The war on error

Tracing the administration's zig-zagging branding issues from "War on Terror" to "Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism," and back again, Paperwight adds a new dimension to the commentary.

Typical reaction, he notes, has been either that the disciplined message machine has gone haywire (as Bush overruled other administration figures) or that by moving over to GSAVE, they'd actually adopted John Kerry's preferred language.

Paperwight adds that this flip-flop-flip shows that: "there never really was an actual war on terror, as nothing has changed since that 'war' was declared. The slip in message discipline was a rare moment of deference to reality."

He goes on to point out how the language of war is necessary to provide the legal basis for the imperial presidency, the Patriot Act, torture, the "enemy combatant" fiction and other Bush greatest hits. (Paperwight's Fair Shot via BoPNews)

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