Terror fears permeated GOP week; Dems barely mention them
WASHINGTON - Democrats have barely mentioned the Islamic State through two days of their convention, after terrorism fears permeated Republican speeches a week ago.
That is perhaps a result of IS' emergence from a localized, Middle East insurgency to self-proclaimed caliphate and worldwide terrorism threat during President Barack Obama's time in office. It also reflects a Republican strategy to blame Obama - and, by extension, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton - for allowing the extremist group to expand.
Clinton served as Obama's first-term secretary of state, but was out of government when IS began making territorial advances. She'll have a chance to respond later this week. So far, few have directly addressed Donald Trump's charge in her place.
Instead, they've centered their national security criticism on Trump by calling him rash and irresponsible.