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It Won’t Be Long
The Military Times is reporting the discouraging news that the House Armed Services Committee, now controlled by Democrats, is fussing with the annual budget to expunge such undesirable phrases as “The Global War on Terror” and—here’s a tip of the hat to Tehran—“the long war.” The expurgation memo, composed for committee staffers and circulated on March 27, says that no such “colloquialism” will be permitted.
Neither “long war” nor the “Global War on Terrorism” is such a colloquialism, of course. They are terms of art that describe America’s present military struggles. The former has a long history and the latter has earned universal assent, even though it would be more accurate to name Islamist terror rather than terror in general. But neither is casual, and neither is terribly inaccurate.
The trouble? They’re Bush brands. I am sympathetic to the argument that American foreign policy may need to be purged of the Bush name come mid-January 2009, but the War on Terror—and the fact that it is a long haul burden—are two realities that Democrats have to face. In their recent ascendence, Democrats may be able successfully to frustrate the Iraq War, but the American people will not stand for a retreat to the mindset that treats terrorism as a police problem. In their hysteria, Democrats may be confusing exasperation with President Bush with support for the sort of pinprick terror policies of the Clinton days.
It is hard to believe Americans would endorse anything less than a policy that leads to the snuffing out of Islamist terror. The Democrats probably think otherwise. It won’t be long before we know the fate of the long war.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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