What the administration's catch phrases are really meant to achieve.
“Language and words are how we encapsulate meaning. Hence, if you control language, you control thought.” (Changingminds.org)
Time and again, “catch phrases” are used amongst national security leaders. This includes military, political appointees, and even our own President. Key terms are used to control our own thoughts. More and more are popping up and most recently, the greatest catch phrase of all is beginning to circulate the internet: “Kinetic Military Action Promoting Humanitarianism.”
In one way or another, numerous members within the current administration have stated that the actions occurring in Libya are “Kinetic Military Actions Promoting Humanitarianism.” They have all stressed that fulfilling such activity is not to be construed as a declaration of war. Only a political appointee with a legal background could justify this statement.
Kinetic normally refers to motion. In a military sense, the term has moved to a new meaning: lethal. Today, U.S. troops engage in kinetic (lethal) and non-kinetic (non-lethal) operations. In Afghanistan, one could observe both types of operations through kill and capture of High Valued Targets or the building of schools and medical clinics in an attempt to “win hearts and minds.” Hmm, another catch phrase used too often to dupe the masses.
The actions taking place in Libya are lethal activities by our very own military-kinetic in nature. One must question though how any activity involving the killing of another can be construed as humanitarian in nature. Dissecting catch phrases to understand true meaning is essential today for anyone interested in better understanding what our own administration is really up to: controlling thoughts of the people.
Some of the more frequently used catch phrases to control thoughts are more than amusing:
Social Justice -- originally refers to the principle of equality and solidarity for greater economic egalitarianism through increased taxation, income and property redistribution. Seems more like a one way streak for those that are too lazy to capitalize on the never ending opportunities for success; not truly social or just at all.
Battle Rhythm -- describes those events that a unit conducts on a recurring basis that facilitates setting the conditions for success. Question: doesn’t a unit need to be engaged in tactical “battle” to determine the rhythm if this is the case? The average “battle” in Afghanistan lasts only a few short minutes. So, why do military leaders to include even those in the Pentagon talk about the “battle rhythm” on a daily bases when they aren’t even involved in the tactical battle? Maybe it should be referred to as the “war rhythm.”
Freedom of Information -- is legislation pertaining rules that guarantee access to data held by the state. If access to such information is presumably free and guaranteed, why does it take so long to obtain if it can be obtained at all? Oftentimes, replies from inquiries of such data come back “confidential” meaning, it’s not publicly accessible.
And the most frequent that is likely to be used by President Obama when he addresses the nation is “let me be clear.” Barrack, you could not be so cluttered if you tried. Yes, many can see right through you though so maybe you are clear but that clarity is not free from flaw.
Who knows, maybe in due time, another leader will take over a significant position of authority and decide to bring back carpet bombings. To win the hearts and minds of Al Gore and his environmentalist, along with many other American people, this activity should be referred to as “Expeditionary Green Cultivation Activities.” It can’t be any worse than Kinetic Military Action Promoting Humanitarianism.
Kerry Patton has served in the U.S. Defense and Justice departments, and as a contractor within the Homeland Security and State departments. He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban. He is the author of “Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of Intelligence Studies.”