Good news: Obama administration coins new euphemism for “war on terror”

posted at 9:22 pm on April 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

It’s not as catchy as “man-caused disasters,” which remains my personal favorite.

But I do dig the acronym.

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. Two officials of another government department involved in counterterrorism efforts, who asked for anonymity when discussing internal administration discussions, said that use of the new buzzwords “evolved” from discussions among counterterrorism officials. (The discussions apparently evolved enough that, in typical Washington fashion, insiders have already granted the phrase its own acronym: CVE.)

CVE has been slowly catching on among the Obama crowd. Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s top counterterrorism adviser, used it in testimony he gave to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month. As Benjamin explained it, “The primary goal of countering violent extremism is to stop those most at risk of radicalization from becoming terrorists. Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize the Al Qaeda narrative and, where possible, provide positive alternative narratives.” He added, “We are working hard to develop a variety of CVE programs.”

It’s almost like a code word, or pig latin. No more politically charged references to “Islamic terrorism” that can be exploited in soundbites on Al Jazeera. From now on it’s an ar-way on errorism-tay.

Actually, this reminds me of last night’s non-bombshell about nuclear policy. In both cases, it’s basically the same wine in different bottles and the diplomatic benefit that flows from each will be exceedingly marginal. But from a linguistic standpoint, CVE is arguably less precise than WOT. Both “terror” and “extremism” are amorphous terms infused with subjective considerations, but by qualifying “extremism” with “violent,” it suggests that we’re not trying to counter regular old nonviolent extremism. Which, I thought, was the whole point of “smart power” and the speech in Cairo, etc. — essentially, winning over Muslims who may be nonviolent but who nonetheless believe that America is the Great Satan even though we’re now led by a Jesus-y demigod. The Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb ut-Tahrir are, officially at least, nonviolent Islamist fanatic groups, but we’re still “countering” them too, I hope.

Oh well. At least we remain “at war with Al Qaeda.” I think. Exit question: Can’t we just go back to “man-caused disasters”? You know, like that earthquake that Deepak Chopra caused last week.


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“countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

It’s a process.

12 months from now it will be “People who are not nice”.

artist on April 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

“countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

You beat me to it by two minutes.

GrannyDee on April 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Related parody: CIA Encouraged by Latest Edition of Terrorist Style and Usage Manual http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/04/cia-intercepts-latest-edition-of.html

Mervis Winter on April 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM

People who use the expression “teabaggers” in a derogatory manner should be banned. It is a sexual euphemism and is not appropriate.

andy85719 on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

It’s a process.

12 months from now it will be “People who are not nice”.

artist on April 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Followed by the Mean People Suck Freedom Redistribution Act

Monica on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

words, just words…

daesleeper on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaster.

DrStock on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

But at least twice he talked about the administration’s efforts at “countering violent extremism.”

To-day do we bake, to-morrow we brew
The day after that our world conquest comes in
And oh! We will be so glad that beforehand not enough knew
That the name we am called is Islamostiltskin!

MB4 on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

…but by qualifying “extremism” with “violent,” it suggests that we’re not trying to counter regular old nonviolent extremism. Which, I thought, was the whole point of “smart power” and the speech in Cairo, etc. — essentially, winning over Muslims who may be nonviolent but who nonetheless believe that America is the Great Satan even though we’re now led by a Jesus-y demigod.

You have pointed out yet another Obama contradiction.

Watch your a$$, buddy.

Patrick S on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

andy85719 on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Sorry that I upset your sensibilities.
It was sarcastic.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM

From now on it’s an ar-way on errorism-tay

*Snort* Now that’s funny.

thomasaur on April 6, 2010 at 9:31 PM

countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Does that mean we have to put “teabagger” on our CV`s while looking for new jobs. Or will our CVE file follow us and take care of that.

bluemarlin on April 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

“countering violent extremism.”

Translation: Tea Party, we’re coming for you.

portlandon on April 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM

People who use the expression “teabaggers” in a derogatory manner should be banned. It is a sexual euphemism and is not appropriate.

andy85719 on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Sorry Churchlady.

thomasaur on April 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaster.

DrStock on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

SouthernGent on April 6, 2010 at 9:34 PM

It’s almost like a code word, or pig latin.

Muslims will go crazy if you use pig latin…

ninjapirate on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Okay everyone and I do mean everyone saw the Tea Parties falling into this category.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaster.

DrStock on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Monica on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

How about The Big Misunderstanding? That seems to encapsulate Comrade Zero’s views more closely than “Countering Violent Extremism.”

Cicero43 on April 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Southern Gent, you beat me to it.

I’ve been wondering where you were. Good to see you.

Monica on April 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

“The primary goal of countering violent extremism is to stop those most at risk of radicalization from becoming terrorists. Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize the Al Qaeda narrative and, where possible, provide positive alternative narratives.”

