Off the Record

Greta: I don't get the namby-pamby word games the Obama admin plays with terrorism

'Off the Record,' 1/14/15: Why is the Obama administration playing a word game? Why can't they say radical Islamists are committing terrorist acts?


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record" for a minute. This is a big problem. The Obama administration just won't face it. It is radical Islam.


JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We have not chosen to use that label because it doesn't seem to accurately describe what had happened.


And it isn't just Josh Earnest. It is President Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder. He won't call it like it is - radical Islam.


ERIC HOLDER, US ATTORNEY GENERAL: I would say that we are at war with terrorists who commit these heinous acts and who use Islam. They use a corrupted version of Islam to justify their actions.


I can't believe I have to do this. But if the Obama administration needs evidence, proof, here it is. Fact number one: All the terrorists in Paris followed Islam. Fact number two: They all did the most unthinkable acts, massacre. And fact number three: They yelled the same thing, "Allah Akbar."

Who needs more proof than that? But just in case, fact number four, and the icing on the cake: Al Qaeda in Yemen now bragging they planned and paid for it.

Now, while this is all obvious to you and everyone else, I have no explanation why the Obama administration is afraid to say "radical Islam" or "Islamic extremism." It is bizarre. But it's also a big deal. You can't play word games or bury your head in the sand when you are facing a real and imminent threat. You must first identify your enemy, "radical Islam," and then you go get them.

For the life of me I don't get this namby-pamby word game the Obama administration is playing? Do you? And that's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.