Clinton: Term “War On Terror” Is History


obama2The phrase “global war on terror” is finished, at least as far as  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is concerned. The top U.S. diplomat told reporters today that the Obama administration has quit using that line to describe the effort to fight terrorism around the world.  “The administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself,” Clinton said. Clinton spoke as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings. The phrase “war on terror” is widely disliked in Europe and elsewhere overseas, where even close U.S. allies suggested it was overly militaristic and perhaps counterproductive.

It is also now associated with a range of Bush-era policies such as harsh interrogation practices that President Barack Obama has pledged to abandon.

Clinton was asked about the phrase as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings. She said the absence of the “war on terror” language speaks for itself. Pundits have noted the absence, but top administration figures have had little to say on the subject before now.

“I haven’t heard it used. I haven’t gotten any directive about using it or not using it, it’s just not being used,” Clinton said.

Then-President George W. Bush used the phrase as a rallying cry after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration said that it was abandoning another one of Mr. Bush’s key phrases: enemy combatant.

The Justice Department said in legal filings that it will no longer use the term to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

{WFIR/ Newscenter}


  1. is there anybody intelligent in Washington these days
    i mean i can understand that they want to draw a line between them and bush’s unpopularity but shouldn’t other considerations take precedence
    like the fact that there are still far to many terrorists for ANY COUNTRY to feel immune
    and these europeans how many times does each country have to be hit b4 they realize that the fanatical nut jobs that they enthusiastically support aren’t their friends

  2. We have to be polite to terrorists – we don’t want to insult them, or make them feel like we don’t like them – their feelings might get hurt – I think we should start sending cards to terrorists – Just thinking of you! – Wishing you were Here! – Maybe then the terrorists will like us – and if they don’t – maybe we should give them our homes or our countries…..we just have to keep trying to ingratiate ourselves to them!