What is the positive alternative narratives?

Christianity? No, I don’t think that’s what they have in mind.
Judaism? No, I really don’t think that’s what they have in mind.
Hinduism? No, something tells me that’s not it.
Atheism? No, I don’t think that’s what they have in mind either.

I know! Islam! But then we are right back where we started.

MB4 on April 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

“countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

CARBON WINS THE F’ING KEWPIE DOLL!! GIVE IT TO THE MAN, NOW!!

budfox on April 6, 2010 at 9:37 PM

. Or will our CVE file follow us and take care of that.

bluemarlin on April 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

That, I think!

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:37 PM

But at least twice he talked about the administration’s efforts at “countering violent extremism.”

Scary for anyone involved in the Tea Party or 9-12 Movement, people who have Don’t Tread on Me flags or Patriotic bummper stickers, church goers, gun owners and Bible clingers, and anyone who is anti-Obama Regime..

Key West Reader on April 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM

“countering violent extremism.”

The next step…

You’re a Repulican?

… You are under arrest!

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

AP youre on fire tonight with the jokes

blatantblue on April 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize…

This sounds exactly like what’s going on at my nieces Middle School.

Tommy_G on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

We’ll start hearing the phrase “violent extremists” interspersed with the words “Tea Party” and “Birthers”. This is part of the liberal playbook.

Philly on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Well, refrain from violence and there should be no problems then ;-)

/s

ernesto on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

BTW, you can mock this all you want but this is a good is a good idea… the Manichaeism(-ist) posture needs to be toned down… it’s good when you’re conquering, but it’s counterproductive when your occupying and building…

ninjapirate on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

CPR for BHO after CVE

blatantblue on April 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

But, “man-caused disasters” was ridiculous…

ninjapirate on April 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

essentially, winning over Muslims who may be nonviolent but who nonetheless believe that America is the Great Satan even though we’re now led by a Jesus-y demigod.

You are sooooo wity and courageous. Thanks for the sad smirk, sad that this carricature is our ‘leader’.

Countering
Violent
Excrement

It’s amateur hour, every second, in Wash. D.C. Sadly, it is that time also at the Pentagon, the CIA, and etc. Terrifying!

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

You betcha!

disa on April 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Good news: Obama administration coins new euphemism for “war on terror”

Because, what really matters in protecting our nation…is picking the right acronym.

I’m betting more time was spent on this that was spent on coming up with a foreign policy and defense policy combined.

AUINSC on April 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

I thought it sounded familiar. CVE is already in use by the US Navy. They’ll have to find another acronym (really an initialism since it’s unpronounceable.)

liberty0 on April 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

If I had been running things post-9/11, the name would have been this:

Global War Against al-Qaeda, Its Affiliates And State-sponsors or GWAAQ (gee-wack) for short.

Vatican Watcher on April 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Needs more sil labbles.

B Man on April 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

The JOKE that is obama gets more absurd by the day…and the strangest of all is he has NO idea he and his admin are increasingly laughed at…not with.

winston on April 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

What’s Obow’s ‘euphemism’?

“We surrender”?

Bah!

Gimme a REAL President of the United States. Then we’ll talk.

If this lame losing joker comes to half of Millard Fillmore, MAYBE I’ll consider him.

Liam on April 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

The primary goal of countering violent extremism is to stop those most at risk of radicalization from becoming terrorists. Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize the Al Qaeda narrative and, where possible, provide positive alternative narratives.”

that earthquake that Deepak Chopra caused last week.

Delusions of grandeur

canditaylor68 on April 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

OT…

But Aaron Klein made an excellent point on the John Batchelor show… how is Israel going to be squeezed with Obama’s new non-proliferation nuke policy?

ninjapirate on April 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Ooh,ooh.
I’ll bet they’ll be mandating kicky,little yellow ‘CVE’ stars to sew on your sleeve if you’re a Tea Partier.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Exsqueeze me? Social programs? Positive narratives? What, no midnight basketball?Are these guys cereal?

azkag on April 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM

CVE?

I thought that stood for Combustible, Vulnerable and Expendable?

Doodad Pro on April 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I’ve been wondering where you were. Good to see you.

Monica on April 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Thanks! I can’t post during the day anymore since I changed jobs (involuntarily). Boo!

SouthernGent on April 6, 2010 at 9:50 PM

ernesto on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

: )

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

it’s good when you’re conquering, but it’s counterproductive when your occupying and building…

ninjapirate on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Got it. The moment we liberated Paris, the word War became passe…

unclesmrgol on April 6, 2010 at 9:53 PM

It’s almost like a code word, or pig latin. No more politically charged references to “Islamic terrorism” that can be exploited in soundbites on Al Jazeera. From now on it’s an ar-way on errorism-tay.

