CURIOUS: THE ISIS WAR HAS NO NAME
In the age of branding, he U.S. military and the federal government are very careful when it comes to naming weapons, conflicts, agencies, operations. In August, the press started wondering: Why wasn’t there some evocative name for the ongoing conflict with the Islamic State? There was no, say, Operation Quell or Desert Degrader suddenly being bandied about at the Pentagon.
“This is so far not a named operation,” U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren told persistent reporters at the time, adding,” I don’t know, frankly, why we decide to name things. That’s a good question.”
he suggested maybe crowd sourcing was the answer. It isn’t, but moving right along, someone has an explanation for the namelessness.
Here’s how you can tell Barack Obama’s ‘war’ on ISIS is merely a political salve to get him through the Nov. 4 midterm elections: The military campaign ‘to degrade and destroy’ ISIS has no stirring name. No Operation Enduring Freedom label. No all-time classic Desert Storm,” says Andrew Malcolm, an Investors Business Daily columnist.
“It might seem like a small PR matter, which it also is. But operational names go in military records and history books, on military ribbons and, most importantly, on specific congressional budget requests,” Mr. Malcom continues.
“Right now, there is no specific budget request for Obama’s promised long-term effort to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS. A tell-tale sign. Given Obama’s record on veracity, this would seem to indicate ‘long-term’ in his mind means at least through Nov. 5. a very far-fetched scenario but it’s not going to stop people from buying them. A suit won’t have much use other than as a Halloween costume,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a University of Pittsburgh infectious disease specialist, tells The Guardian. border, and that Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano confirmed the phenomena. The analysis stated that the U.S. Border Patrol “regularly apprehends aliens from the 35 ‘special interest countries’ designated by our intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism.”
Hey Katie. Ready?