Did you notice in the bit I quoted that it’s no longer “terrorism” but “transnational extremist violence” we’re fighting?
I’m guessing that’s the writer as it wasn’t in quotes. But even so that’s not the ‘official’ PC phrase. The writer better check his liberal play book.
I'd rather be blunt about it - these are idealistic, Wilsonian campaigns to trade thousands of American lives and trillions in American treasure for the mere hope that the supposedly transformative powers of democracy will turn large groups of savage neolithic moron thugs into temperate, classically liberal, peaceful societies that will no longer attack America or its allies (ally?) just because they will all get to decide the next few of their leaders by ballot before eventually electing another democracy-ending dictator to offer them the chance at achieving what they almost universally accept will be the Final Solution to all of their problems - all presented under the rubric of "national security" because even the brain-addled sheeple who demand tons magical solutions to problems (like "free everything for everyone forever") retain enough cognitive ability to render a direct appeal to Wilsonianism electorally infeasible. American foreign policy has been the playground of idealists since the early 20th Century, and now we are finally seeing a truthful linguistic evolution for the terms used in the promotion of Wilsonian idiocy.