War on Specificity


In case you were wondering if it's really true that "war on terror" is a pernicious concept, here comes the Bush administration's decision to relabel Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "specially designated global terrorist" organization. It's taken a few years, but we've managed to move now from a situation in the winter 2001-2002 where the US and Iran were cooperating against our mutual deadly foe -- al-Qaeda -- to one where Iran is officially one of the enemies in an open-ended struggle against God knows whom.