In my last post, I erroneously referred to a "War on Terror." The West is, in fact, currently engaged in a "global struggle against violent extremism."
Yes, the Bush administration, having apparently received the CBC memo on this subject, has rebranded the notorious W.O.T.:
In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the nation's senior military officer have spoken of "a global struggle against violent extremism" rather than "the global war on terror," which had been the catchphrase of choice. Administration officials say that phrase may have outlived its usefulness, because it focused attention solely, and incorrectly, on the military campaign.I'm not holding my breath for any apologies to the Ceeb from the "Call a spade a spade!" chorus...
Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Press Club on Monday that he had "objected to the use of the term 'war on terrorism' before, because if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution." He said the threat instead should be defined as violent extremists, with the recognition that "terror is the method they use."