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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What's a War Without a Slogan?

From the Chicago (Ill.) Tribune:

Troops' Gravestones Have Pentagon Slogans

By DAVID PACE
Associated Press Writer
Published August 23, 2005

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Unlike earlier wars, nearly all Arlington National Cemetery gravestones for troops killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are inscribed with the slogan-like operation names the Pentagon selected to promote public support for the conflicts.

Families of fallen soldiers and Marines are being told they have the option to have the government-furnished headstones engraved with "Operation Enduring Freedom" or "Operation Iraqi Freedom" at no extra charge, whether they are buried in Arlington or elsewhere.

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Some suggestions for retroactive slogans:
  • American Revolution— Operation White-Guy Freedom
  • Mexican War— Operation California Dreamin'
  • Civil War— Operation Surplus Population Abatement
  • Vietnam War— Operation Enduring Quagmire
  • Invasion of Grenada— Operation Foregone Conclusion

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