Rep. Blackburn: Obama ‘Has Shown Himself Incapable of Leading in This Fight’

‘This week we had Putin and Hollande who were leading in the fight against ISIS, and a president who seems very timid of taking ISIS and radical Muslim extremism on’

TAPPER: "When people talk about defeating ISIS what do you think?" 
PANDITH: "So I think it’s really important that we all understand that it is necessary to look at the physical war. Of course it’s necessary. But we need to broaden our sense of what is necessary. Looking at the ideological components is central. We need a strategy that is integrated. Why? Because we have to look at how people are getting recruited. And Jake, it’s far bigger than ISIS. The ideological threat is global. And it is preying upon nearly a billion young Muslims under the age of 30. You were just talking about words. Words matter. This refugee crisis the way we are talking about these issues ricochets around the world, Jake. I remember being in Cambodia. Talking to young kids in the jungle of Cambodia who happen to be Muslim, asking me whether the preacher in Gainesville, Florida who had 50 people in his church and was going to burn the Koran represented our nation. So, what we say here in our country makes a difference all around the world. And that (INAUDIBLE) theology, the lexicon, how we think about ourselves is really critical. It’s critical to this fight and it’s critical to the larger thing."
BLACKBURN: "I think also leadership matters tremendously. And our president has shown himself incapable of leading in this fight. This week we had Putin and Hollande who were leading in the fight against ISIS, and a president who seems very timid of taking ISIS and radical Muslim extremism on. He can’t even say the word."

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