Not a “war on terror.” And heavens to betsy, certainly not a war of defense against global jihad and Islamic supremacism. “Joe Biden dumps ‘war on terror’ in global PR move,” by Nile Gardiner in the Telegraph blogs, February 9 :
In further confirmation that the Obama Administration has dropped the phrase “war on terror”, Vice President Joe Biden completely left it out of his major foreign policy address at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
In a rather dull and weak-kneed speech, Biden spoke in soft terms of “a shared struggle against extremism”, and of “a small number of violent extremists (who) are beyond the call of reason,” as well as the need to seek with the Muslim world “a new way forward based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” There was no indication given of the sheer scale of the global battle against al-Qaeda and its partners, and the followers of Osama Bin Laden were mentioned just once – only within the context of Afghanistan.
President Obama’s decision to abandon the phrase “war on terror” sends the wrong signal to al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists groups. America and her allies are engaged in a long-term global war against a vicious enemy that seeks the free world’s destruction, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or in the cities of Europe and the United States. This is hardly the time to be engaging in a cynical PR exercise which will only serve to soften America’s image in the eyes of its worst enemies.