Thursday, July 24, 2008

House fights back on 'non-jihadi speech'

Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) succeeded, with the support of 55 Democrats, in inserting an amendment into the House version of the 2009 Intelligence Authorization Act that blocks the expenditure of any funds by intelligence agencies to promote 'non-jihadi speak.' That's my name for the new U.S. government policy to avoid such words as jihad when discussing terrorism because they could offend or alienate Muslims. Hoekstra's absolutely right: it's impossible to win the 'war of ideas' if you can't even discuss them openly. Click here for more details (thanks to Jihad Watch).

For an example of the mush that results, here's an earlier entry with a link to a recent op-ed by James Glassman, the new public diplomacy chief at the State Department.

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