operation “sharks with laser beams”…

I’m intrigued by the names the U.S. attaches to its military operations (most recently “Enduring Freedom” nee “Infinite Justice”). I just discovered several good lists (including this list) of such operations.

I’d comment on some of the names – some of them real head-scratchers – but I think they really need to speak for themselves. Incidentally, several of the sites listing U.S. military operations included this very creepy poem:

Then conquer we must, when our cause is just
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

(by the way, the above is actually a stanza from a verse of our national anthem)

Finally (and I know this is not a new observation in the least), but articles like this one, on the topic of Bush’s biblical rhetoric and religious motives, and military operations with names like “Infinite Justice” point frighteningly to Bush’s assumption of what he believes to be divine will.