Same Game, New Name
"The Bush administration is abandoning the phrase "war on terror" to better express the fight against al-Qaeda and other groups as an ideological struggle as much as a military mission.So it's not a change in approach, just a change of name. "What is in a name? Would a rose by any other name, not smell as sweet?" And doesn't this one smell sweet.
In recent days, senior administration figures have been speaking publicly of "a global struggle against the enemies of freedom", and of the need to use all "tools of statecraft" to defeat them. The shift in terms comes at a time when the US public is increasingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq - and sceptical about its links to the fight against terrorism.
One White House official told the BBC the move did not mark a change of approach, but was intended to give a broader perspective to the "evolving nature" of the struggle.
When I first saw this story, I hoped that maybe Bush was admitting a mistake, even if not publically admitting it. But naw, rest assured fearful ones, it's not a change of heart, only of words. I guess it's supposed to fool us. Or comfort us. Gosh, I don't feel fooled or comforted. Wonder why?