Why No Mention of Radical Islam in the State of the Union

President Trump’s first State of the Union contained a lot of talk about “terrorism,” ISIS, and Guantanamo Bay, but not a word about radical Islamism.

“Radical Islamist ideology” was the language used less than six weeks earlier when his administration’s first national security strategy was unveiled. This strategy document boldly declares radical Islamism “evil” and “barbaric,” calling advocates for a global Islamist caliphate “totalitarian” and “fanatics.” It has an entire section entitled “Defeat Jihadist Terrorists.”

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