Larvatus Prodeo draws attention to a significant and sensible comment by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who has acknowledged the unhelpfulness and inaccuracy of the “War on Terror” phrase and indicated the British government stopped using it some time ago. Anyone in Australia who has made the same point over the last seven or so years has usually been branded as being at best “soft on terror” or at worst as supporting terrorism, so it’s good to see one of our key allies acknowledging the stupidity of the phrase. If Obama can do the same, we might finally have a real chance of making some progress.
On a related topic, there’s a good post at The Interpreter which argues the Downer / Howard legacy in regard to Australia’s uncritical relationship with the USA has not helped Australia significantly. Worth a read.