RNC Attacks President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Gen. Richard Myers

A new research document put out by the RNC Research Department proclaims:

House Dems Take Policy Advice From Rosie O’Donnell And Ban Use Of “War On Terror”

The document comes in response to a Military Times article which reports that the House Armed Services Committee has said it will stop using the phrase “global war on terror” in an effort to “avoid using colloquialisms” and instead focus its language on military operations.

Rosie O’Donnell’s views are irrelevant to the decision by the House Armed Services Committee. The Bush administration has itself tried but failed to rename the “global war on terror” as “a global struggle against violent extremism.” In scrapping use of the GWOT phrase, the Committee has taken action long promoted by President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers:

President Bush:

We actually misnamed the war on terror, it ought to be the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world.” [Link]

Donald Rumsfeld:

“I don’t think I would have called it the war on terror. … Why do I say that? Because the word ‘war’ conjures up World War II more than it does the Cold War. It creates a level of expectation of victory and an ending within 30 or 60 minutes of a soap opera. It isn’t going to happen that way. Furthermore, it is not a ‘war on terror.’ Terror is a weapon of choice for extremists who are trying to destabilize regimes and (through) a small group of clerics, impose their dark vision on all the people they can control. So ‘war on terror’ is a problem for me.” [Link]

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers:

“General Richard 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 extremism, with the recognition that ‘terror is the method they use.'” [Link]

Apparently, the RNC pays more attention to Rosie O’Donnell than it does to President Bush.

UPDATE: The National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez calls the RNC attack “smooth.”

UPDATE II: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) issues the following statement: “The attempt by Democrats to erase the words ‘global’ and ‘terror’ from our current war is an absurd effort to deny the fact that America is battling terrorism on a global scale.”