2. when Bill Clinton launched missile attacks against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan and the Sudan in 1998, the term "war on terror" was also used.
3. after the horrible 9/11 attacks the term "war on terror" was used once again, this time George W. Bush said it.
4. Come to think of it, with the various definitions of "terror" maybe there's always been a War On Terror thruout most of history. Fancy cutesy-wutsey terms boost ratings and sell papers. After all, we've had a "War On Drugs", the Cold War ended in 1989, and when I was in the San Francisco Bay area the mayor launched her "War On Graffiti". Then lately some fundies griped about a "War On Christmas" that really ain't happening. Makes certain people look good, I guess. Give me a buzz when the war ends in victory. I'm outta here.
The comically naive and profoundly ironic US government idea that waging a 20 year campaign of aerial bombardment, oppression and genocide against the people of a far-away country will, somehow, quell their previously fictions desire to do you harm.
Widely known to be an excuse to steal oil from and impose military bases within Iraq.
Shock and awe
Tony B Liar
George W Bush
Realist 2: Who said they don't understand irony?