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Obama’s Lexicon

So Obama studiously avoids the word terrorism.

Madeleine Albright erased rogue regimes; they became states of concern.

More recently, we abandoned the global war on terrorism; it became overseas contingency operations.

Alas, if we change the term, the world does not become a better place.  Diplomats may want to change the lexicon, but the problem is not the words, it is the phenomenon.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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