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    Since the new administration took office, Washington has been consumed, on both sides of the aisle, by a kind of re-branding madness. This marathon in semantics has had a variety of tactical purposes, depending on who's got his Sharpie on the dictionary.

    The Obama administration, through a string of delicate shifts in terminology, has softened -- or at least obfuscated -- the essence of the war against Islamic extremism.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, arguably the Washington equivalent to Madonna of re-branding, delivered an entire set of testimony without using the word "terrorism." She says she prefers "man-caused disasters."

    And the administration as a whole phased out the term "Global War on Terror." "Overseas contingency operation" became the tag that is now used in budget documents to explain where billions of taxpayer dollars are going.

    Napolitano told the German magazine Der Spiegel she's avoiding such hot-button words like "terrorism" to demonstrate the administration's desire to "move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur."

    Global War on Terror is out -- "overseas contingency operation" is in. (War is War!)

    Terrorist attack is out -- "man-caused disaster" is in.

    Detainees: Custodial informants

    Terrorists: Improvised ideologues

    Deficit: Long shortfall (or inverted surplus)

    One trillion dollars: Nth power financing

    Abortion: Reproductive choice

    Earmarks: Allocators

    Bailouts: Stop-gappers

    Border violence: Territorial imperative

    Torture: Non-verbal questioning ( I love this one)

    Taxes: Income tweaks
    ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
    Till I Die!

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    oh the joy of word games,,,, so when they want more taxes the tweak my paycheck to their advantage!!!
    Guess it is out for us to all have a non verbal meeting to rephrase the details of our meager paychecks!
    Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

    It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

    Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
    Stand behind our troops or stand IN FRONT of them.

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    • #3
      children are outgoing tweeks then????

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      • #4
        I don't use any of the new so called phrases during my instructing on my convoy operations lane in getting soldiers, sailors ready for either Iraq or Afghanistan...I call it like I see...My medal I was issued sez: "Global War on Terrorism" on both my Expeditionary and Service medals. This garbage on being politically correct is just plain stupid.
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        R.I.P. my Bros from the 1st MAR DIV, 3rd MAR DIV, 25th I.D., 10th MTN DIV, V Corps, 170th IBCT who gave their lives in the Cold War, Marines we lost in Korea during Team Spirit '89 & Okinawa '89- bodies never recovered, Panama, 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq...





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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ndnsoldierboy View Post
          I don't use any of the new so called phrases during my instructing on my convoy operations lane in getting soldiers, sailors ready for either Iraq or Afghanistan...I call it like I see...My medal I was issued sez: "Global War on Terrorism" on both my Expeditionary and Service medals. This garbage on being politically correct is just plain stupid.
          True
          And my medal says Navy Expeditionary Medal
          not
          Shhhhhh dont tell anyone where you got this

          ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
          Till I Die!

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