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Stephen L. Carter

Bring Back the Department of War

Where does it come from, this Orwellian insistence on not calling the things we do in war things we do in war? 
At least the Pentagon literally has five sides.
At least the Pentagon literally has five sides.

Not content with fighting over whether to call the war on Islamic State a war, and whether to call Islamic State the enemy, we are now arguing whether to call Islamic State Islamic State.

Ah, the words of war. War has never brought out the best in the language. This administration, like its predecessor, is prosecuting its war that isn't a war under the authority of a declaration of war that isn't a declaration of war but an "Authorization for the Use of Military Force." (In keeping with this dubious approach, the dollar costs of these wars that are not wars are not carried on our budget that isn't a budget.)