While French prime minister Manuel Valls declared yesterday that in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France is engaged in a “war against terror and radical Islam,” Attorney General Eric Holder does not see the conflict in exactly those terms.
George Stephanopolous asked Holder on This Week Sunday morning if he agreed with Valls’ statement: “Is the U.S. at war with radical Islam?”
“Well, I certainly think that we are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith in the way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions,” Holder responded.
“So that’s who we are at — at war with,” he added, noting the U.S. is determined “to take the fight to them to prevent them from engaging in these kinds of activities.”
Holder said that President Obama plans to convene a summit in February to “counter violent extremism” and this “terrorist ideology.”