Eric Holder: Not Much Gained by Saying ‘Radical Islam’


On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there is not a lot gained by saying “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism” in reference to terrorist attacks committed by Muslims.

The White House this week is hosting a summit on general “violent extremism” with no mention of Islamic terrorism or radical Islam.

“We spend more time talking about what do you call it as opposed to what do you do about it,” Holder said at a Tuesday National Press Club event

He then mocked Fox News for focusing on President Barack Obama’s refusal to address Muslim terrorists as radical Islamists.

“Really, if Fox didn’t talk about this they would have nothing else to talk about, it would seem to me,” he said.

Ultimately, Holder said he is “not sure an awful lot is gained” by saying the words “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism” in reference to Islamic terror attacks. The Attorney General said the “terminology has little or no impact on what ultimately we have to do” regarding military policy.

“I don’t worry an awful about what the appropriate terminology is,” he said. “Really, we’re having this conversation about words as opposed to what are actions ought to be?”