Lieberman: Obama admin. refuses to use phrase ‘violent Islamist extremism’

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent Connecticut chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday that the Obama administration has refused to use the term “violent Islamist extremism,” arguing that the White House’s overly cautious word parsing constitutes a refusal to “speak honestly.”

Sen. Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, also said this makes the global fight against Islamic terrorism “harder” for the United States.

Lieberman focused his criticism on a recent report issued by the administration, titled “Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States,” saying that it “suffers from several significant weaknesses.”

“The administration still refuses to call our enemy in this war by its proper name — violent Islamist extremism. You could find names that are comparable to that but not the ones that the administration continues to use, which are ‘violent extremism,'” Lieberman explained in a speech at the National Press Club sponsored by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

“It is not just violent — there are many forms of violent extremism, there’s white racist extremism, there’s been some environment–eco extremism, there’s been animal rights extremism. You could go on and on. There’s skinhead extremism. But we’re not in a global war with those. We’re in a global war that affects our homeland security with Islamist extremists.”

Lieberman then charged the administration with refusing to “speak honestly” about the threat of terrorism. (RELATED: Terrorist credits Hollywood for his recruitment)

“To call our enemy ‘violent extremism’ is so general and vague that it ultimately has no meaning. The other term used sometimes is ‘Al-Qaida and its allies.’ Now, that’s better but it still is too narrow, and focuses us on groups as opposed to what I would call an ideology, which is what we’re really fighting,” he said.

“I assume this refusal of the administration to speak honestly about the enemy is based on its desire not to do anything that might feed into Al-Qaida’s propaganda that we’re engaged in a — quote — ‘war against Islam,’ but that’s so self-evidently a lie that we can and have repudiated it, and I think we’ve done so effectively.”

“A reluctance, therefore, to identify our enemy as ‘violent Islamist extremism,’” Lieberman concluded, “makes it harder, I think, to mobilize effectively to fight this war of ideas.”

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  • Warner

    I am amazed at how uninformed most are on these type of sites.  I really hope that this is not indicative of the US population, but I know that it is.  READ!!!!  Educate yourselves and stop relying on the corporate controlled media for your information.  Did you know that the word muslim means one who submits his or her will to do the will of God?  Jesus fits that description very well.  There is no mention in the bible of Jesus ever referring to himself as a Christian.  Where does that come from?  Read and stop relying on liars for your information.  If you want to know the real reason why our country is hated globally, read confessions of an economic hitman.  Then don’t stop there, but read the references in the bibliography.  Read The secret relationship between blacks and jews Volumes 1 and 2… but don’t stop there, reference the readings in the bibliography.  Fact find on your own.  You would be shocked at what you will come to understand.  Are you familiar with the builderburg group… read it.  Have you seen The End Game and The Obama Dception online?  It’s free, just google it, then do you research on the information in those documentaries.  Come on people wake up.  Lastly, how would you feel if someone came to your home and told you and your family to get out or be killed because of a book that says your property belongs to them.  Well that is one of the reasons why America is hated, because they are supporting a thief coming to your home to steal your property.  America is supporting a murderer coming to your home to kill you, your wife/husband, and your children if you do not leave the home that you’ve worked so hard for.  Is that justice, freedom, or equality?  Read, study and pray for understanding.

  • FrancescaTate

    Ah–people don’t want to be confused from their opinions with the “facts” and certainly not the truth. And that truth is that violent extremism exists in all 3 Abrahamic faiths–not just Islam. I’m a Christian and I know “Christians” who want to destroy the life and livelihoods of those who differ from them in any way–including race. They want to do everything BUT what Jesus commanded us to do–“love one another as I have loved you.” So yes, there are militant Christians, and there are militant Jews, I also know many Muslims who have no intention of killing anyone. True Islam is based in charity, not murder. Same is true for Christianity and Judaism–just read Leviticus and all the laws God gave on behalf of Justice and concern for the needy. Leviticus isn’t just about sexuality!  And if one chooses a path of destruction and murder, one has abandoned their faith and taken on the devil.

  • Gailanon

    Ummm, Jv…what makes you think he doesn’t?  Grin

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  • Chrisbarstein

    Here’s what everyone needs to understand about Joe Lieberman… The only political party he has ever been loyal to is Likud. Joe is a shill for the hard-right of the Israeli government. He beat the war drums for Iraq and now wants us to do Israel’s dirty work in Iran. And he is not alone… the money that flows to our congress from the Israeli lobby is astronomical. They have bought and paid for our government. Anyone that dares to speak out on behalf of the Palestinians is labeled an “anti-semite”. Here’s some news… apartheid is alive and well in Israel and they continue to grab land and build ini areas that do not belong to them. They know they never have to make piece with the arabs, because our government (that they control) will never force them to do so. Do you want to know why the arab world hates us… a part of it is our blind, and unwavering support for whatever policies Isreal dictates to us. We have not been honest brokers of peace, just mouth-pieces for Likud.

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