won’t even call ISIS islamic,” Goldberg said.

It has not yet been confirmed that the gunmen who carried out the attack on Charlie Hebdo were Islamic terrorists.

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