Kinetic! The New White House Buzz Word

Call It What You Want But War Is War

The Artful Dodger At Work

Sometimes I am amazed at the audacity, not to mention the stupidity, of some of the things that spill forth from The Whine House and this administration. As I read the news and came across the latest utterance reverberating through Foggy Bottom is that the spin that the Libyan humma-humma is a "kinetic" military action. That caused me to grab my dictionary to refresh my memory because I am a learned man. In physics, it has to do with motion so I was trying to connect the dots. It's actually an adjective defined as follows: relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion. Got it?

So I had to dig deeper since we're dealing with people who put The Artful Dodger to absolute shame. I called up "kinetic warfare" and got this: Kinetic warfare refers to the weapon systems that use velocity and mass, instead of explosives, to incapacitate the target.That sure didn't fit so I scratched my head and kept on going. What the heck are these people talking about? The spin Smirky's crowd is putting on this caused me angst. I reckon that was my gut reaction having been a warrior for 23 years. Shooting at people and them shooting back is a war in my book.

The actual words that were said are as follows by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor aboard Air Force One this past Wednesday, " I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone. Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly the front end." Notice that he used the uncertain words - "I think." I think I have part of it now. They are front end loading a war. Being the inquisitive frog I am, I delved further. Where did he get "I think from?" It turns out that the National Security Advise himself, Tom Donilon, threw that out for the first time two weeks prior in a press briefing. Here's his quote when they were contemplating Libya and what to do, "Military steps, and they can be kinetic and non-kinetic, obviously the full range, are not the only method which we and the international community are pressuring Gadhaffi." So old Ben was being the good parrot and playing off his bosses words of wisdom. I was still trying to fit the two concepts together so I continued to read. I like verbal gymnastics but this seemed ridiculous.

It's been called many thing over the years from being a police action, an armed conflict, to the start of hostilities but Smirky's band of merry thief's have hit on a new term to avoid using the dreaded word "war." We have entered the advent of "waging kinetic military actions" ladies and gents of America. Is that special or what? As I continued to read and research what this was all about I hit a BINGO! Why in the world were these supposedly intelligent men playing with words that would befuddle the common man became a bit more discernible.

It's the artful dodge truly in action. Congress is pissed off about Obama's actions and is letting it be known far and wide. Wow!!! We're pounding the snot out of Libya with such shock and awe (not kinetic by the way) while Obama is saying it's not a war and Congress is calling his bluff. According to that explanation, we aren't at "war" unless there are boots on the ground? Is that the dividing line between kinetic and non-kinetic? All this is definitely new to me and I did it for a profession. SSSHHH... Don't tell anyone this, but, if there are bombs dropping on anyone, there very likely are special operations boots on the ground. I pray for those guys folks if their boots are on the ground. That little secret is what I know from experience, not conjecture. The bombardment of a sovereign nation should surely be considered an act of war. Wouldn't the average person make the connection?

I've been retired since 1992. My research seems to indicate that the deep thinkers in the Pentagon , what most of us referred to often as The Puzzle Palace, have been mincing the words around for quite some time regarding bombing the crap out of someone. Using that process it isn't "war," that is kinetic in nature. Holy smokes am I glad I retired. When the top brass start in with the word play, I'm glad I'm no longer a player.

Should Congress be concerned that we have entered into a "kinetic military action" without its consent? Looking back can't you imagine General William Tecumseh Sherman uttering, "Kinetic Military Action Is Hell?" Wowser! Colonel Ollie North defines kinetic military action as the act of one party shooting at the other and the other party shooting back. Hells bells, in my book, that's a war.

There is talk from the left wing of his own party that what Smirksalot has done is an impeachable offense but more on that at a later date. Even GW Bush had enough sense to consult with Congress and get their approval, although reluctantly, before invading Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein. He sure didn't wage a war of semantics when we needed to kick someone to hell and back.

The clarity of this whole thing just isn't there for this researcher and writer. The US Constitution says what it says and it requires Congressional approval for this nation to enter into a war even if they want to play verbal volleyball and try to make clear to all of us that the action in Libya isn't a war. Now I realize that Obama thinks the Constitution is rather outdated. He has stated that before. He also stated, while on the campaign trail, that the POTUS had no authority to take the armed forces into conflict without Congressional approval. But back at the ranch now, that has done a flip flop too. At the time, Little Joey Biden also stated that he would personally lead the charge against any President who did that. So maybe the charge of the Joey Brigade should commence now after the "kinetic military action" has been done? These guys prove over and over again what absolute hypocrites they are.

