Will White House Tone Down Terror Terminology?

"America is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam," President Obama famously said in a 2009 speech in Cairo.

Since early in his Presidency, Barack Obama, has acknowledged what he calls "great tension" between the US and Muslims around the world and his intention to end the "cycle of suspicion."

Today, there are reports that the administration may work toward that end by changing language in the National Security Strategy, a document which was last modified under President George W. Bush in March 2006, and currently reads, "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century..."

The Obama White House will not comment on the reports that a new version of the NSS could drop language like "Islamic radicalism," but critics of the possible modifications call the idea political correctness run amok.

"I think it is a gross example of symbolism," Robert Jordan, Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, tells Fox, "It's an empty gesture; one that will probably not buy us much at all."

State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said the terminology used by the US is critical to making clear who our enemies are and are not.

"I mean, we do confront a global movement of terrorists, you know... violent extremists. Not all of the -- not all of them are Islamic."

But some fear sanitizing the NSS may actually confuse our allies; those within the Muslim world who oppose violent jihad and expect the US to very clearly and very publicly do the same.

Elliot Abrams, Former Bush Deputy National Security Advisor says, "One of the things we are doing there is we're not really helping moderates in the Islamic world. They have a fight against Islamic extremism, we're on their side and when we are afraid to even discuss the problem we look fearful and weak."

Terrorism expert Dr. Walid Phares warns that the administration must understand there are many layers and nuances to building bridges. "Unfortunately, there has been this theory here in Washington DC that you have a whole body called the Muslim world and that we can in one strike or two decide to ameliorate or enhance the relationship with 1.2 or 1.3 billion people. It doesn't work like that."

Any new version of the NSS reportedly won't be released for several weeks around the same time the President will travel to Indonesia, which has the highest Muslim population of any country in the world.