Politico‘s Ben Smith with a key observation on Barack Obama’s terrorism speech:

Also absent from the speech is any reference to “Islamic terrorism,” “Islamism,” or “Islamofacism” — the buzzwords of those who see a global conflict between the West and a specifically Muslim insurgency.

Right. Smith also notes (as does an aggrevied Katherine Jean-Lopez) that Obama didn’t use the phrase “war on terror.” Obviously, on this score it’s John Edwards who got the ball rolling and deserve credit for breaking the taboo, but it’s good to see further forward progress on this front, especially since Obama gave a speech that could hardly be accused of ignoring the reality of terrorism, as opposed to the right’s conceptual terrorism-related mirages.