” ‘Our enemy is not terrorism because terrorism is but a tactic,’ he [Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan] said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a research organization in Washington [on May 26, 2010]. ‘Our enemy is not terror because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear.’ He also rejected the terms jihad, holy war or Islamists because ‘there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.’ Instead, he said, ‘our enemy is Al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates.’ ”

 – David E. Sanger and Peter Baker, “New U.S. Strategy Focuses on Managing Threats,” The New York Times, May 27, 2010