don't mention the GWOT

No more "Global War on Terror" (but hold your hurrahs for now)

The Military Times headline today says, "No more GWOT, House Committee decrees". It goes on:

The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.

This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee’s Democratic leadership doesn’t like the phrase.

A memo for the committee staff, circulated March 27, says the 2008 bill and its accompanying explanatory report that will set defense policy should be specific about military operations and “avoid using colloquialisms.”

But, wait for the best bit:

If you are a reader of the Harry Potter books, you might describe this as the war that must not be named,” said a Republican aide.

Language and IR, folks! And, Harry Potter

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