Is It Just Me Or Are the Obama People Not Using the ‘War on Terror’ Phrase Anymore?
Kate’s last post about Eric Holder brings up something that struck me kind of funny, as Bruce Springsteen would say.
Notwithstanding Holder’s language about whether we’ve been at war since before 9/11, Kate tells me she hasn’t heard Holder use the phrase “war on terror” or “war on terrorism” in his hearing. Neither did Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday. And neither did Pentagon picks Bill Lynn, Robert Hale, Michele Flournoy and Jeh Johnson this morning. I admit I didn’t catch Homeland Security Secretary-nominee Janet Napolitano’s hearing today, but this is starting to sound like a trend.
If so, is it a decision coming down from President-elect Barack Obama? Or am I misinterpreting this? I have a line out to the transition to see.
Update: It looks like it’s just me. Ben Smith reported on January 9 — Panetta-rollout-day — that CIA Director-designate Leon Panetta used the term in his prepared statement. Is he the outlier? Ok, ok, I’ll stop.