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Josh Earnest Says White House Summit Will Include All Types of Extremism by The Elephant's Child

Not just Islamic Extremism. Not Islamic terrorism. Not the kind of terrorism that killed 32.004 innocent people last year, but — all kinds. We may yet discover that the White House believes that the Tea Party threatens Western civilization, or perhaps it’s College rapists. Code Pink? Ferguson protestors? Who knows?

Martha MacCallum grilled State Department spokesgirl Marie Harf:

Martha MacCallum: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Its so difficult to say what everyone around the world feels so clearly it is. Leaders have said in Canada, and Australia and Paris where they have felt it so personally, they’ve all said quite clearly that the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say?

Marie Harf: “Well, it’s not hard to say but it’s not the only type of extremism we face. I would recommend people look at this administration’s counter-terrorism record… Much of it is Islamic. But some of it is not. So we’re going to focus on all of the different kinds of extremism. With a heavy focus on those who do this in the name of Islam. We would say falsely in the name of Islam. But there are other forms of extremism.

MacCallum: Tell me, what other forms of extremism are particularly troubling and compelling to you right now?

Harf: Well look, there are people out there who want to kill other people in the name of a variety of causes.

That is so pathetic. You can tell that if the proposed summit meeting actually takes place,nothing of significance will take place. Supposedly  President Obama does not want to be associated in any way with the word “terror.” And that accomplishes just what?

We are looking at this administration’s counter-terrorism record, that’s the problem.


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