...busting up my brains for the words

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

GWOT becomes gsave

Signaling further that the Global War On Terror has turned a corner, it's got a new name. The White House is now preferring to call it the Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism. That spells "GSAVE", as in "Global SAVE" or "Save the World" if you want to think of it that way.

In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the country's top military officer have spoken of "a global struggle against violent extremism" rather than "the global war on terror," which had been the catchphrase of choice.

Will the Democrats charge that the Bush White House made a serious mistake in calling it GWOT since 2001? Of course they will. But naturally, I disagree. The benefit of calling it War in the wake of 9/11 was that Islamic Radicalism was at war with America for many years and it was high time we recognized it. There is no better way of declaring war than coming right out and saying so, like Groucho Marx in Duck Soup, "Of course you know this means war!" When al Qaeda's officers were running from cave to cave trying to escape daisycutters or MOAB's from above, it might have been useful for them to know that America was calling this war. Useful, I say, just to be sure they had no doubts over the matter.

There have been signs that the war is now changing its complexion. You can't use a bomb dropped from a B2 to stop the London suicide terrorists. But it would be a mistake for bin Laden to think he's now safe to take a walk in a field while a drone buzzes overhead.

A hellfire missile fired upon Osama would "struggle" his terrorist ass into little, tiny pieces.


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