Scott Walker, like many of the other GOP wannabes, insists on using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" to differentiate themselves from President Barack Obama. Obama refuses that term because he doesn't want to give any legitimacy to the terrorists of ISIS or al Qaeda.
But Muslim advocates say that Walker's bravado is having a negative effect:
A representative for America's largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization said Gov. Scott Walker is "enabling ISIS" by allowing the terrorist group to co-opt the Islamic religion.
"With this, Scott Walker is actually enabling ISIS by characterizing their acts as being Islamic terrorism," said Robert McCaw, government affairs manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "He is taking a peaceful religion of 1.6 billion people and misappropriating it to ISIS, allowing them to wrap themselves in the religion's name and stake a claim to it."
McCaw was referring to Walker's first foreign policy address as a presidential candidate, delivered on Friday at The Citadel military college in South Carolina, during which he referenced Islamic extremists or radical Islamic terrorism 11 times.
McCaw said one of the best ways to defeat ISIS is to take away the legitimacy it gains by being associated with Islam.
"Scott Walker is enabling ISIS by ceding ideological ground to them that they have a claim to the peaceful religion of Islam," he said. "One of the best ways to defeat them is to take away that claim, take away their legitimacy. That helps take away possible support they might cultivate."
And lest we forget, Walker also put his foot in it when he said that there was only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam."
Why Walker and the other Republicans would want to separate themselves from Obama, I don't know. Unless it's because of their jealousy that Obama did what they couldn't do by actually killing the bastard behind the 9/11 attacks.