Newsweek Magazine Declassified blog reports not long after President Obama took office, he unofficially put an end to a favorite phrase of his predecessor: the “global war on terror.” True, George W. Bush used it so much that GWOT, as it became known in Washington, had largely lost its impact. But it got the job done and Obama had yet to find a tough, pithy replacement. Until now.
In a speech today before a conference on post-9/11 intelligence-reform efforts, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair didn’t once utter the words “global war on terror.” But at least twice he talked about the administration’s efforts at “countering violent extremism.”
Blair’s aides had no immediate comment on how the intel czar came to use the catchphrase.