In case you missed it, the term “war on terror” is apparently no more. The Bush administration has quietly retired the term in favor of the less marketable “struggle against violent extremism.” While it may not roll off the tongue as easily, avoiding the term “war” apparently counters the ultimate expectation that we are going to “win” swiftly. A struggle sounds like something that should go on for a long time, and given the increase in recent terrorism in the U.K., Egypt, and of course Iraq, Bush officials clearly needed to backtrack. I’d imagine focus groups and pollsters were employed to get just the right language for the new catchphrase….
“We need to dispute both the gloomy vision and offer a positive alternative,” National Security Advisor Steven Hadley was quoted as saying yesterday, in the New York Times