8 better names for U.S. war against ISIS than ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Do we have to do all the work for you, U.S. government?

Mar 1, 2020, 7:17 pm*



Eric Geller

The U.S. government has decided to call the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State “Operation Inherent Resolve.” This name is, to put it bluntly, almost as bad as the actual 2003 invasion of Iraq.

We’re going to cut the government some slack for not coming up with a better name. They have more important things to worry about—like conducting the military operation itself. So, while the Pentagon is busy scrambling F-15s from aircraft carriers and whatnot, we at the Daily Dot decided to poll our readers for a better name.

There are a lot of things to consider when naming anything, especially a military operation that is going to be the subject of a thousand news stories. The name has to look good in both a CNN news chyron tomorrow and an American history book in 2044. Far too few people appreciate the challenges inherent in resolving this dilemma.

Luckily, we have some pretty smart readers. Here are the best of their suggestions for this new military campaign.

1) All of this has happened before and it will happen again

2) FX Networks won’t appreciate this suggestion

3) This campaign might not end by 2020

4) This sounds more like a movie

5) The cynical take

6) What we really need, inexplicably, is a bigger war

7) Something tells me this wouldn’t fit on a bumper sticker

8) And the straight-faced “AMURCA” suggestion

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*First Published: Oct 15, 2014, 5:43 pm