War on Language

"We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation,” he told CBS, “and it’s going to be a long-term counterterrorism operation."

Pop quiz: who uttered that quote?

    A) George W. Bush
    B) Dick Cheney
    C) Don Rumsfeld
    D) John Kerry.

Time's up. The answer is D. So, had the Bush administration prevaricated and equivocated, er, I mean, been more careful about the words chosen to describe the goings on - and the press let him get away with it - everything would have somehow been better?

And, as Jonah notes, it is a bit odd that an administration that has no trouble identifying domestic issues as a war on women, war against the poor, war on science, war on reproductive rights, war against the middle class, war on unions, race war - just to name a few - is squeamish about identifying sustained drone attacks, bombing and coordinated ground offensives as war.

So we can be comforted. As Asawin Suebsaeng informs:
According to Secretary of State John Kerry, President Obama’s newly announced (and possibly illegal) war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is not a war at all—it’s merely a large-scale act of counterterrorism.


Beheadings Change Foreign Policy

Certainly we can all agree that beheadings are the violent actions of an enemy. But so were the murders of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty in Benghazi.

How is Foggy Bottom certain that these journalists weren't just in the wrong place when a Youtube viewing made some viewers angry and their movie review poured out into the street and got a little out of hand - you know, victims of Peevish Movie Syndrome like those unfortunate souls in Benghazi?  Well, stop wondering because that just makes you a racist.

If you calmly finish the reading a children's book you're an unfit leader and an idiot.  If you hysterically blame movie critics you are solid.  If you dare question either of these suppositions you are a wacko, bat-shit-crazy conspiracy nut.  Oh, and racist.