Pig latin!!!! Ya knocked it out of the park, AP!

ladyingray on April 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

It’s amateur hour, every second, in Wash. D.C. Sadly, it is that time also at the Pentagon, the CIA, and etc. Terrifying!

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

At the Pentagon and the CIA they still do sometimes give themselves good advice, but they very seldom follow it.

MB4 on April 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Okay everyone and I do mean everyone saw the Tea Parties falling into this category.

Cindy Munford on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

You have that right.

INC on April 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Good thing the complete jackasses who comprise what’s laughingly referred to as the Obama “administration” work for the government.

Because if they had a job in the private sector, they would have had their heads handed to them on a platter months ago, for utter and complete incompetence.

Good for them – not good for us.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I know! Islam! But then we are right back where we started.

MB4 on April 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Yes, how in the world do you have positive alternative narratives with people who hate you and have expressed their intentions of killing you!

INC on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I cannot wait to see what Robert Spencer will think of this.

INC on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM

All the while, Chopra’s staying safely above the reach of the ongoing quakes. According to his Twitter feed, the guru boarded a plane from California to Denver earlier this morning.

Oh? Is there a lonely widow in Denver he hasn’t bilked yet?

Noel on April 6, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaster.

DrStock on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

HOPE AND CHANGE CORPSE!
Get with it people; The messiah is in charge now!

Cybergeezer on April 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb ut-Tahrir are, officially at least, nonviolent Islamist fanatic groups,

*FACEPALM*

battleoflepanto1571 on April 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Yes, how in the world do you have positive alternative narratives with people who hate you and have expressed their intentions of killing you!

INC on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I cannot wait to see what Robert Spencer will think of this.

INC on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Allah hates you this I know
For the Koran tells me so
Infidels Christians and Jews we bomb
They are weak but we are strong

Yes Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you,
The Koran tells me so.

Allah hates you, you will die
Blow your CVE up to the sky
Say the salat, chop off Robert Spencer and Geert Wilder’s heads,
Eat falafel, go to bed.

Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you!
The Koran tells me so.

Aleph on April 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Nearly all great stands/revolutions/movements could be said to have included “violent extremism” ( violent and extremist from someone’s point of view…especially the loser’s ).

Buddahpundit on April 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM

You beat me to it by half an hour. This is classic nascent fascism, or as Alinsky would put it, “Freeze and destroy your enemies!” In other words, criminalize dissent and declare the Tea Party movement enemies of the state.

countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

You beat me to it by two minutes.

GrannyDee on April 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM

GTR640 on April 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM

like that earthquake that Deepak Chopra caused last week

Hah! I knew it was his fault!

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Are we going to be putting lights by the basketball courts we’ll be building to help them find “postive alternative narratives”?

TubbyHubby on April 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

This sounds like some bad after school special: wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was nice? I had my 13 year old read this, and he goes: how stupid are these people, Mom?

Kristamatic on April 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Well, refrain from violence and there should be no problems then ;-)

/sEIU

ernesto on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

uknowmorethanme on April 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Try the war with radical Islam. We are at war with al Qaeda, but the war is wider than that.

Phil Byler on April 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM

So now that we have CVE, will muslims no longer want to kill us anymore ?

macncheez on April 6, 2010 at 10:23 PM

People who use the expression “teabaggers” in a derogatory manner should be banned. It is a sexual euphemism and is not appropriate.

andy85719 on April 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Exactly. Normalizing this word is a deemonrat/MSM project that would make Goebbels proud. This crap needs to be shut down immediately and always.

DON’T LET THE BASTARDS WIN!

2ipa on April 6, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaste^er

NumberTwo on April 6, 2010 at 10:27 PM

CVE? They left out the “A.”

Connie on April 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

When is the Obama Administration going to publish their dictionary on NewSpeak.

GarandFan on April 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM

When is the Obama Administration going to publish their dictionary on NewSpeak.

GarandFan on April 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM

In November, no matter who wins. He will wait that long as he still thinks his gift will pull them through, at least he is trying to convince them of it still. When he loses he still won`t care about the ones dropped and he will release Obamaspeak.

bluemarlin on April 6, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Ima call our new shiny president a fascist dick-tator…words is funs.

daesleeper on April 6, 2010 at 10:46 PM

You’d have to burn every Koran in the world to truly Counter Violent Extremism.

Since the worst and most tenacious and longest enduring form of this kind of terrorism ever seen in history has emanated from this dismal playbook for “holy” carnage, unceasing imperialism, absolute intolerance and gruesome genocide.

But no one in any Adminstration has the brains or balls to say that hard and simple truth.

profitsbeard on April 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM

If you call terrorism CVE then you are not quite as dead if the bad guys kill you.

