April 4, 2007

COULD THEY SOUND MORE LIKE CRYPTO-CONFEDERATE SOUTHERNERS WHO DIDN'T LIKE TERM "CIVIL WAR"?

No more GWOT, House committee decrees (Rick Maze, Apr 3, 2007, Military Times)

The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.

This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee's Democratic leadership doesn't like the phrase.

A memo for the committee staff, circulated March 27, says the 2008 bill and its accompanying explanatory report that will set defense policy should be specific about military operations and "avoid using colloquialisms."

The "global war on terror," a phrase first used by President Bush shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., should not be used, according to the memo. Also banned is the phrase the "long war," which military officials began using last year as a way of acknowledging that military operations against terrorist states and organizations would not be wrapped up in a few years.


In a related memo, they've been informed that WWII and the Cold War should now be referred to as "the brief unpleasantness with overenthusiastic socialist friends."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

But it is the speaker who choses the language.

It is so easy to defend against manipilation of the language. Every time the opponent uses the neologism, we may correct the word and reinforces the original concept.

For example, the abbreviation, C.E., as a substitute for A.D., every time used, may be questioned. This forces the user of the subversive phrase to explain both the force of the words he is trying to change, and his own weakness and frustration.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 4, 2007 12:28 PM

The Dems won the earmarking pork war by not allowing the agency to collect pork data, the Dems won WOT by not allowing people to talk about it. They can easily win the Iraq war by defunding it. Put our heads in the sand, out of sight, out of mind. Everything is rosy.

Posted by: ic at April 4, 2007 12:35 PM
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