Given that France’s prime minister declared that his nation is “at war…against terrorism and radical Islam,” two Sunday news show hosts asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if America is engaged in the same battle.
First up, Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press”:
Todd: The French Prime Minister this morning declared that France is at war with radical Islam. Would you say the United States is at war with radical Islam?
Holder: Well, I would say we are at war with terrorists who commit these heinous acts and who…use Islam. They use a corrupted version of Islam to justify their actions. We are bound and determined to hold them accountable, to find them wherever they are. And then to try to…come up with ways in which we prevent young people who become attracted to this radical ideology, becoming members of these groups and perpetrating these heinous acts.
Next up, George Stephanopoulos on “This Week”:
Stephanopoulos: …France is at war with radical Islam. Is the U.S. at war with radical Islam?
Eric Holder: Well, I certainly think that we are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith in the way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions. So that’s who we are at war with. And we are determined to take the fight to them to prevent them from engaging these kinds of activities…