During a segment on Monday’s episode of Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade criticized the White House for not coming up with a cool, snazzy name for the operation against ISIS. Kilmeade brought on a Navy Seal, Scott Taylor, and spent a few minutes spewing Fox’s trademark faux outrage regarding the shameful action of President Obama when it comes to not providing Americans and the soldiers an opportunity to refer to this conflict with a catchy branding name.
Kilmeade and Taylor claimed that an operation name was necessary in order to provide combat medals to service members. With this claim, they are repeating the sentiment of other conservatives who have also said that soldiers won’t be eligible for medals. Kilmeade also feels that President Obama doesn’t want to give the operation a unique name because he doesn’t want to admit we are at war with ISIS. This has also been said by other Republicans and conservatives over the past few days.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Fox News:
This is just plain silly, and provides further proof that Obama Derangement Syndrome is a terrifying disease that eats away at your brain and causes you to twist any issue or subject into a reason to blame Obama. Does it really matter if this conflict has a super-awesome name? The only thing that does is allow news channels’ graphic departments to develop some cool headings and titles. However, in the real world, it just doesn’t matter that much, despite the so-called concerns about medals and recognition. I assure you, service members will be recognized for their valor regarding this conflict.
On Friday, the Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins had some fun with the alleged controversy. After highlighting complaints about the lack of a name, he provided a list of 50 eyecatching names that could be utilized by the White House. Among them were ‘Operation Schmoperation’ and ‘Tyler Perry Presents Madea’s Family Operation.’ As for Fox News, watch for this to become their scandal du jour and other commentators and reporters will hammer the point home over the next couple of days.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).