Andrew C. McCarthy: Obama afraid to call it a ‘war on terror’


Andrew C. McCarthy: Obama afraid to call it a ‘war on terror’

By: Andrew C. McCarthy
OpEd Contributor
May 24, 2010

Part one of a three-part series

President Obama’s administration has been roundly ridiculed, and deservedly so, for its aversion to the language of war — indeed, for the word war itself. From the Bush language purge, though, it was but a short hop to this sorry destination. Short and inevitable.

Saul Alinsky, Obama’s community-organizing inspiration, waxed at length about language in “Rules for Radicals,” about the power of words to inspire … or to enervate.

The president learned his lessons well: bloodless prolixity deftly imposed from who knows where within Leviathan’s sprawl. It was not the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or even the National Intelligence Directorate but the Office of Management and Budget that advised the Pentagon that the word war is now out.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-afraid-to-call-it-a-_war-on-terror_-94700279.html#ixzz0oqksWhCA

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