- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 14, 2010


When things aren’t going well, one can always change the frame of reference, or in “Obamaspeak,” the narrative (“Obama’s jihad on ‘jihad,’ ” Opinion, Thursday).

Early on in his administration, impelled, no doubt, by his much-ballyhooed pledge to change “how Washington works,” we learned that the War on Terror had become a series of “overseas contingency operations.” Now we are told that Islamist terrorists are really just violent extremists, interchangeable with extremists of other ideologies, as if the religion-drenched doctrines they espouse are somehow irrelevant.

Wenow also learnthat social programs and alternative narratives will be new weapons in our conflict with the beheaders andimprovised explosive device engineers. I guess the high achievers devising our tactics have seen how well social programs and alternative narratives have worked in our inner cities.

These changes are dangerous, for language is important, as are facts. When we camouflage the truth with politically-correct shibboleths, we weaken our ability to deal effectively with the threat. These new approaches are nothing more than Brownian motion and lead to interpreting meaningless change as progress.



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