A commondreams.org reader wrote to set me straight about the term, war on terror, (Are Dems Soft on Terror?) and he has a good point.
He writes, "I nevertheless think that the so-called "War on Terror" is a grammatical, philosophical, and physical impossibility -- like the "War on Poverty" and the "War on Drugs." Drug abuse, poverty, and even terror -- as a tactic -- are, of course, real problems, but to frame our attempts to deal with these problems in the context of a "war" against them, is completely wrong."
Well, amen brother.
So amend any reference I made to a "war on terror" and go with my larger point -- that there's a difference between a soft response to terror and a smart response to terror. Right now, alas, we're stuck with an idiotic response to terror.