Saturday, August 15, 2015

VP Joe Biden: Chattanooga gunman a perverted jihadist

Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called the slaying of four Marines and a sailor at a Chattanooga reserve center the act of a "perverted jihadist." He made the comments at a memorial to the five servicemen killed in last month's shooting rampage.

"These perverse ideologues, warped theocrats, they may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act, but they can never, never threaten who we are.

"When this perverted jihadist struck, everyone responded," Biden said.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said a "combination of disturbed mind, violent extremism and hateful ideology" was behind the shooting.

"The few who threaten or incite harm to Americans -- violent extremists or terrorists, wherever they are -- will surely, very surely, no matter how long it takes, come to feel the long arm and the hard fist of justice," Carter said.

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