Theodore's World: Obama's New Term for the 'War on Terror': CVE "Countering Violent Extremism"

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May 21, 2010

Obama's New Term for the 'War on Terror': CVE "Countering Violent Extremism"

Obama's New Term for the 'War on Terror': CVE

It's not the "War on Terror" anymore. We've know that since Obama took office. He does not see it as a "war," and he certainly won't allow "War against Islamic Extremism" to be used, or the "War against Islamic Jihadists." But Marc Ambinder has picked up on the Obama Administration's new euphemism to keep from stating the obvious - "Countering Violent Extremism:"

The New Term for the War on Terror

The Atlantic

If you blinked, you might have missed it. The Obama administration has unofficially rebranded "war on terror" phrase that dominated public discourse throughout the Bush administration. The replacement phrase, carefully chosen, is "CVE" -- Countering Violent Extremism.

Early in the administration, the Office of Management and Budget changed the wording of the line item under which the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were funded. They called it "Overseas Contingency Operations." That phrase was never intended to be for public consumption (and public ridicule), but burrowed bureaucrats leaked it to the press, a field day was had.

Countering Violent Extremism is noticeable for two words that aren't there: some variant of "jihad," which is the preferred predicate for counter-terrorism-fighting conservatives, and "war," which is because the administration has put de-radicalization alongside the Predator drones as a primary instrument of combat. No mention of Islam, of course. That's because the administration wants to try and decouple the notion of combating terrorism from the Muslim faith itself. BTW: when I first heard the phrase, I assumed it stood for "combating violent extremism." But no -- the word combat denotes military action only -- Obama's approach combines hard and soft power.

The phrase first appears to have been used in public by the director of national intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.), and its utterance was picked up by Newsweek.

Though there hasn't been any formal announcement, folks in the counteterrorism business are now using CVE in the same way they used GWOT -- Global War On Terror just five years ago.


Wild Thing's comment........

They are wasting their time in coming up with stupid terminology for the war rather than crushing the evil of islamic terrorism. They think that they can win the war by coming up with a certain "buzzword".

God bless our brave troops who are fighting and dying for our freedom and our way of life. They need our prayers now more than ever because they are under the command of this totally incompetent, stupid, and weak Obama regime.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 21, 2010 07:50 AM


So now we are back to being policemen. With restrictive rules of engagement, and to add insult to injury, Courageous Restraint, Generate more casualties.

Posted by: Mark at May 21, 2010 02:40 PM

Mark, well said, thanks for your input.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 22, 2010 04:16 AM

CVE is already commited.Navy term for Escort Carrier WW2.sank many jap/german subs.hummm,supose we could send one to sink ho-bama and his wolfpack?

Posted by: Chief at May 22, 2010 09:40 AM