Words matter. We need them to communicate meaning, and so others will understand the basis for our thoughts and actions. And when it comes to war, words can kill; presidents do not have the luxury of imprecision, carelessness, or dishonesty. In a military context, words must be precise, and their meaning understood. In the aftermath of the Syrian strike and the first combat use of the “Mother of All Bombs,” the President spoke in ways that should concern Americans.

Read the whole thing at Real Clear Defense.

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About Trevor Thrall

I am a professor at George Mason University and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program.

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