State Dept's Marie Harf: "War On Terrorism" Not A Term I Would Use


REPORTER: Marie, help me with this term, β€œwar on terrorism.” Is that --

MARIE HARF, STATE DEPARTMENT: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever used that term from here.

QUESTION: No, no, I’m just – Said it used it earlier. Thirteen years on, he said this β€œwar on terrorism.” Is that something that’s out of the lexicon now of the U.S. Government’s comments on what’s happening?

MS. HARF: Well, it’s certainly not how I would refer to our efforts.

QUESTION: Okay. The second thing is that surely, this direct U.S. bombing of Syria is really back into – without UN sanction or being involved with this – is back into the doctrine of preemption.

MS. HARF: Do – is there a question?

QUESTION: Yeah, it’s a question.

MS. HARF: Or was that just a statement?

QUESTION: Is that the road that we’re traveling on now?

MS. HARF: Well, I wouldn’t use that term either. When we talk about how you degrade and defeat terrorist organizations, it’s not exactly, I think, how you’re probably using the term, and it’s not one that I’m using. Our goal is to prevent terrorist organizations from being able to attack the United States or our interests, to degrade their capabilities to do so. Obviously, that’s – those are the kind of terms I would use when it comes to this current effort.

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