Two weeks ago, the Military Times reported that the House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) had decided to stop using the phrase “global war on terror” in committee budget documents.
The decision should not have been controversial: President Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers have all stated that the “global war on terror” is misnamed.
But conservatives saw a chance to smear their political opponents and couldn’t resist. Vice President Cheney said that Skelton exhibited “flawed thinking” and was “dead wrong on this.” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) decried the “absurd effort to deny the fact that America is battling terrorism on a global scale.” The Republican National Committee claimed that Skelton was “taking policy advice from Rosie O’Donnell.”
Yesterday, the British Government announced that it would no longer use the phrase “war on terror”
The British government has decided it will no longer use the phrase “War on Terror” because it gives militant groups a shared identity.
International Development Secretary Hilary Benn said the phrase strengthens militant groups by making them feel part of something “bigger,” Sky News reported Monday.
“In the U.K., we do not use the phrase ‘War on Terror’ because we can’t win by military means alone, and because this isn’t us against one organized enemy with a clear identity and a coherent set of objectives,” he said.
So when will Cheney, Boehner, and the RNC turn their attacks on the British? Despite multiple calls, we’ve received no response from Boehner’s office or the RNC. Maybe our readers will have better luck. Here’s their contact info:
Capitol switchboard: (800) 828-0498
Direct line: (202) 225-6205
Republican National Committee
Direct line: (202) 863-8500
Let us know what you hear in the comments section.