Terror Euphemisms: Helping or Hurting the Enemy?

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Terms like "Islamic radicalism" and "Islamic extremist" are no longer being used by the Obama administration, leaving many counterterrorism experts concerned.

Critics argue that in order to fight terrorism, the term has to be properly defined.

A recent report by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy claims the White House has ignored the role of religion in motivating terrorists.

CBN News spoke with terrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross about the use of less direct terms when it comes to describing terror groups and violent attacks.

Click play for his comments on whether this strategy works and how it impacts perception of our enemies.

Top administration counterterror deputy John Brennan defended the move by the Obama administration saying, terrorist leaders "play into the false perception that they are religious leaders defending a holy cause, when in fact they are nothing more than murderers, including the murder of thousands upon thousands of Muslims."

He added that "describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie - propagated by al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism - that the United States is somehow at war against Islam."

Still, The Washington Institute said the U.S. can articulate the threat of radical Islam "without denigrating the Islamic religion in any way."

Analysts warn the White House must make a sharper distinction between the Muslim faith and Islamic extremism.

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