The Obama administration has somewhat quietly gotten rid of the term War On Terror. This is where I usually go on a tirade about what idiots they are, etc, etc.
Truth is I think it's an incredibly bad idea to change the name, I thought it was fine the way it was.
With this said, I cannot work up a huge lather about it. It is a new administration and they have to set their own course.
The reality is that it is only semantics and what they do from here is the real issue.
The reason I think it was a mistake was because of the atmosphere in which it is being done. To say that Obama is changing the way we fight terrorism would be an understatement of biblical proportions.
We are closing Gitmo.
He is reaching out to countries that support terrorism in a naive belief that if we just all understood each other, things would be fine.
They even appear to be getting away from using the word terrorism at all.
Again these are all his prerogative and I would think that if he did not chart his own course, it could be argued that he is not a strong leader.
The problem is that terrorism is not an issue that can be taken lightly. It is quite literally a life or death problem. Decisions made now can effect whether Americans die later.
I think if he were to make one or two of these changes in isolation, it could be viewed as him putting his own mark on the fight.
Making all of these decisions together makes it appear as if we are giving up the fight altogether.
Terrorists do not respect diplomacy. They are the quintessential "bite the hand that feeds them" people.
Like sharks smelling blood in the water, terrorists are drawn to any sign of weakness.
Make no mistake, terrorism is a war and terrorists only respect strength. With the changing of Presidents, now is a pivotal time in our struggle against those who want to harm us. I fear the Obama administration is projecting weakness when it needs to show resolve.