I was listening to the news about Libya earlier this week. According to on-scene reports, planes dropped bombs, ships launched missiles, tanks rolled, bullets flew between government forces and rebels and lots of people got killed and wounded.
It seemed like a war. But the official U.S. government spokesman clarified – and the media reported – that our country was not involved in a war but, rather, a kinetic military action.
What a relief! Bullets probably don’t hurt as much in a kinetic military action as in a war, right?
No. Not really. And this is just an example of the attempt by government and complicit media to spin reality, to use words to soften the reality of what is happening.
I doubt this is the last we’ll hear this sort of distortion. Look out for the following:
· A government stimulus package called a kinetic economic action.
· Government takeover of a car company called a kinetic automotive action.
· Billions spend on high-speed rail called a kinetic transportation action.
· A tax increase called a kinetic revenue action.
· A job layoff called a kinetic personnel reallocation action.
· Spending on a bridge to nowhere called a kinetic land-linking action.
· A grant to a cowboy poetry contest called a kinetic western cultural preservation action.
· An abortion called a kinetic pre-natal elimination action.
Ridiculous? Don’t bet on it. Government and media have created an art form of calling a sewage treatment pond a lipid pool natural beauty.
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