Abizaid Key in Persuading Senior Leaders to Adopt 'Long War' Label

By Jason Sherman / February 1, 2006 at 5:00 AM
Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command, prevailed on senior civilian and military officials last month to jettison the "global war on terrorism" in favor of the "long war," a term featured throughout the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and used by President Bush in last night's State of the Union address. At a Jan. 11 senior leaders conference -- a periodic gathering of a group that includes the Defense Department's senior civilian leaders, the service chiefs and the...

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