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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rhetoric Adjustment as Obama Heads to Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration has indeed abandoned the term "global war on terror."

The top U.S. diplomat told reporters Tuesday that the Obama administration has quit using that line to describe the effort to fight terrorism around the world.

"The administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself," Clinton said.

Clinton spoke as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings. The phrase "war on terror" is widely disliked in Europe and elsewhere overseas, where even close U.S. allies suggested it was overly militaristic and perhaps counterproductive.

It is also now associated with a range of Bush administration policies such as harsh interrogation practices that President Barack Obama has pledged to abandon.

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