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Does Bush Think His New Joint Chiefs Chairman Is ‘Na¯ve’?

By Satyam Khanna

"Does Bush Think His New Joint Chiefs Chairman Is ‘Na¯ve’?"

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In May, former senator John Edwards (D-NC) said that “war on terrorism” is a “slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe.” During a press conference, Bush attacked critics of the phrase, calling them “naive“:

This notion about how this isn’t a war on terror in my view is na¯ve. It doesn’t reflect the true nature of the world in which we live, you know?

Watch it:

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Al Kamen reports today that incoming Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike McMullen is also opposed to the use of the words “global war on terror“:

Seems the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Michael Mullen, has banned the use of the phrase “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) and has prohibited using it “in any future correspondence,” according to a Sept. 27 e-mail from a Mullen aide.

Vice President Cheney has also ripped critics of the “war on terror” nameplate. After House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) objected to the use of the phrase, Vice President Cheney said Skelton exhibited “flawed thinking” and was “dead wrong on this.

But in reality, even President Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers have stated that the “global war on terror” is misnamed.

The administration continues to flaunt the phrase “global war on terror.” Will President Bush and Dick Cheney attack their new Joint Chiefs chairman as “na¯ve” and “dead wrong?”

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