a political catch phrase that gives news media boobs like those in CNN and FOX News something to package up and present as entertainment for the armchair warriors to watch on TV and cheer while the economy continues its decline unnoticed.
1. the phrase "war on terror" was used by some Congress members when Libya and the United States forces were fighting in 1986. The Libyan government was accused of orchestrating terrorist attacks all around the Mediterrean Sea, the Middle East and Europe.

2. when Bill Clinton launched missile attacks against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan and the Sudan in 1998, the term "war on terror" was also used.

3. after the horrible 9/11 attacks the term "war on terror" was used once again, this time George W. Bush said it.

4. Come to think of it, with the various definitions of "terror" maybe there's always been a War On Terror thruout most of history. Fancy cutesy-wutsey terms boost ratings and sell papers. After all, we've had a "War On Drugs", the Cold War ended in 1989, and when I was in the San Francisco Bay area the mayor launched her "War On Graffiti". Then lately some fundies griped about a "War On Christmas" that really ain't happening. Makes certain people look good, I guess. Give me a buzz when the war ends in victory. I'm outta here.
por American Seer 20 de Abril de 2009
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I don't know whether to fear a bunch of ragtag freedom fighters from another country, or my own government's 1984-style policies.
We are waging a war on terror and we don't even know who the fuck the real enemy is.
por Dudley 08 de Outubro de 2003
You don't wage war on an idea!
Terrorism is not even a mindset.
It's just a method of a group to get their message out to the world.
Waging a War on Terror is like waging a war on the color blue.
por Upper Quartile 14-year old. 18 de Abril de 2005
(Noun) Syn.: war of terror
The comically naive and profoundly ironic US government idea that waging a 20 year campaign of aerial bombardment, oppression and genocide against the people of a far-away country will, somehow, quell their previously fictions desire to do you harm.

Widely known to be an excuse to steal oil from and impose military bases within Iraq.

See also:
Shock and awe
Tony B Liar
George W Bush
Resolution 1441
Realist 1: Have you heard, the Americans are calling their invasion of Iraq "the war on terror"?

Realist 2: Who said they don't understand irony?
por Charles K Darwin 14 de Abril de 2008
War On Terror: A futile war on an abstract term. Is in fact a oxymoron as surely war is a form of terror? Is completely self defeating as bombing people, invading their countries and taking their oil is a hardly a method for making people love the west and renounce violence. violence begets violence, an eye for an eye and the whole world is blind. If Iraq is revenge however, it is wayy out of proportion- 200,000 civilians dead for the 3000 dead on 9/11. And none of the terrorists were iraqi.
war on drugs- supply and demand, people want high, they get high. no stopping it. Equally pointless as war on terror.
por CheGuevara 05 de Dezembro de 2007
Feels like something straight out of a D-rated comic book.
It looks like Bush, Osama, and Saddam all read the same fucking comic book for their War on Terror.
por true 15 de Julho de 2003
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