- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed this week that the war is over. Namely, the death of the term “global war on terrorism.”

Like Sherlock Holmes’ deduction of what didn’t happen from the dog that didn’t bark in “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” observers have noted that former President George W. Bush’s unifying rallying cry after the Sept. 11 attack was anathema in the “I’m OK, you’re OK” world of the Obama administration. After all, the term is disliked overseas and wars are bad. Until now, however, the administration was reluctant to mention it.

Mrs. Clinton, asked Monday about the missing phrase, was only slightly more forthcoming. She said the absence of “war on terror” language speaks for itself.

How can a nation win a war if it can’t call it a war?

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