Enraged at comments by John Edwards yesterday that the war on terror was a “slogan” and “not a strategy to make America safe,” S.C. Republican Party Chair Katon Dawson has sent out a release with harsh criticisms for Edwards, using what some may refer to as slogans.

“While terrorists plan deadly attacks on our citizens and soldiers, John Edwards endangers the lives of Americans at home and abroad by trivializing terrorist threats.

“In a cheap attempt to win campaign support, John Edwards has insulted South Carolina military families who believe in the mission their loved ones are fighting and dying for.  John Edwards today proved himself to be a defeatist Democrat whose indifference to winning the war on terror amounts to providing aid and comfort to our enemies.”

I’m not saying who’s right and who’s wrong here. But of course the “war on terror” is a slogan. Every good government policy needs a slogan — a hook. You say ‘war on terror” in a crowded room of Republicans, and hearts start to race. That’s what these types of phrases are supposed to do. Just like “a defeatist Democrat” and “providing aid and comfort to our enemies.”

It should be noted that Dawson attacked Edwards for the “slogan” comment, but left the rest of Edwards’ speech untouched, including:

“We need a post-Bush, post-9/11, post-Iraq American military that is mission-focused on protecting Americans from 21st century threats, not misused for discredited ideological pursuits. We need to recognize that we have far more powerful weapons available to us than just bombs, and we need to bring them to bear. We need to reengage the world with the full weight of our moral leadership.”

Remember the old days when “moral leadership” was a slogan for the GOP?