QUIZ: The war on ________________.

In the grand sweep of time, stretching back thousands of years, wars can be viewed as military skirmishes between two or more states or factions. However, the qualifications for labeling something a "war" has become less stringent over time, and so-called "wars" began to pop up on more and more abstract planes. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. We had the war on drugs. We have the war on terror, where the enemy is not defined, but the umbrella category of who might be our enemy is. But now, it feels as if a new war is declared in politics every week — including this week, in fact. And it's hard to tell them apart, as this quiz proves.


In Mexico City, the military has a museum used to train officials, diplomats and cadets about the war on drugs. A diorama shows how police and military road blocks can help catch drug smugglers. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Hopefully your inability to match the rhetoric to the war will push the government to form a War-Declaring Commission, which will become the only body permitted to name a war, after long deliberation. Since political types seem to be the chief metaphorical warmongers, this may be asking too much.

Take the quiz here.

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.

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