Labelling Isis as Islamic may feel good. It may score political points. But it hurts American interests and makes us less safe. Isis wants a holy war so they can recruit more Muslims. Labelling them as Islamic makes that easier. They don't get to fight a holy war unless we say that they represent Islam. More Americans would die if the President conflated ISIS with Islam.
And this is a great litmus test. If you see a public leader making a huge deal of labelling ISIS as Islamic, then they are primarily interested in scoring points domestically. They're not interested in actually making us safer or combating terrorism abroad.
But, I'll do either. As always, it's your choice.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
The sad fact is that Islam has never offered a great deal to the world except poverty, oppression, a variety of phobias and terrorism.
But f you can name something positive about this religion and its adherents, I'd be pleased to learn what it is. I can also understand any reluctance to be too critical of them. American Blogger Hacked to Death by Muslim Mob for Criticizing Islamic Extremism in Bangladesh
And this idea that we're pretending that they're not Islamic extremists is ridiculous. Have you noticed that we were aware of every single one of the terrorists like the Boston bombers. Why? Because we watch all the Islamic extremists. We know the people that are most likely to strike against us.
Publicly making statements against Islam is counterproductive, irresponsible, and is giving aid and comfort to our enemies.