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Obama WH Doublespeak of the Day: The ‘War on Terror’ is Over (but the ‘Overseas Contingency Plan’ has just begun)
Jake Tapper, Teddy Davis, and Kirit Radia report: Is there a war on the term “War on Terror”? Apparently not. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to the story. After days of confusion and denial about whether the Obama administration was officially no longer using the term “War on Terror,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the Obama administration is no longer speaking of a “War on Terror.” “I haven’t gotten any directive about using it or not using it. It’s just not being used,” said Clinton during a briefing with reporters aboard her plane to the Hague to attend an international conference on Afghanistan. “The administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself,” she said at a different point during her trip. “Obviously.” The discontinuation of the term “War on Terror” marks a departure from the practice of the Bush administration which began using the phrase in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Many in the international community take issue with the term, finding it overly broad. The story began after the Washington Post’s Al Kamen obtained an e-mail from an official  in the Office of Security Review, Dave Reidel, saying that, “This Administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ (GWOT). Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’


March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Imperial Hubris

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