So, Jennifer Rubin and Cliff May think that the Islamic State is both Islamic and a state. They think the president was wrong or naive to say otherwise. The questions to ask here and simple and have nothing to do with the literal truth of the president’s assertion.
The questions are: why is it important to Rubin and Lee that the Islamic State be considered an Islamic state, and why is it important to the president that it not be considered an Islamic state?
Once you arrive at the answers you will immediately realize that the president was showing his intelligence and Rubin and May are showing their bigotry.