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“Kinetic Military Action”

That’s the Obama administration’s new moniker for starting a war with Libya and hoping nobody notices:

In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer.  “I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone,” Rhodes said.  “Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end.”

Rhodes’ words echoed a description by national security adviser Tom Donilon in a briefing with reporters two weeks ago as the administration contemplated action in Libya.  “Military steps — and they can be kinetic and non-kinetic, obviously the full range — are not the only method by which we and the international community are pressuring Gadhafi,” Donilon said.

The Bush administration tried a similar tactic in 2005, with the War on Terror, but was quickly dropped.

Both instances are equally dumb in their own way, and insulting too.  The implication being that the American people won’t consider American jets bombing Libya as what it is–a military action, a war, if we just call it something else.  Will the left step up and renounce this hypocrisy by their beloved Obama administration?

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