Former Obama State Dept Official Explains Why They Never Said ‘Radical Islam’

A former Department of State official confessed Monday that the reason no one in the Obama administration referred to certain acts of terror as “radical Islam” is because they were scared of alienating Muslim allies.

In an op-ed written for The New York Times, Richard Stengel, who previously served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, said there was a very clear reason no one could–or did–label various acts of terror as the product of “radical Islam” and instead used the much less loaded term “violent extremism.”

For Stengel, the reason the Obama administration shied away from the term “radical Islam” was not because it was “too timid or too politically correct,” despite harsh criticisms from Republicans and especially President Donald Trump.

Rather, it was because the Obama administration was concerned the term would alienate Muslim allies in the Middle East.

26 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Charley Bowls says:

    K Walters…. A person with whom I have disagreed and flat out wrong on just about every topic he’s weighed in on. Consistently wrong,,,,

  • Keith Walters says:


    The enemy WANTS to be called Islamists. Obama refused to give them that gift, just as Churchill refused to pronounce “Nazis” correctly. Obama is soooo much smarter than President Pussy-Grabber!

    1. Anouk says:

      And Goofy is soooooooooooo much smarter than an ignorant liberal like you.

  • Cuebid6 says:

    They would have also needed to point our the difference between “radical islam” and regular islam. “Radical islam” believes in sharia law. This is about 80 % of muslims in the U.S.

  • Richard says:

    This is how crazy the left wing loon’s are. This PC B/S has got to stop! Call it for what it is or this world will never defeat Islamist Radical’s. These Muslims have been killing for thousands of years they will continue until they are wiped off the face of this Earth.

  • Joann Holmes says:

    This is just more BS from the left.

  • Terry T says:

    It’s been 15 years since 9/11, so where’s all this help from our “Muslim allies”? It doesn’t seem that much progress has been made. Rather than outrage from the “moderate Muslims” against the “radicals”, it appears more like silent approval.

    1. Keith Walters says:

      You think that because you are not reading the right news sources.

      Try to keep up.

  • justinwachin says:

    If our Muslim allies were alienated maybe they should have faced reality and dealt with the problem in their home countries. The reality is that most of these places would be unknown places on the globe if we didn’t buy oil from them. Maybe we should become energy independent and let the Muslims fight things out among themselves.

    Al Qaeda created the problem by attacking us. They were the ones who brought religion into the mix. I suspect some of our “allies” may have also been guilty of supporting some of these terrorist organizations.

    1. Gordon558 says:

      In one way or another most all Muslim countries support the terrorists; money, materials, people, identity documents, safe travel… If you are a true Muslim who follows the Quran you support the goals of world domination. The terrorists are the front line troops working toward those goals. So, yes, out allies support terrorists organizations.

    2. Keith Walters says:

      We could be ore independent if Republicans hadn’t allowed our oil to be sold abroad.

      1. justinwachin says:

        I don’t think all of our oil is being sold abroad. Once the United States is producing as much as it uses we will be well on our way to being energy independent regardless of where the oil goes.

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    So they hide the (almost) truth because they are cringing, cowardly little boot-licks. And it is not “radical islam” that is the problem, it is just islam.

  • The Redhawk says:

    Obama=Spineless, Balls free. Chicken s*it….

  • Lorraine E says:

    State dept officials supported their boss, the former muslim in chief, and repeated all of his lies. Fact is that muslims will always side with their brothers even if they have minor differences. Barach Barry Hussein Obama Soetoro Sabarkah said that if there was a controversy he would always side with the muslims and he ordered HIS federal government to always support muslims.

    1. Dee says:

      Well put . I hope more people will come to realize who the real B. Hussein O.
      Really is . A Dangerous person even out of Our White House !

      1. Keith Walters says:

        You’re an idiot–like most trumpies. Most people voted against Trump and his policies–and against you.

      2. Anouk says:

        You are so right! The Muslim traitor Obama is a venomous shake.
        His mentor rev Wright taught him well.

  • McFerguson says:

    I don’t care what Richard Stengel says. In order to whip the enemy you must call him out, identify him. Obama was a weenie in every sense of that word. Rather than confront an enemy, Obama would say “he was leading from behind.” Nonsense, he was a community organizer from the top of his head to the bottom of his soles, meaning he’d do what was necessary to maximize his political gains, of which he was keenly aware. Military strategy? He not only didn’t understand nor appreciate it, Obama didn’t give two hoots about winning. It was always all about him personally. That’s how narcissists function.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      I think Mr. Soetoro meant to say he was “thinking with his behind.”
      He got so confused without a teleprompter.

      1. McFerguson says:

        Since Obama usually had his head buried in the south end of his anatomy, I think you’re on to something, there, Ramoni1710!

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    2. The Redhawk says:

      Started with his APOLOGY tour and his giving life to the LIES of the Muslim Brotherhood, Arab Spring to Terrorism and culminated in iSIS
      Add that to his Fubar legacy Express train about to DERAIL in flames which has him running the Anarchists against Trump

    3. Keith Walters says:

      Wrong. Obama did what was necessary to achieve his goals–such as recovering an economy that was free-falling into depression, and to keep moderate Islamists on our side, not alienated by self-aggrandizing rhetoric.

      1. McFerguson says:

        Oops…You forgot about Obama’s non-self aggrandizing rhetoric when he declared way back in 2008 he “would stop the rising seas and heal the planet.” What happened to that goal, Keith? One would think Obama could have simply snapped his fingers and it would’ve been done. Then he wouldn’t have had to beat the “Global Warming” drum so ferociously and sent billions of our tax dollars to the UN to accomplish it. Did you sit in Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years, too, Keith?

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