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Friday, June 03, 2005

George Orwell's War on Terror: Repurposed to War on Extremism

What do you do when the war falls out of disfavor? Change the name of the war.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Meyers is closely following the White House lead: Renaming the war on terror to . . . " something more catchy.

It's no longer a war. It's a conflict.

It' no longer against terror, but against violent extremism.

Does this mean the Pentagon is going to clamp down on extremists in the US Military who suggest, "If you're not a Christian you're Satan's spawn?"

Update: Jul/Aug 2005

Late in July 2005 two months after this blog was completed, the NYT and LA Times ran a piece on the same subject.

Apparently it was "news" in July 2005, but "yawn" in June, 60 days earlier.

Where were they when this first came out two months ago?

Update: 4 Aug 2005

They can't get the name right

  • Poor coordination

  • Communication problem

  • Distracted by impeachment, grand jury, and indictments

  • Investigations into alleged war crimes is a distration for the head of state; perhaps he should step aside so that we can continue forward.

    Bush contradicts advisors

    August 4, 2005

    President Makes It Clear: Phrase Is 'War on Terror'

    GRAPEVINE, Tex., Aug. 3 - President Bush publicly overruled some of his top advisers on Wednesday in a debate about what to call the conflict with Islamic extremists, saying, "Make no mistake about it, we are at war."

    Looks like not everyone is clear on that, Mr-I'm-under-the-grand-jury-miscroscope-in-Chicago.