Well, Obama has declared the so called War on Terrorism over. I don't know if this signals a larger change in policy, but it is nice to see some of
the inflamatory language racheted down.
From the article in The Globe and Mail (www.theglobeandmail.com...
The “global war on terrorism” is over and calling it that was a bad idea, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser said Thursday.
The phrase, coined by former president George W. Bush and often rendered in Washington speak as GWOT (pronounced “gee whot”) enraged many of his
critics who argued that it was impossible to wage war on a tactic (or a noun). Mr. Obama has studiously avoided the phase and Thursday, John Brennan,
the top White House adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism, explained why.
In his first public speech, the veteran CIA agent said that the shift is more sweeping than a change in vocabulary and that it reflects the
President's broad philosophical approach.
“The President does not describe this as a 'war on terrorism,' ” Mr. Brennan said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies. “That is because terrorism is but a tactic, a means to an end, which in al-Qaeda's case is global domination by an Islamic caliphate.
Confusing ends and means is dangerous, because by focusing on the tactic, we risk floundering among the terrorist trees while missing the growth of
the extremist forest.”
Similarly, Mr. Brennan said, Mr. Obama “does not describe this as a global war, believing it makes al-Qaeda too big and important.
“Describing our efforts as a global war only plays into the warped narrative that al-Qaeda propagates. It plays into the misleading and dangerous
notion” that the United States is fighting “the very image that al-Qaeda seeks to project of itself – that it is a highly organized, global
entity capable of replacing sovereign nations with a global caliphate.”
[edit on 7-8-2009 by Silenceisall]