Sunday, April 12, 2009


Jonah Goldberg's latest column is the sharpest, wittiest take on Obama's euphemistic wordplay to date.

For those not acquainted with the President's vernacular - here are a few examples.

war - Overseas contingency operation
terrorist attack - Man caused disaster
surge - Tactical demographic enhancement
enemy combatants - Individuals captured in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations, or;
Members of enemy forces, or;
Persons who the President determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, and persons who harbored those responsible for the September 11 attacks.
To paraphrase the John Gielgud character in the movie "Arthur", "He lacks a great economy with words."
Goldberg has a couple of other suggestions for "enemy combatants" - "Men Prone to Disaster Causation" or "Overseas Counter-Contingency Operators"
Or Mark Steyn's - "Future Facebook Friends."
Goldberg also makes note of the original title of Tolstoy's classic, "Overseas Contingency Operations and Cessation of Overseas Contingency Operations".

I have a couple of my own possiblities for the Obamadictionary
Hope - The feeling that the Neville Chamberlain approach to dealing with brutal, megalomaniacal tyrants will work this time.
Change - The projected 2009 Obama federal budget deficit, $1,800,000,000,000 (in pennies).

Other good reads :
Mark Steyn on Obama's "distractions".

George Will on another example of the continuing government erosion of Constitutional rights.

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