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.


John Deppe said...

Perhaps the Pentagon used up all the good names?

Unknown 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.