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No War on Terror; No, Wait: I Like To Know What I’m Talking About!

March 26, 2009

I have grown to trust the Washington Post for news.  I don’t always agree with their point of view; but no matter.

The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon sent around an e-mail saying “war on terror” was not to be used anymore in favor of the phrase “overseas contingency operation.”

Now some guy in the Obama Administration is saying: nothing of the sort!  There is no edict to drop “war on terror.”

Who to believe?  The guys that gave us the stimulus and the AIG flail?  Or the Washington Post?

Also, it would be fully in the character of the Obama Administration, based upon what we know so far, to drop the phrase “war on terror.”

On March 13 we reported that President Obama had removed another descriptive term from the U.S. government lexicon.

“Enemy combatant” we were told, was no longer to be spoken.

The banned term joined “terrorists” on the verbally verbotten list.

Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, in Congressional testimony, refused to say the word “terrorists” except when asked about it.

In court filings, the Justice Department said it would no longer use the term “enemy combatant” to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama still asserts the military’s authority to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. But he says that authority comes from Congress and the international laws of war, not from the president’s own wartime power.

It sounds like President Obama is giving up on the “overseas contingency operation” against whoever and those captured guys, well, who knows what to call them?


From AFP

President Barack Obama’s administration denied Wednesday dropping the punchy but controversial phrase “global war on terror” for the less snappy formulation “overseas contingency operation.”

There is no administration-wide edict from the White House Office of Management and Budget mandating the name change, as claimed in a Washington Post report, officials said.

“I sometimes am amused by things that I read in the press. I am not aware of any communication that I’ve had on that topic,” OMB director Peter Orszag told reporters.

According to the newspaper, the OMB had directed the Pentagon to drop the name coined by president George W. Bush for his battle against extremism after the September 11 attacks of 2001.

For critics, the phrase “global war on terror” was emblematic of an approach that was dangerously broad-brushed and which risked alienating the Islamic world.

Its formal omission would be consistent with the Obama administration’s reversal of key Bush policies, including ending the war in Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

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