But before president Bush spoke of War on Terror, he spoke about the war on Islamofascism. That was a short lived label, after so much pressure from the Democrats and Muslim groups, he changed it to the innocuous sounding WOT. Obama picked up from there, so much so, that the words Islam and Muslim became alien to the official language describing the enemy.
NOTE: We shall see if Romney, as president, will continue to use these words, with great interest. It will be interesting and telling to see whether the use of jihadists outlasts his first term.
Romney tags jihadists as enemy, marking shift from Obama, Bush
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney identified “jihadists” as the enemy facing the United States in the Middle East, marking a sharp rhetorical contrast with U.S. defense policy in place since 2001.
“We’re going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the — the world of Islam and other parts of the world, reject this radical violent extremism,” Romney said, highlighting the link between Islam and terrorism.
“We can’t kill our way out of this mess … The right course for us is to make sure that we go after the — the people who are leaders of these various anti-American groups and these — these jihadists, but also help the Muslim world,” Romney said.