Thursday, December 23, 2004
Extreme Meme Alert
Apparently someone at the Pentagon or in the Bush administration has been very busy this holiday season. They seem to have grown tired of using the words "war on terror" so they assigned someone to come up with a new moniker: it's now referred to as the "war against extremism". In the simply named Defense Department Operational Update Briefing given by Secy. Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chair Richard Myers yesterday, they referred to the "extremists", "extremism", the "war on/against extremism" and my personal favorite, the "global struggle against extremism" a total of eleven times, while poor old "terror" scored a measly five. Both men seem to have adopted the term, so I'll keep an eye on other adminstration officials to try and track the spread of this meme. Could be fun!