Obama Team Afraid to Mention 'Radical Islam' They keep downplaying terrorists' jihadist connections By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 8, 2010 11:30 AM CDT 131 comments Comments A file photo of Faisal Shahzad. (AP Photo/Orkut.com, File) (Newser) – The Weekly Standard rips into the Obama administration's anti-terror record in a scathing new essay. Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn accuse the administration of failing to detect three plots beforehand (Times Square, the Christmas Day attempt, and Fort Hood), taking credit for dumb luck when two of the attempts failed, and trying hard to minimize the significance of each attack and the suspects' "connections to the global jihadist network." In fact, "the most striking thing about all three attacks is not what we heard, but what we haven’t heard. There has been very little talk about the global war that the Obama administration sometimes acknowledges we are fighting and virtually nothing about what motivates our enemy: radical Islam," they write.