Getting our hair mussed

Posted by ESC on August 21, 2002

In Reply to: New words from a wartalker posted by Bob on August 21, 2002

: : : No activity can compete in the generation of double talk and euphemism like warfare. Without wishing to offend our American friends, no country is so good at this as the USA. Collatoral damage, friendly fire, liquidation etc. Even shell shock, with it's clear associations with explosives is now 'post-traumatic stress disorder'.

: : : There's a bunch of US governemnt spokespeople, spin doctors and allied trades in Britain at the moment trying to drum up support for their plan to bomb Iraq. I heard a new euphemism to treasure. In a BBC interview a spokeswoman flatly denied there would be a war with Iraq. Apparently it will be a 'regime change'. Sounds almost cosy, like ethnic cleansing.

: : : Mind you the UK spin doctors are catching up fast. In the same broadcast a UK polititian promoted the idea of hanging by saying it would save lives.

: : What is it about the Bushes? With George senior we had surgical strikes' and 'smart bombs' and with the current administration we have 'regime change' and the vaguely Teutonic "homeland security". I am also bothered names chosen for military operations such as "Infinite Justice" and" Enduring Freedom", which seem as defensive as they are over-the-top.

: : It's enough to make a Camel turn to faith-based initiatives!

: These Texans seem determined to plunge into this regardless. It's a cowboy-oil guy-thing. You stick a pipe in the ground, and take oil out. No time-consuming diplomacy, consensus-building, or bothersome collaboration needed. Wrap a flag around it, throw out some smoke and mirrors from the department of spin, and Joe Sixpack will buy it.

"Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But, I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, TOPS. Uh, depending on the breaks." George C. Scott (General Turgidson), "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

Has anyone seen "Black Hawk Down"? That was pretty real as far as what happens during war. At least it looked real to me.