War is not a matter of rhetoric. Banter that “we remain a nation at war” is no more meaningful than claptrap about being at “war” with poverty or drugs. Many of us have long objected to the term “War on Terror” exactly because it is rhetoric that ducks identification of an actual enemy. As such, it invites such dubious mission creep as “Islamic democracy”–building in Afghanistan and elsewhere. If, in going to war, you don’t focus on the defeat of a concretely identified human enemy, all manner of foolishness can become policy under the guise of defeating a rhetorical abstraction such as “terror.”
We remain a nation at war, but the focus of the war is on destroying what few individual liberties remain to the American people.
The phony “War on Terror” (along with its malevolent brothers, the War on Drugs, the War on Violence, and the War on Racism), are nothing more than scams constructed to enable and further advance the War on Liberty.