U.S. No Longer Using 'War On Terror' Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the Obama administration has abandoned the term "global war on terror." She said she didn't know of any specific orders to bar the term's use.
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U.S. No Longer Using 'War On Terror'

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U.S. No Longer Using 'War On Terror'

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the Obama administration has abandoned the term "global war on terror." She said she didn't know of any specific orders to bar the term's use.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

As the Obama administration engages with Pakistan and its neighbors, there's one phrase you likely won't be hearing anymore: war on terror, that's according to America's top diplomat.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed out for a weeklong trip to Europe, she was asked by reporters about what seems a conspicuous avoidance of the phrase. She said she hasn't been told by the Obama administration to avoid referring to the war on terror. But Clinton went on, the administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself.

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Clinton: 'War On Terror' Phrase Won't Be Used

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration has indeed abandoned the term "global war on terror."

Clinton says that while she hasn't seen any specific orders, the new administration in Washington simply isn't using the phrase.

The term was a rallying cry for President Bush after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the use of the term "global war on terror" is widely disliked overseas.

Reporters asked Clinton about the phrase Monday as she headed to Europe for a week of diplomatic meetings.

She said the absence of the "war on terror" language speaks for itself. Pundits have noted the absence, but top administration figures have had little to say on the subject.