Is the War on Terror Really a War?

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General Richard Myers, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Press Club he never liked the phrase "war on terror," preferring "struggle against violent extremism." When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld began using that language too, he was accused of "defeatism" by neoconservative hawks. President Bush put an end to the argument by reverting back to the "war on terror." The rhetorical debate has been a hot-button topic in Washington for the past two weeks. We speak with experts in international security and defense, and an aide to former Secretary of State George Schultz about how the argument got started, and how President Bush has resolved it. (An extended version of this program aired earlier today on To the Point.)
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton