...the "Global War on Terror" has been renamed the "Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism."
According to the New York Times:
In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the nation's senior military officer have spoken of "a global struggle against violent extremism" rather than "the global war on terror," which had been the catchphrase of choice. Administration officials say that phrase may have outlived its usefulness, because it focused attention solely, and incorrectly, on the military campaign.
Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Press Club on Monday that he had "objected to the use of the term 'war on terrorism' before, because if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution." He said the threat instead should be defined as violent extremists, with the recognition that "terror is the method they use."
Although the military is heavily engaged in the mission now, he said, future efforts require "all instruments of our national power, all instruments of the international communities' national power." The solution is "more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military," he concluded.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/26/politics/26strategy.html?oref=login (free registration required)
Funny, last year the Washington Times reported this:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry said yesterday that
he will treat the war on terror "primarily" as law-enforcement action
even as he pledged to remain committed to Iraq and to personally plead
for international help in policing and rebuilding that nation.
"In order to know who they are, where they are, what they're planning and be able to go get them before they get us, you need the best intelligence, best law-enforcement cooperation in the world," the Massachusetts senator said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I will use our military when necessary, but it is
not primarily a military operation. It's an intelligence-gathering,
law-enforcement, public-diplomacy effort," he said. "And we're putting
far more money into the war on the battlefield than we are into the war
of ideas. We need to get it straight."
Marc Racicot, chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign, said Mr. Kerry's formula won't work.
"Serving terrorists with legal papers will not win this war. This is a pre-9/11 attitude that turns a blind eye to the threats that face our country," he said.
So, who was right? Hmmm....