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"War" or "Ideological conflict?"

David Brooks discusses the suggestions of the 9-11 commission that "we're not in the middle of a war on terror. . . . We're not facing an axis of evil. Instead, we are in the midst of an ideological conflict."

It seems like a small distinction - emphasizing ideology instead of terror - but it makes all the difference, because if you don't define your problem correctly, you can't contemplate a strategy for victory.

More commentary from Kevin Drum.

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