REPORTER: Marie, help me with this term, βwar on terrorism.β Is that --
MARIE HARF, STATE DEPARTMENT: Well, I donβt think Iβve ever used that term from here.
QUESTION: No, no, Iβm just β Said it used it earlier. Thirteen years on, he said this βwar on terrorism.β Is that something thatβs out of the lexicon now of the U.S. Governmentβs comments on whatβs happening?
MS. HARF: Well, itβs 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 β without UN sanction or being involved with this β is back into the doctrine of preemption.
MS. HARF: Do β is there a question?
QUESTION: Yeah, itβs a question.
MS. HARF: Or was that just a statement?
QUESTION: Is that the road that weβre traveling on now?
MS. HARF: Well, I wouldnβt use that term either. When we talk about how you degrade and defeat terrorist organizations, itβs not exactly, I think, how youβre probably using the term, and itβs not one that Iβm 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, thatβs β those are the kind of terms I would use when it comes to this current effort.