Against President Obama's backdrop of bowing to the Saudi King, berating Israel, Mirandizing terrorists, and voluntarily reducing US nuclear capabilities, the United States Administration has now made a decision to ban words such as "jihad" and "Islamic extremism" from the US National Security Strategy. But will this cleansing of national security vocabulary be effective in making America safer?
Last month it was announced that President Obama's advisors will remove all religious terms from the central National Security Strategy document, an instructive document on preventive war strategy. The purpose of the removal of these terms is to send a message to Muslim nations that America does not view them through the eyes of terrorism. The change constitutes a significant shift in US strategy. Under President Bush, the same document expressed the view that "militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the 21st century." Now however, it appears that in the context of US national security, any discussion of Islam is verboten.