Rep. Steve Chabot says Boston Marathon bombers were Islamic jihadists

Republican criticizes 'political correctness'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican from Westwood, says the Boston Marathon bombers were radical Islamic jihadists and criticizes President Barack Obama for not coming out and saying so.

"President Barack Obama has gone to great lengths to avoid calling them such.  So, I've blogged this week about the bombings, and am very blunt about the kind of enemy we are facing as a nation," Chabot said in an e-mail.

On his blog, Chabot says, "It really shouldn't surprise us.  Back in 2009, when Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter and follower of al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, shot and killed 13 of his fellow military personnel (and an unborn child) while screaming "allahu akhbar" (god is great), rather than accurately labeling it terrorism, the Obama Administration insisted on calling it "workplace violence."

"Now two Islamic jihadists in Boston kill three innocent civilians and a police officer ... and once again this President goes to absurd lengths to not call our enemy by its true name – radical Islamic jihadism.  We will never defeat this enemy if political correctness does not allow us to call it what it is."

Read Chabot's entire blogpost at

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