What's in a name? Bushmen want to rechristen "war on terror"

class=img_thumbleft>They want something less militaristic-sounding and more hearts-and-minds-ish, report Schmitt and Shanker in today's NYT:

"In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the nation's senior military officer have spoken of 'a global struggle against violent extremism' rather than 'the global war on terror,' which had been the catchphrase of choice. Administration officials say that phrase may have outlived its usefulness, because it focused attention solely, and incorrectly, on the military campaign." [Read the Times story.]

The "global struggle against violent extremism"? That will make for some dreary cable news logos. Is there nothing sexier they can find? A recent poll suggests one alternative that 6 in 10 Americans might find more amenable.

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