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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Obama's New Term for the 'War on Terror': CVE

Sorry Uncle Sam - It's not the "War on Terror" anymore.  We've know that since Obama took office. He does not see it as a "war," and he certainly won't allow "War against Islamic Extremism" to be used, or the "War against Islamic Jihadists." But Marc Ambinder has picked up on the Obama Administration's new euphemism to keep from stating the obvious - "Countering Violent Extremism:"

The Atlantic
If you blinked, you might have missed it. The Obama administration has unofficially rebranded "war on terror" phrase that dominated public discourse throughout the Bush administration. The replacement phrase, carefully chosen, is "CVE" -- Countering Violent Extremism.

Early in the administration, the Office of Management and Budget changed the wording of the line item under which the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were funded. They called it "Overseas Contingency Operations." That phrase was never intended to be for public consumption (and public ridicule), but burrowed bureaucrats leaked it to the press, a field day was had.

Countering Violent Extremism is noticeable for two words that aren't there: some variant of "jihad," which is the preferred predicate for counter-terrorism-fighting conservatives, and "war," which is because the administration has put de-radicalization alongside the Predator drones as  a primary instrument of combat.  No mention of Islam, of course. That's because the administration wants to try and decouple the notion of combating terrorism from the Muslim faith itself. . . .MORE

I feel much safer knowing we are CVE instead of facing Radical Islamic Jihadists who are determined to destroy us.


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