“Kinetic Military Action,” Not a War

24 Mar

 

 

 

 

 

From the same administration that gave us such goodies as “overseas contingency operations,” formerly known as “global war on terror” and “man-caused disasters,” formerly known as “terrorism,” we get a brand new term for “war.”  It appears that when Obama takes us to war, it is known as a “kinetic military action.”  Whew!  Thank goodness!  I’m sure glad to know that launching over 100 Tomahawk missiles and using B-2 Stealth Bombers to launch airstrikes on a country in the Middle East is no longer considered “war.”  I’m sure that future Republican presidents will be glad to know that it is no longer considered “war” to do such a thing and will sleep better at night knowing that they will get cover from the media, as Obama is, for taking similar action in the future.

Oddly , these never quite caught on.  As it happens, people recognize terrorism as something a little more specific than a “man caused disaster,” and the threat from al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks as more dangerous than a generic “contingency.”  Similarly, when one nation sends its military to attack the military of another nation, it’s an act of war, not an example of kinetic energy.”

Also worth noting, the cost of the “kinetic military action” in Libya is estimated to be nearly $1 billion.


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