It took several years for the Bush administration to finally come out with a cogent strategy for the War on Terror. After years of trying to frighten the masses into submission, they have recognized that a softer stance might be needed. Mind you this has nothing to do with the war itself, but rather with the accompanying propaganda. You see the Bush Administration has realized that the best way to defeat the insurgents, stem the tide of civil war, and stop the bloodletting, is to, change the name of the war.
The War on Terror has simply outlived its usefulness. This phrase was designed to frighten the masses. The term "war " was used to generate patriotic fervor and get the yellow-ribbon crowd to fight the ideological battles for the administration. It was designed to loan legitimacy to an illegitimate endeavor. Since the public has awoken to the lies that were told to launch this war, there is no longer a positive correlation with using that word. Wars after all can be un-winnable, as this one has rapidly become. Instead, the war is replaced with the more friendly word, "struggle. " Anyone after all can win a struggle. A struggle is softer. It does not generate to hard visions of death that "war " does. A struggle is like an arm wrestling contest. A war is about losing an arm. A struggle is about just trying to get a leg up. A war is about losing a leg. No one dies in a struggle. A war is all about losing your life. The new semantics of the administration will allow the whores of war to continue to push the death, without all the negative connotations. After all, it is just a struggle.
Similarly, the word "terror " has simply outlived its usefulness to this administration. Initially, it was needed desperately to instill public fear, especially after 9-11. It made for scary trailers on the cable news shows. It allowed the pundits to relate any administration need, to terror. It provided us with 24-hour fear. It allowed Bush to push through his Patriot Act, stripping our civil liberties. It allowed Bush to arrest people without providing any judicial balance, by merely designating them an "enemy combatant. " Terror came home to America. We were told to duct tape our windows and spy on our neighbors. The fact is though that people are starting to realize that for all the bravado from Bush, terror has actually gotten worse since this administration took over. More than 500 more incidents occurred last year than any in the previous 19 years. No, the fact is that the word "terror " has become a liability for this administration, especially considering the 2006 elections are closer than you think. If George Bush was to lose either of the houses of Congress, REAL investigations would ensue that would probably result in indictments and impeachment. Bush cannot go into the year 2006 with the word "terror " on everyone 's lips. It takes time to remove from the collective American mind catch phrases which have been hammered into our psyche for so long, so hence the replacement of "terror " with "violent global extremism. "
That term is so much more benign. There is still violence, should anyone question the severity of the situation, but just enough wiggle room to make it seem innocuous when necessary. The word global has to be there so that people may forget that we are actually at war with Iraq. Global implies that it is a struggle against much more than Iraq. It also may be an entre'e into the further global domination plans on Iran and Syria. After all, it is a "global struggle. " The Bush administration needs people to desperately forget about the daily bloodshed in Iraq and is trying to reframe the war as a struggle, and reframe Iraq as a "global " war. The word extremism is used simply to imply that we are normal in our execution of this war, I mean struggle. It is the other guys that are "extreme. " Never mind that we have blown up weddings, annihilated civilians, and tortured people to death, it is the other guy that is extreme. It is designed to lend more credibility to the war, I mean struggle.
So, the War on Terror continues, despite the pathetic attempts to reframe the debate. There is no struggle, it is a war. A struggle is not waged with armies and weapons, a war is. This war is occurring in Iraq, not globally. Every day more of our children are killed in this war in Iraq. To water that down to a global struggle, is an insult to their memories and their families. This is what happens when people who have never had to sacrifice in their lives, talk boldly about sacrifice. This is what happens when a man who could not honor his National Guard duty, screams "bring it on! " for the cameras. He begins to think that the best strategy for stemming the tide of war, is to just stop calling it a war.
Apparently, our Ongoing Battle Against Rampant Stupidity, goes on. Don 't fall for the PR. Don 't be deceived by the new spin and catchy phrases. We are at war. We may be struggling with it, but we are at war. The only thing extreme, is a President who thinks he can turn poll numbers around by rephrasing a war into a struggle. It is a President that thinks the American people are so stupid that they will forget the lies, the treason, and the fact that we are at war because of a failed man, not a failed slogan.