Wordsmiths of War

Friday, March 28, 2003

Somewhere deep within the Pentagon, decisions are made that shape the history books of the future. Battle plans these are not - this is the realm of the linguistic. "Operation Iraqi Freedom" is simply the latest example of public relations campaigning through war naming. But as Professor Conrad Crane of the U.S. Army Military History Institute tells Bob, this name game is a recent invention.

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