ROGER KIMBALL: CALLING THINGS BY THEIR RIGHT NAMESAS THE CONCEPT OF WAR BECOMES FEMINIZED, EUPHEMIZED, LEADERLESS-IZED AND INCLUSIVIZED, we have only ourselves to blame. This kind of silliness has been coming on us for decades as many of our most basic words---with clear cut meanings--underpinning civilization have been whacked and confused by the elite thought-police almost beyond recognition. Take for instance mother, father, husband, wife for starters. Now it's just partner. Don't get me started.
Then there's printing money with abandon. Today it's quantitative easing. Almost sounds like a day at the beach in a comfortable swim suit, doesn't it?
Now we've come to the word war which is now being redefined by the liberal elite, including our feckless president, as one-world kinetic military action. A 4th of July sparkler immediately comes to mind.
Such a concept leaves great leeway for obfuscation, confused goals and generally an undertaking in leaderless disarray that can go nowhere fast. It will grind on against an enemy with one and only one goal in mind: to stay in power and hold on to the money and oil whatever the cost.
So is it any wonder that in such a time of android-making, we have a professorial buddy-in-chief who is the king of obfuscation and kinetic militarism? He's so good at it, he can even chew gum at the same time.
Two great pieces online today add depth and breadth to what I'm thinking:
Peggy Noonan @ WSJ writes about The speech that Obama hasn't given.
Keith Koffler at Politico writes Chicago Law Professor Attacks Libya.
Interesting to see how this kinetic vagary unfolds.