On the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) has written to President Barack Obama urging him to reverse decisions not to use terms like "jihadist" and "war on terror." Myrick, who created the bi-partisan Anti-Terrorism Caucus, said softer language used by the Administration is misleading.
"The 'jihad' we are confronting is political, military and ideological in nature as defined by our enemies' own words. They call themselves 'jihadists' and say they are practicing 'jihad'. Thus, using the term 'jihadists', as long as it defines the enemy, is not only accurate but it is a duty to our citizens because it makes it clear who we are fighting."
Myrick specifically took issue with a speech last month by Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism Advisor John Brennan, in which he used the term "transnational challenge" in place of a war on terrorism.
"I have no idea what a 'transnational challenge' is," Myrick wrote; "neither do the American people."
Nuanced language offers terrorists a victory, Myrick said, taking time to note she also opposed it when the Bush Administration made similar linguistic changes.
Jihad can have different meanings to different people. But terrorists call themselves jihadists, Myrick notes, and believe their unending quest to murder and maim is a part of their personal jihad. If they can say that, she wonders, why America should use "confusing and fuzzy words when speaking about the war against jihadists and Islamic terrorists."
Check out Myrick's letter here.