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'We want to escape but we fear the sea': Exile in Egypt

Fort Hood Shootings (2009)

Evasive Language On Terrorism Shows An Incoherent Policy

Jen Psaki, blameless State Department spokeswoman, explained that the hasty evacuation of our embassy in Yemen was not an evacuation but "a reduction in staff." Thus continues the administration's penchant for wordplay, the bending of language to fit a political need. In Janet Napolitano's famous formulation, terrorist attacks are now "man-caused disasters." And the "global war on terror" is no more. It's now an "overseas contingency operation." Nidal Hasan proudly tells a military court that he, a soldier of Allah, killed 13 American soldiers in the name of jihad. But the massacre remains officially classified as an act not of...