President Obama argues that the U.S. must “discredit violent ideologies” if it wants to counter recruiting efforts by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda here at home, the Washington Post reports. Speaking to a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Obama aimed to strike a balance between addressing the risk of the radicalization of disaffected youths and reassuring Muslim Americans that their communities are not being targeted as a source of terrorist plots.
Critics of the president have questioned why the White House was not using the term “radical Islam” to describe the target of its counterterrorism efforts. Obama emphasized that “there is no one profile of a violent extremist or terrorist. . . . It's not unique to one group or to one geography or one period of time.” Community leaders, law enforcement officials, philanthropists and representatives from the private sector gathered at the White House yesterday to discuss whether pilot programs in Boston, Los Angeles, and the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul could serve as national models for averting radicalism among Muslim youths.