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Whip Jihadis Now?

Does the administration’s plan to

rename the “global war on terror” to the

“global struggle against violent extremism” strike anybody else as about the

lamest thing since Jerry Ford’s “Whip Inflation Now” (WIN) campaign in 1974?

Where do I even start with this? For one thing, as the 9/11 Commission

Report said (on page 362), we’re not fighting against a generic evil, we are

fighting against Islamist terrorism (its phrase). To obscure this fact keeps

us from coming up with effective strategies against it. The administration

is afraid to speak the plain truth. How can we fight this war if we’re too

afraid to name the enemy?

Moreover, the Times story today says the new label is meant to convey the

idea that we have to wage an ideological struggle against the Unmentionable

V.E.’s. Here we are four years after 9/11, and it’s just now occurring to

these people that we’re in an ideological war too?! Will we have to wait for

2009 for them to officially notice that the extreme ideology driving the

extremists is Islamic?

Anyway, with a nod to the movie “Heathers,” I think the White House should

send Karen Hughes out to announce the new “Violent Extremism — Don’t Do

It!” campaign. Boy, that’d settle the hash of the splodey-dopes for sure.

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