Sunday, July 13, 2008

Newspeak

The Defense Department unveiled its new policy on cluster munitions. In it, the weapons, which scatter tiny bomblets over huge swaths of territory, are described as “legitimate weapons with clear military utility.” Not only do “they provide distinct advantages against a range of targets,” a Defense Department press release notes, but “their use reduces risks to U.S. forces and can save U.S. lives.”
That's right: cluster bombs save lives (or at least allegedly so for the only lives that apparently count: i.e., those who are not brown-skinned peoples who just happen to be the unfortunate recipients of cluster bombs).

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