Yes indeedy-do - WAR IS HELL. But calling it something else, other than what it is, serves no purpose other than to try to save your own butt from the line of fire. Obama is good at the dodge.

This morning I'm wondering if Smirksalot would like honey, or sugar, on his waffles.

Have an awesome day!.

The Frog

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

Yepper Frog - It is what it is, no matter what you call it Bull Crap smells the same. Great Hub. Up and Awesome.

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Frog,

There are two big issues here.

Legally, the War Powers Resolution will require Congressional approval to prevent ultimate forced withdrawal. The issue here is not constitutional, but one of federal code. There is in fact some question regarding the constitutionality of the WPA itself (it may violate horizontal separation of powers). But unless the WPA is vacated by the SCOTUS, Congress can legally end this after 92 days from the start if it chooses to.

The potentially bigger issue here is that overthrowing Gaddaffi may lead to a worse situation - radical Islamic rule. With so much of North Africa and the Middle East agitating for what will essentially be Iranian minionship, vital sea gates in and around the Mediterranean will ultimately be under the control of Iran. European trade security will be at the whim of extortion or denial by Tehran. And Obama's policies in Egypt and Lybia are accelerating this outcome. Central Europe, especially Germany and France, are not going to just "sit by and take it." I really believe Obummer may be helping to usher in WWIII.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - That goes a bit deep. The real issue here is trying to call "WAR" anything but what it is.

The Frog

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Carpefriggingdiem 5 years ago

Come on, FP. You're a little bit on the slow side, aren't you? If it's really not a war, and if they really can't call it some kind of "kinetic" military action, they can call it "overseas contingency operation." Damn, you're thick!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Carpe - So spank me because I left out one of the euphemisms for war. Sometimes my military mind gets a bit foggy. Maybe it was the Agent Orange.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Great writing. You can't put lipstick on this pig! Up useful and awesome!

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

In the period in which I grew up most public officials had some sort of military experience, partly because our generation of males in the United States had some contact with the military, reserves or at least the draft board.

Government language is often not meant to communicate. as the old saying goes a spade in government language is an agricultural implement.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

FP-UP and Awesome - I would have to guess we have now added a "Word Smith" department to our government to cover these situations. No doubt staffed by at least 40 people who do nothing but come up with words, or combinations of words, to hide actual events. Kind of like the difference between "Borrowed" and "Stole". Bottom line is the owner no longer has the item in his possession.

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The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Frog, you did a good one here. As we listened to all the nutheads in DC last night trying to wiggle out of facts and acting like lost puppies looking for their mommies to avoid questions. Fact still remains today--War is War.

rip van winkle 5 years ago

it kind if reminds me of the fellow who when walking through the cow pasture saw something he suspected to be bulls*&T he proceeded to smell it , yep smells like bs, tasted it , sure taste like bs, sure glad i didn't step in it!

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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Frog, I rated this up, useful and awesome and plan to tweet and FB it, if that's ok with you. Loved the phrase "verbal gymnastics", that's exactly what it is. The only kinetic thing about Obama's presidency is the astounding rate of speed at which he is pouring America down the toilet.

Pegasis 5 years ago

Once again you have lampooned the idiots as they should be lampooned. Often you write things that I wish I had said, and this is one of those times.

You also demonstrate more perserverance and patience than I will ever own. When I first saw the bizarre phrase "Kinetic military action," I just thought to myself, "Oh, new BS!!" You, on the other hand, researched it.

Kudos. Again.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Up,useful, and awesome Frog.

How embarrising it would be if my grand child looked at my purple heart and said, "Grandpa, how did you get this?" "Well son, grandpa got shot up while performing some kinetic action!" Kind of sounds like getting shot while jacking off doesn't it? Just doesn't have much of a ring to it.

You've got to remember; if you or I go to the restroom, sit on the toilet, and stink up the bathroom, we just took a dump. Right? If Obama did the same thing, you could ask him, "man did you just take a dump? To which he would reply, "No I did not." So you ask him why the hell it stinks so bad in there, and he says, " I just performed completed a bowel purification project." See, you and I take a dump. The "half black Howdy Doody" purifies his bowels. He's not just smarter and better than us, he's biologically superior too.

Good stuff my friend!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

We are all buzzing about this one today...The new word is "Kinetic Action"...what next? What a sad state of affairs our Country is in today...HELP! Thanks for a timely, informative Hub on this subject Froggy...You are a Prince!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

rip - good analogy. If it smells like BS and tastes like too, it probably is 99% of the time.

rkhyclk - Wow! Aren't you a sweetie. I appreciate any, and all, extra exposure I can get.

