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Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Conflict Overseas

Terminate the, enemy
Eradicate the hated enemy

I am an enemy

My very greatest enemy

, Disturbed

Eyes may open but cannot see

Torn open to a bleak reality

The silent waves of a pitch black sea

Laying waste the last of me

--Words Mean Nothing
, Veil of Sorrow

After serving in the conflict overseas.

And the time that he served,

Had shattered all his nerves,

And left a little shrapnel in his knee
--Sam Stone, John Prine

Ranger Observation:

Calling a war a conflict is like

calling a sniper a people person


After watching viewing several memorial Day programs stating how we honored our dead from foreign
conflicts, the word began assaulting my ears.

Conflict (n):
A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash.
A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.

Why do we use the word "conflict" to describe the brutal fact of war?
It seems too mild a word when the result is the reality of combat deaths. Since WW II the U.S. somehow lost the will or ability to declare war, even when our armies were locked in deadly conflict. Even when 35,000 Soldiers died in Korea or 58,000 in Vietnam, we could not bring ourselves to call the deadly activity for what it was.
They were conflicts, altercations, scuffles . . .

Why do we have an overseeing agency called the Department of Defense? Why not call it the Department of Overseas Conflict? Then our wars would be simple matters of conflict resolution, with our Soldiers becoming arbitrators. The Combat Action Badge (CAB) could then morph into the Conflict Arbitration Badge, with the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) becoming the Conflict Infantry Badge.

The next logical step would be to amend The Constitution to legalize the concept of endless conflict by granting the President the authority to declare CONFLICT, thereby simplifying the whole shooting match by making WAR obsolescent. Congress would be disburdened of a duty they are clearly too timid to exercise.

It is so simple:
In a snap of the finger war becomes truly a thing of the past. Simple, except the dead patriots in the cemeteries will still stay dead a long time.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! You made me laugh. I admit it was a mean laugh but a laugh nonetheless.

Conflict? That was a step UP for my old Dad's hardest war. Korea was called a "police action" for the longest time and was finally upgraded to the Korean "conflict."

Jay in N.C.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 8:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

"Conflict" is so last year! I much prefer Kinetic Military Action.

Clever Twitterers:

@jwehrle: Make Kinetic Reproductive Action, Not Kinetic Military Action.

@rachel_j: Cry "manmade temporary disruption!" and let slip the muzzled canine unit of Kinetic Military Action.


Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Wrongo friendo.
I am SO last century.
Forget last year.

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:53:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


How could I have forgotten! I LOVED Kinetic Military Action! I loved it so for the implication of it's opposite (to me): Lazy / Lethargic Military Action Opposition (LMAO).

Thank you for reminding us of a great military redundancy.

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 9:31:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tango down....

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 11:40:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

editorial cmt:

Of course, "it's" is really "its".
Grammar matters.

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 3:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

Ranger cites:

Conflict (n): A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.

eh, it seems to me you Floridians have a enemy in your very front yard tearing up the joint right now!

Will I have to bring a bucket of pee if I visit?



Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6:16:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Lisa,

I thought I was the only person that sweated grammar. Sometimes it takes me an hour to write a simple comment, just because I worry about embarrassing myself with a misplaced modifier or a subject and verb disagreement. Because of all that worrying, I'm not able to completely unleash the dogs of comment. And I still make uneraseable mistakes. Damn, why can't we edit our comments?!

Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian*, wrote the definitive answer to Why Good Grammar?

The acronym for Lethargic Military Action Opposition (LMAO) is already taken and overused on the Innertubes. ROTFLMFAO!

*Truly "Underground" now, he died 10 years ago.


Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6:41:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Could someone please explain to me what the FUCK Kinetic Military Action means? The term is completely absent from my Dictionary of Modern War (granted, copyright 1991). I was also completely unaware of such a term existing when I took US Military History in college under US Army (retired) Col. Cecil B. Currey at The University of South Florida (of Victory at Any Cost fame).

(Excuse my French, but this kind of mealy mouthed euphemism REALLY pisses me off).

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i'm feelin' good 'bout all this... route 66

Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


OMG -- I LOVED The Cramps (and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper ... these guys are all of a period in my mind.)

Good memories.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:46:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


You din't know about KMA?

Oh yeah -- kinetic -- like Superhero action figures, y'know? The arms and legs bend and move, and you can walk them up sandhills and stuff ...

Like latter-day G.I. Joes.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Pink Slip Rick is indeed an enemy in our own yard. No NPR funding, now .. when will the brutalizing of culture end?


I am vigilant of grammar errors mostly w/ you in mind, knowing your precision :) Thanks for introducing me to Mr. Mitchell.

Grammar does matter.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:20:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...


Really... Mojo Nixon :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 8:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Oh yeah -- for a little while. never dyed my hair or anything (well, maybe one, tasteful orange stripe under beret.) Reverend Horton Heat, B-52's, The Ramones ... It mostly had a fun spirit, I think.

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:08:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago I watched a CSPAN segment dedicated to discussion of the UN Charter ... the participants essentially stated that traditional declarations of war have NOT been made in the post-WW II era because the UN Chater simply does NOT provide for or allow such declarations of war -- "war" is now only allowed if described as "defensive" actions or "conflicts or similar Orwellian terms ... perhaps this also why the name of the War Department was changed to the Department of Defense shortly after WW II... I've done NO research on this but the general story seems to be confirmed by post WW II events IMHO...

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 8:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

You have a good point,but i think it's all based in ideology.
Before ww2 wars were about territory and wealth stealing. Post ww2 was about ideas, national liberation wars based on Cold War conflict. In short the edges became fluffy and winning became the same as not losing.
How does a maneuver Army flank an idea? How can you win when people like the Taliban have nothing to lose.
How can we win when we can afford to lose?
thanks for the comment- i thought you deserted.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even when in temporary hibernation, I am always lurking! :) GSJ

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:16:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger CTuttle said...

Calling a war a conflict is like
calling a sniper a people person

*heh* Kinda like this...

IDF: Only a ‘Few’ Live Bullets Fired...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 4:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I specialize in ambushing LURKERS.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 12:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rt.com/news/washington-libya-transitional-council-henchmen -Has nothing changed?

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:30:00 PM GMT-5  

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