The Misfortune Teller
You Can't Do A Wrong Thing The Right Way
Bracing Views - Two Notes on the U.S. Military
Whenever I hear someone start prattling on about “surgical” bombing, I remember an appropriate response that I once heard: “Yeah, like in Civil War Surgery.”
For some reason, the thought that no one ever seems to question the absurd idea of “surgery” in connection with explosive ordnance (“Let’s perform a heart transplant using a hand grenade to open up the chest”) brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from the British pragmatist philosopher F. C. S. Schiler:
“Neither is there anything too ‘sacred,’ which generally means a fear that the things so denominated cannot bear investigation.”
Putting together the concepts of “surgery” (as in B-52) and “sacred” (as in “soldiers”) leads to:
Sacred Surgical Strikes . . .