News flash!

What are the war cheerleaders going to do? Where will they turn for the appropriate turn of phase now that the Bush administration has announced that the term “war on terror” will be phased out for more nuanced language.

“As the struggle evolves some of the language will evolve as well,” a senior Administration official said. ” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, said this week that he “objected to the use of the term ‘war on terrorism’ because if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution”. The solution, he offered, was “more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military”.

Let’s give the Bush administration a head start in picking more hilariously simplistic terminology. Suggestions in comments. Allow me to start:

“Battle against hypocritical Western nations determined to play the friendship card when it suits – ie. Uzbekistan – and the scary face when it doesn’t”;

“Really aggressive stance against Islamic fundamentalism and a less aggressive stance against US-backed militias in Iraq”; and

“The right has won, the left has lost and the military budget should increase even further. Soldier on! Let’s militarise space.”

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