Adam Serwer asks if the Obama administration can successfully divorce terrorism from religion.
For two painful minutes this spring, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to blame "radical Islam" for terrorism. Rep. Lamar Smith prodded Holder over and over during the May House Judiciary Committee hearing, but Holder wouldn't budge.
"There are a variety of reasons I think people have taken these actions," Holder said.
"Could radical Islam been one of the reasons?" Smith insisted.
"There are a variety of reasons why…."
"But was radical Islam one of them?"
"There are a variety of reasons people are doing these things…."