Pegasis - We've been around the block together a couple of times and call it like we see it. Thanks.

Jim - I wish I could post pics in my comments but can't. I have an arsenal that is quite impressive. LMBO

b. Malin - Now there you go making me blush froogy red again. Thanks and stay tuned for more.

The Frog

Stu From VT 5 years ago

But Frog, you CAN'T call it "war;" otherwise, the WPR would apply. If "kinetic military action" is too close to the mark to be effective, how about "potential strategic enforcement?" You could even abbreviate it using milspeak for greater opacity - POSTREN.

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Marcuss 5 years ago

We are technically at war in Libya. We are in a theater of war.

The theater is the middle east.NOTHING that is going to happen there is going to benefit the west whatsoever. They want democracy and they will achieve that. They will elect a extremist group and Libya/ Egypt/Yemen will be a Alqueda/Muslim Brotherhood controlled countries.

They are not going to stop until the dominate the planet. Their demonic writings affirm that.

Stu From VT 5 years ago


I think you meant to say "They don't want democracy..." The masses in these Muslim countries want radical theocracies, and they are going to get them. But their vision of a worldewide caliphate will NEVER happen. As the radicals take over control of probably all North African coastal states and many Middle East countries, they will end up with control of all sea gates in and around the Mediterranean. And all these countries will report to Iran. The upshot is that Iran will be able to extort Europe for access to trade routes, or deny it altogether. Iran will initially "look" very successful at dominating Europe via seagate control (Gibralter Straight, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf, Suez Canal, etc.). Europe will "seem" helpless to import oil or conduct foreign trade, because it's access to shipping routes will be subject to punitive fees or even outright denial. Appearances are deceiving. Central Europe WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS, especially Germany. Germany will ally with France, Italy, Austria, and Spain (the important central European powers), and BLAST IRAN AND IT'S MINION STATES TO KINGDOM COME. I'm not saying it will necessarily be nuclear, but radical Islam is GOING TO BE WIPED OUT. Central Europe has a very long term history of conquest and fierce pride. Today's "nanny-states" in Central Europe are just a fleeting blip from a long term historical perspective. When pushed hard enough, Central Europe will EXPLODE in retaliation. Read about the Crusades, and the various iterations of the Holy Roman Empire (Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, The Habsburgs, Napolean, and the Garibaldi Regime). Central Europe's fascist escapades have cost 120,000,000 lives from about 500 AD (the Imperial Restoration) through 1945 (the end of WWII). What you are seeing is the start of WWIII, and radical Islam will be wiped off the face of map.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mark - One of the interesting things is that no one in Washington seems to know exactly the political, terroristic tendencies or backers of the rebels that are rising up. Or do they?

The Muslim Brotherhood, not a band of monks by any means, were the dominate agitators of the people in Egypt. They have since pretty much worked themselves into the dominant position in the government. They aren't known as the friendliest of groups.

Maybe some people in Foggy Bottom do know the rebel composition and are ignoring it and trying to take a high road. I'm becoming more cynical each day as we move forward in righting the ship of state. Obviously there are people who don't want it righted. For their own reasons and not to be benefit of this nation and its citizens.

34th Bomb Group 5 years ago

Well - FP - it's a WAR!! Smirky simply doesn't want to use that word 'cause then he'd be admitting that he screwed up big time. If I were a Libyan and someone was raining bombs down on me I'd sure think it was a war.

It didn't pass through the House of Reps & I haven't heard anything from his camp that it even went through the "Gang of Eight." So he messed up - big time.

How's he gonna bash Bush on this one? Or tell us it's Bush's fault? It's Obammy's fault. Period.

And, yep, you're correct, Sir. There are "boots on the ground." They were there BEFORE this mess started - and they're STILL there directing the orchestra. Even if bammy wants us to think we're being "led" by a Canadian through the Blue Helmets. Last time that occurred was in Rwanda. Didn't turn out so well - no insult to the Canadian General - they wouldn't let him stop it before some people were chopping other people's limbs off.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

34th Bomb - Oh, he'll find a way to blame it on Bush. Just you sit tight!

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OpinionDuck 5 years ago

Frog Prince

My opinion is that the word WAR is no longer valid to describe military actions. That is the last real WAR that was declared by the United States was WWII.

While we still refer to military actions as War, they are not the contitutional ones. This is especially true of the military actions of the last few decades.

