Monday, March 21, 2011

Operation Blow Shit Up

One of the many ways in which modern warfare has been sanitized for a public that has less direct experience with the military is the euphimistic, pleasant-sounding names for operations. In contrast to "Operation Oddessy Dawn", which sounds either like a secret project in the next installment of the  Metal Gear Solid series, or  a romantic comedy starring Julie Delpy, here are the names of some WWII operations:
  • Torch
  • Overlord
  • Menace
  • Foxchase
  • Canned
  • Boarding Party
  • Dracula
  • Sabre
  • Matador
While the goal of enforcing the no-fly zone ideally involves not a single explosion, by and large the use of military assets implies that stuff is going to be destroyed. We shouldn't hide this fact, unpleasant as it is.

2 comments:

John Deppe said...

Perhaps the Pentagon used up all the good names?

Stephen said...

I can't find the quote (so it may be apocryphal) but I believe Winston Churchill said that he didn't want to tell any grieving mother that she lost their son in Operation Fluffy Bunny.