Posted by: Tony Carson | 27 September, 2007

On US Warspeak

Warspeak: it deliberately confuses, the military knows it and the media buys into it, lock, stock and gun barrel.

A case in point. Here is the lede paragraph in a USA Today article entitled 19,000 insurgents killed in Iraq since ’03:

More than 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces since the insurgency began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time.

Who are the militants? Are they a cohesive unit, a coherent force? Are they irrational enemies of freedom? Are they patriotic Iraqis who want to fight an occupying force? Who are the militants? Well, anyone we say is a militant.

Coalition force? That charade is over, long gone. It was never credible, now it is simply laughable deceitful. Why is the media still using it?

Insurgency. What is that? How can Iraqis be called insurgents when the vast, vast majority of them want the illegal occupying force gone?

The lede paragraph, if it was honest, would have read:

More than 19,000 Iraqi resistance fighters have been killed in fighting with American forces since the occupation began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time.

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