The aftermath of the Paris terror attacks has raised fresh questions over the words “radical Islam,” a term Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic presidential candidates refused to use in Saturday night’s debate.

“I don’t think we’re at war with Islam,” Hillary had said. “I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists.”

But by rejecting the term, Clinton was going back on previous remarks, the hosts of “Outnumbered” said on Monday.

Clinton has, in fact, used the term before, Andrea Tantaros said.


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“She walked that back because of the context, because the environment she was in, where nobody was willing to call it that,” said Sandra Smith.

The Democrats’ refusal to use the term has left critics wondering whether semantics “actually matter,” Smith added.

General Jack Keane, Fox News’ Military Analyst, weighed in, saying, “Words do truly matter.”

“Radical Islam… will define much of our national security policy for the first half of the 21st century, much as Communist ideology defined the latter part of the 20th century,” he said.

“And what is outrageous, for the last seven years, we’ve been unwilling to name it, we’ve been unwilling to define it, we’ve been unwilling to understand it,” Keane continued.

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