Herb on April 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

liberty0 on April 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

What could the A be? Hmmmm. assanine?

Because then we are countering CAVEmen. Lol. They’ll love that at Al-Q and Taliban HQs.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

CVE? Seriously? Huh. I thought CVE stood for “Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” At least, that’s what we use it for at work. I was under the impression that many companies (as well as government branches) with high-level security used the acronym, too.

But I could be wrong.

jedijson on April 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Allah that was the best thread you’ve written…EVAH. I couldn’t stop giggling as I read it.

fireweednectar on April 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM

“countering violent extremism.”
That way, the teabaggers can be under the same umbrella.

carbon_footprint on April 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Yep. “Violence” and “Extremism” are in the eye of the beholder Holder.

29Victor on April 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Comprehensive
Virgin
Express

ExpressoBold on April 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Countering (All)Violent Extremism.

AlQ and Taliban: The US and President Obama see Islam as a CAVEman religion.

Should go over well.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 6, 2010 at 11:35 PM

I prefer “meanie, meanie now you’re a wienie”. That has a nice ring to it and can be reduced to MMW; kind of like WMD.

Mason on April 7, 2010 at 12:41 AM

these people ruling the country are INSANE. they are the dumbest bag of bricks I have had the displeasure of kowing in my life.

progressivism its what’s for breakfast.

unseen on April 7, 2010 at 1:24 AM

The US and President Obama see IslamChristianity as a CAVEman religion.

Should go over well.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 6, 2010 at 11:35 PM

FIFY

unseen on April 7, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Violent extremism?
Shiiit!

I got a dog with that, but the difference is I like him.

I want no truck with El Ubama`s Regime or its . . . guffaw! . . . euphem–wachacallits.

Problem is El Ubama`s truck is heading my way.

God Save the Republic!

Don`t tread on me and thus to tyrants. I like that Virginny state flag.

There`s a university up Lexington, VA way called Washington and Lee University. I like that moniker, too. I just wonder what they think of Washington and Lee and Jefferson and Adams and Madison and the Constitutional group at said Washington and Lee these days . . . .

Anyway the point of all of this is El bummer is wrong. The Constitution is being violated (flagrantly), our Liberty eroded, and we are just sitting back watching American Idle??

I read my comments and your comments and all (many, ok) the books and articles by the Conservative Experts. They keep writing best sellers but I don`t see no damn change for it all.

Sometimes the pen must work in coordination with the sword.

It is a fact that I expect will never change.

And El bummer`s change is not the change what we want, now is it?

Sherman1864 on April 7, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Coddling
Violent
Extremists

Cunning Verbal Effusion
Continual Vapid Elusion

Mojave Mark on April 7, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize the Al Qaeda narrative and, where possible, provide positive alternative narratives.

This sounds like a pretty hard-core offensive. Especially the social programs.
Bu then again, I’ve also seen some of the details of their new leaflet campaign. What a doozy! Those terrorists violent extremists will be shaking in their boots sandals!

Knuckledragger on April 7, 2010 at 3:13 AM

Janet Napolitano is a man-caused disaster.

DrStock on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I think her mother is partly to blame, too.

Bill R. on April 7, 2010 at 3:50 AM

“The primary goal of countering violent extremism is to stop those most at risk of radicalization from becoming terrorists. Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs, counter-ideology initiatives, and working with civil society to delegitimize the Al Qaeda narrative and, where possible, provide positive alternative narratives.” He added, “We are working hard to develop a variety of CVE programs.”

————–

All of that is Washington speak for handing out money in foreign aid to buy them off and spinning their press. In other words, Obama wants to use the same strategy that the Democrats have employed for so long to gain support among minorities.

Hawthorne on April 7, 2010 at 3:51 AM

Obama administration coins new euphemism for “war on terror”

I’m not an attacking grizzly bear, I’m a angry omnivore.

BDU-33 on April 7, 2010 at 4:14 AM

It’s a process.

12 months from now it will be “People who are not nice”.

artist on April 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Or “People who make bad choices.”

BuckeyeSam on April 7, 2010 at 4:33 AM

CPR for BHO after CVE

blatantblue on April 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Be better if BHO was a DNR.

Viper1 on April 7, 2010 at 4:35 AM

I would have called it the:

Fight
Against
Religiously
Confused
Extremists

Shy Guy on April 7, 2010 at 6:59 AM

It’s not just about acronyms:

Jerusalem Post: Obama bans terms Jihad, Islam

Philistines upon you, America!

Shy Guy on April 7, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Its tools are noncoercive and include social programs,

In other words, we’re going to give them money.

Farmer_Joe on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 AM

They forgot the A: CVE CAVE.

Buy Danish on April 7, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Can we have a department for Countering Governmental Extremism?

paul1149 on April 7, 2010 at 8:29 AM

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