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Why does he persist in calling it “ISIL”?

December 8, 2015

OK, I know that “Levant” refers to a broader area than Iraq and Syria.

My point: if you’re trying to communicate clearly, it usually helps to speak in the jargon of the listeners.

Even, media shills refer to the terrorists as ISIS … and, they even do it to help readers —  translating what Obama means when he says “ISIL”.




To get a bit more technical, Wiki says:

“The usage of the term “Levant” has been relegated to  academia in the fields of archeology and literature, but there is a recent attempt to reclaim the notion of the Levant as a category of analysis in political and social sciences.”


An arcane academic usage … being reclaimed by politicos.

But, for what reason?


Why does he keep calling them “ISIL”?

September 11, 2014

A couple of day-after–the-speech thoughts…

First, some props for the President.

On the style front, I’ was glad that he was eyes forward last night.  As loyal readers know, for prior talks to we0the-people, I asked Why didn’t he look us in the eyes?  Apparently he reads HomaFiles and changed course.


But, the speech left me scratching my head ….