Barack Obama’s 'extremism' language irks both sides

February 19, 2015 8:10 AM

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Barack Obama’s 'extremism' language irks both sides

Barack Obama’s summit on violent extremism has come under fire from conservatives who are bashing his reluctance to use the words “Islam” and “Muslim” to describe the threat from terror groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

But in his remarks at the event Wednesday, Obama sounded more concerned about mollifying Muslim Americans who feel targeted by government outreach to their communities, promising not to “securitize” the relationship. Even so, some Muslim American and civil rights leaders said much of Wednesday’s ses...

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