Unsurprisingly, those unilateralist hawks over at the Weekly Standard are a bit disappointed and are calling this a "War on the 'War on Terror.'"
The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.
This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee’s Democratic leadership doesn’t like the phrase.
A memo for the committee staff, circulated March 27, says the 2008 bill and its accompanying explanatory report that will set defense policy should be specific about military operations and “avoid using colloquialisms.”
The “global war on terror,” a phrase first used by President Bush shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., should not be used, according to the memo. Also banned is the phrase the “long war,” which military officials began using last year as a way of acknowledging that military operations against terrorist states and organizations would not be wrapped up in a few years.
Opposing the War on Terror (cont.)
As I have said before, we need to do more than end the War in Iraq -- we need to end the so-called "Global War on Terror." The Military Times has an interesting report on the use of the term.