Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Orwellian Makeover Time

Quietly trying to change slogans on the "War on Terror": a term we should have never started using in the first place, since terror is a perennial in warfare, like a war on unpreparedness, or sloth:
The Bush administration is retooling its slogan for the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, pushing the idea that the long-term struggle is as much an ideological battle as a military mission, according to senior administration and military officials.

In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the country's top 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 the earlier phrase may have outlived its usefulness, because it focused attention solely, and incorrectly, on the military campaign.

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