Trish LaMonte
April 7, 2010

The Obama administration is working on changing the language of the National Security Strategy to more politically-correct terminology. Counterterrorism officials say the goal of the new version is to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism.

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The National Security Strategy document, which outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war, currently states: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

The revisions to the document are part of a larger effort by the White House to change how the U.S. talks to Muslim nations. During a visit to Cairo last year, President Obama promised a ‘new beginning’ in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.

“Do you want to think about the U.S. as the nation that fights terrorism or the nation you want to do business with,” said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy, who runs the Obama administration’s Global Engagement Directorate.


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