‘COMPLETELY INANE INABILITY’
As mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attacks, Rudy Giuliani watched someone leap to their death from one of the burning Twin Towers. He attended the funerals of 200 first responders. Mr. Giuliani, who also served as associate attorney general in the Reagan administration, has weighed in President Obama’s repeated reluctance to characterize the origins of the Orlando nightclub attack.
“I can’t help but realize, having been in the federal bureaucracy for 17 years, that the words of the president have to have an impact on the FBI. There’s no question they have to have an impact. This absolute, completely inane inability to say ‘Islamic extremist terrorism’ is one of the reasons I think the people in San Bernardino never reported to the FBI,” Mr. Giuliani told Fox News, referring to local citizens who withheld pertinent information about the shooters because they were leery of “racial profiling” following the 2015 terrorist attack in California that killed 14.
“It’s one of the reasons why the FBI maybe doesn’t want to show too much zealousness. They might be regarded as being overzealous in the pursuit of Arab Americans or Islamic Americans,” Mr. Giuliani advised.
Mr. Obama, however, continues to defend his choice of words.
“For a while now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase radical Islam. That’s the key, they tell us. We can’t beat ISIL unless we call them radical Islamists. What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?” the president asked. Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @ HarperBulletin