Hillary Clinton hasn’t always been as opposed to using theterm “radical Islam” as she was during Saturday’sDemocratic presidential debate.
As a New York senator in Feb. 2005, Clinton used much moreaggressive language to describe ongoing terrorists threats from“radical Islamic extremists.”
But that was a different time, when Clinton wasn’t runningfor president on a progressive liberal platform.
Asked Saturday whether she agreed with Republican presidentialcandidate Marco Rubio’s recent comments that “we are atwar with radical Islam,” Clinton declined to use the term,saying that it is “not particularly helpful.”(RELATED: Hillary: Saying ‘RadicalIslam’ Is ‘Not ParticularlyHelpful’)
“I donâ€™t think weâ€™reat war with Islam,” said Clinton. “Idonâ€™t think weâ€™re at war withall Muslims. I think weâ€™re at war withjihadists.”
Clinton’s aversion to pairing the words“radical” and “Islam” matches the ObamaWhite House’s unspoken policy of refusing to identify Muslimterrorists by their faith. Obama maintained that posture even inthe wake of ISIS terrorists’ attacks in Paris on Friday.
But as a conservative researcher noted on Twitter, it was atan acceptance speech for the German Media Prize on Feb. 13, 2005that Clinton told it like it was.
Citing “democracy, tolerance, rule of law, individualrights” as principles that the U.S. shares with Germany,Clinton said that “it is precisely those values…thatare under attack from the radical Islamist extremists.”
“Their ideology disdains our liberal democratic values andseeks to destroy all that we hold dear.”
Later in the speech, Clinton decried “the threat offundamentalist, Islamist terror” being directed at both theU.S. and Europe.
“It is a threat to us all,” she said, citing theMarch 11, 2004 train bombing in Madrid which was carried out by alocal cell of al Qaeda. The attack left 191 dead.
It’s not surprising that Clinton has changed her tune overthe years. She’s committed several notable flip-flops as apresidential candidate. She’s moved to the left onimmigration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and gay marriage as shefaces a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. BernieSanders.
Clinton is set to unveil her plan to fight ISIS on Thursday.