Our New Euphemism for War Is: “Comprehensive and Sustained Counterterrorism Strategy”

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 11:11 am

President Obama didn’t actually make much news during his prime time speech last night. Most of the policies were reported well in advance of Obama taking the stage. When it comes to such a big decision where so many individuals are consulted, Washington D.C. leaks like a sieve.
As a result most of the news from the speech was about what will be our new rhetoric.


Obama to Pre-Schoolers: Sorry I Had to Fire Your Teacher, But Now I Can Buy Almost 1/50th of a Tomahawk Missile

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 5:32 pm

We found out yesterday that Obama plans on sending $25 million in aid to the Libyan rebels, and we find out today the President has approved the use of American military drones in the conflict. A few million here, a few million there, and pretty soon this mission creeps into us spending some real money.

Will it Also Take Eight Years to Find Out Role Oil Companies Played in War in Libya?

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 9:49 am

We finally have the documentary proof showing the important role oil companies played in the lead up to the war in Iraq. I hope it doesn’t take another eight years before we get documented proof about what a huge role oil played in the decision to launch a kinetic military action in Libya.

By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Think Libya Not Worth the Cost

By: Monday April 4, 2011 12:30 pm

It is not surprising that, after months of near-endless deficit hysteria and politicians insisting we need to cut basic services meant to help Americans, the voters have concluded we don’t have a few hundred million to waste on more military adventurism.

NYT Food Writer Mark Bittman on Hunger Strike to Protest Cuts in Programs for Poor, Hungry

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 7:40 am

We’re spending an average of $55 million a day to bomb Libyans while, as Bittman says, people here are going to bed hungry.

What $550 Million Buys… Besides a Kinetic Week in Libya

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 3:00 pm

According to the Pentagon, in just this first week of our “kinetic military action” in Libya, the military has already spent $550 million. Instead of acting in a kinetic military manner toward Libya, we could have spent that money on many great things here at home.

Obama Addresses Nation on Time-Limited, Scope-Limited, Kinetic Military Action in Libya

By: Monday March 28, 2011 4:26 pm

Stirring, no? Moving, right? Well, get prepared to be moved. . . all the way from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 300 5th Avenue SW.

That’s right, in order to comunicate that the US role in the coalition strikes against Muammar Gaddafi and Libyan government forces is not in any way a war and he double-dog dares anyone who says it is, President Obama is taking his show on the road. . . or up the road. . . delivering this speech not from the Oval Office, not before a joint session of Congress, but to a room of “mid-career military officers at the National Defense University in Washington.”

In the Kinetics of Libya, A Constitution Destroyed by Catch Phrases

By: Friday March 25, 2011 1:59 pm

I suspect our founders feared the Constitution might be shredded by military coup, civil war, foreign invasion or dictatorship, but I doubt they ever suspected it would be ruined by semantics.

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