Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Perhaps the Obama Administration Will Refer to Al Qaeda/Taliban Fighters as Community Organizers

Speaking with reporters yesterday in The Hague at a UN backed conference on Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Obama Administration has stopped using the phrase "war on terror."

Of course, this undercuts Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, who in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on March 19th said the United States was engaged in the war on terror.

Now, not everyone was enamored with the phrase "war on terror." Back in August 2002, Daniel Pipes called for a redefinition of the "war on terror" stating, "It's not a war on terror, it's not a war on Islam. It's a war on a terroristic interpretation of Islam, militant Islam, Islamism radical Islam, call it what you will."

But if the Obama Administration is unwilling to refer to al Qaeda or Taliban fighters as "enemy combatants" he is certainly not going to speak of militant or radical Islam.

So what term will the Obama Administration use instead of "war on terror?"

Perhaps the Obama Administration could simply call al Qaeda and Taliban fighters "community organizers."

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