Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Changing names....using up ink...

John at Argghhh!! dug up a little tidbit that is about as pleasant as a Camel Spider in your jockstrap.
In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the country's top military officer have spoken of "a global struggle against violent extremism" rather than "the global war on terror," which had been the catchphrase of choice.
I'm sorry, I can't stand numb-nut changing of names as PR stunts. It's an old game, but that doesn't make it a good game. The PC Police are better at it than we are (your are not a "garbage man" you are a "sanitation engineer,") and all that results is more syllables using up more hot air and ink.

This war started out with
Operation INFINITE JUSTICE (OIJ); well that just lasted a couple of days because of the PC police. I even had luck in late 2001 getting into one brief a recommended name for the then new operations off Somalia, Horn of Africa Reconnaissance (HOAR) flights. Sigh. Just one brief. No one lets us have ANY fun.

Now we have moved from what I didn't like but was learning to live with, Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), to Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism (GSAVE). Menolikie.

G-SAVE sounds like some lame Gansta-rapper. In the finest traditions of the PC service it adds more syllables (GSAVE-13 vs GWOT=8), and worse of all it reads like crap on FITREPS, awards citations, and takes longer to type out. Time to give everyone an extra Admin weenie. More a'typing to do.

If we are going to add length and syllables to our titles, let's do it right. Forget GWOT or GSAVE, I want it to be GETEM (Global Extermination of Terrorist Extremist Mohammedans).

Just make sure and run it through the

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