Who comes up with this <i>dreck?</i>

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Who comes up with this dreck?

Google alerted me to this sad notice:

Airman from Long Island Killed in Afghanistan

It's bad enough that the Bonacasa family in Coram is going to have an especially wretched Christmas this year, and probably every Christmas here after, but this was the capper:

"He was with a group on patrol in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel..."

Who comes up with this jingoist garbage, anyhow? Is the Pentagon borrowing copywriters from the National Rifle Association?

Operation Enduring Freedom... Operation Iraqi Freedom... Operation New Dawn... Operation Freedom's Sentinel... ye Gawds and little military medals, the list goes on.

As sickened as I am at the way the wars are being con­duct­ed... whither the Generals Patton and LeMay!... this "selling" of those wars with red blood titles is starting to make me crazed!

If the Pentagon spent as much effort and tax payers' money at going in and getting the job done as they do on public relations, the terror threats would be minuscule, there would be a lot fewer Gold Star mothers in America, and the cost of gasoline would be under $1.00/gallon!

Curtis LeMay, for example, would have turned the desert around Ramadi into glass eight inches deep several years ago.

I'm not a "hawk," and with the towers melting 14 years ago and jihadist sleepers on a murder spree in California, isolationism clearly isn't a political strategy.

So, as Shakespeare noted through MacBeth:

"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly...."

In more modern speak, let's get to it... and stop with the jingoist "sell job!"

The next operation I want to hear about is "Operation Olly olly oxen free!"

Comments

1. Champ19 said...

Well, you didn't want them to have to tell the families of the dead that their sons and daughters died for "Operation War for Oil" or "Operation War for Nothing." Not in the context of the previous comments, I applaud your mention of Curtis Emerson LeMay, one of the finest kind.

In truth, I didn't much appreciate General LeMay when he was George Wallace's running mate in '68, but aside from that, he was an okay guy.
Dean

2. Champ19 said...

Agreed. His decision to join Wallace was a significant blemish on an otherwise sterling career.

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