Richard Stengel – Why Saying ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Isn’t Enough
Radical Islamic extremism.
There, I’ve said it.
For three years, as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, I would not and could not utter that phrase. No one in the Obama administration could or did. We used the much less specific term “violent extremism.” As in “countering violent extremism,” which is what we called much of our anti-Islamic State efforts.