Waterboarding, “War on Terror” to be retired

John Brennan, President Obama’s chief counter-terrorism policy advisor yesterday announced that Washington will no longer use the term “war on terror”, nor harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, saying the time has come to use diplomacy and dialogue. He also stated that the United States would not be defined in terms of what it is against, but rather what it is for.

He further stated that “soft diplomacy”, with a stress on problem-solving and dialogue will be the focus of the Obama administration, and that the U.S. will use economic development and political aid to further our goals.

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