The Muslim extremists that kill people, including children have no particular country, and they are dispersed across the globe.

They don't wear uniforms and they kill cilivians, and yet some people want them to get the benefits of the Geneva Convention.

The point is that we need a new definition, and an amendment to the Constitution that is more accurate to describe our military actions.

my opinion...

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! My dad used to say that the world would be a better place without politicians. He said we should put rockets up their (?) and shoot them all to the moon because it wouldn't make a difference! I still laugh when I think about that:-)!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Opinion Duck - I retired not too long after Desert Storm was over (July 1992). That was a war believe me. The 2mobilization of troops and equipment was a tremendous effort and that action was approved by Congress, as should be the case any time we have to put our fine service people in harms way.

RealHousewife - I wonder what your Dad would about the numbskull's we are faced with right now. Rockets might not be good enough for this bunch.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh I'll bet his rolling over in the grave! NO DOUBT! And I'm sure no political people will read our comments either. Too hard to figure out words with more than one syllable:)! I give you Bush for proof!

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OpinionDuck 5 years ago

Frog Prince

While that is true, it doesn't address my comment.

My point was that you can't use the technical word of WAR to mean what it was intended to mean as War Powers.

It required a declaration of WAR.

Now it is an executive Commander in Chief action that is follwed up by funding from Congress.

It is not the same thing, and the troops have paid for it with apathy from Congress, the President and many people.

Iraq was not well funded for the necessary equipment needed by the ground troops.

When the country sends troops into Combat, there needs to be a unification between Congress, the President and the People. Vietnam was the biggest example of how there was no respect for the military much less the troops.

This country has never really won a war in this century or the last century because of the politicians and those people that opposed us being there.

For example, the USSR won WWII because the politicians gave up the farm. Korea was lost because the politicians gave up, not because of the military. Vietnam was a continuation of the politicians giving up and up. Both case the politicians feared USSR and China.

My point is that if you do go to WAR, then you go to win or not at all. Again, technically neither Korea or Vietnam was a real WAR, not to say it wasn't deadly and costly Combat like war.

The definition of War needs to be updated in the Constitution to be made more effective for the country. It would reduce the pissing contest of whether we should be there or not.

my opinion...

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

OpinionDuck - I value your opinion. My perspective is from being a warrior from 1968 until I retired in 1992. War is war and it is hell. The problem is when politics starts dictating the act itself. Deep I know but something I was involved in many times. When people start shooting at each other, lets just call it what it is.

The Frog

Stu From VT 5 years ago


Right on!!! You raise a CRITICAL point. Our laws address civilian crime, and crime by soldiers of flagged nations. We are so confused about how to prosecute terrorists because we have no body of law that addresses protocols, rights, punishments, etc. for prosecuting this class of criminal. We desperately need to bring our criminal laws up to date by adding a body of statute to specifically address 21st century "proxy warfare."

Again, great comment.


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OpinionDuck 5 years ago

Frog Prince

I hear you, and the real answer is War is Hell.

And the Politicians should just let the military do its job. Cleaning up Hell.



Thanks, I appreciate the understanding of the issue.

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi OD, YW!! Stu

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I think most of us know what needs to be done, but too many have to carry on a family their death.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Pollyannalana - It isn't dying that bothers me, it is the process of doing so.

The Frog

Stu From VT 5 years ago


Congress may know what needs to be done, but they are carrying out their "family tradition" to OUR death. :(


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog, don't worry. Your ObieCare premiums will be reduced by withholding anesthesia at your death panel. Overpopulation and health crisis solved. I can just feel the hope and change.

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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

As I said on Pop's Hub - I think Kenitic is a term that's similar to "jobs saved."

Where's the exit strategy? What's the plan if they don't topple M.G. from power? Just who are the insurgents we're supposedly going to arm?

Great observations Froggy!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

cjv123 - Questions, always questions huh?

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Carpefriggingdiem 5 years ago

FP, you have to make this article more complete.

First, you need to be using all the little euphemisms---and doing that properly. I know that it's not as easy as coming up with euphemisms like hiding the sausage, bouncing the pogo stick, or something of that sort, but you have to at least give it a try.

Next, you need to start getting some ideas together on how Obamaster defines "success."

Then, you gotta find evidence this lame-o is going to do anything but choke his chicken.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Carpe - I know I can always count on you to make me laugh.

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Froggie tthis is priceless ! You gotta love the complete restructuring of the english language here. Man made disasters is still numero uno for me though.

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