Life imitates the Simpsons

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”

The Pentagon:  “This administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ ”

Mr. Burns:  “Oh, meltdown. It’s one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an ‘unrequested fission surplus.'”  (From The Simpsons, Season 3, episode 5, “Homer defined.”)

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  • Zhombre

    And when the next outrage occurs on the US/Mexican border we can call it a Napolitano-caused disaster.

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  • Tonestaple

    Hey, wait a minute, you can’t say “man-caused disaster” – it’s sexist. I demand equal rights and equal time for woman-caused disasters or LGBT-caused disasters, or how about the ones caused by children, huh? Forgot all the rest of them, didn’t she. Silly bint.

  • el gordo

    And of course disasters just happen. No one expects you to stop an earthquake. You can only mitigate the suffering once they have happened. All those grateful victims… ah, that´s what makes a politician´s life worthwhile.

  • Mike Devx

    My God, has Mark Steyn perfectly nailed another column.
    Not so much about Orwellian doublespeak, but rather that for Obama, Islamic Somalian pirates – in fact, *any* event affecting foreign policy that isn’t specifically on his agenda – is just “a distraction” for The Chosen One.

    Come to think of it, if everything he doesn’t want to deal with is just “a distraction”, maybe that is Orwellian doublespeak after all, with the MSM in full concert harmony with him!

    The devastating critique:
    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWQwNTE2OWM2YjEwMWQzNTM4OTMzZGVhOWM0NDUxOGQ=