If anyone was wondering if the Pentagon would quickly adapt to the new administration and its bent, wonder no longer. In a written exam for employee training, test takers are asked to categorize an example of “low-level terrorism” — and the correct answer is “protests.” This fits seamlessly with Obama’s evident distaste for dissent here and elsewhere. (Shareholders who didn’t care for Obama’s plan for restructuring Chrysler are apparently low-level terrorists now.) It is also another strange entry in Obama’s post-Bush national security lexicon.
The Global War On Terror is now an “Overseas Contingency Operation.”
And acts of terrorism are now “man-caused disasters.”
For Obama, to call those we used to call terrorists by that term is unhelpful, unproductive, and too reminiscent of the Bush administration. But calling protesters terrorists seems to have a certain utility.