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Operation Wild Badger

Introducing a wee device for the creation of names for U.S. military operations.

After reading an article about the methods the U.S. military uses to generate names for overseas actions, I jealously created my own Ftrain Random Military Operation Names Generating Device. Click on the link and you'll see what I mean; 10 samples follow:

  1. Operation Unleashed Children
  2. Operation Durable Serpent
  3. Operation Iron Vulture
  4. Operation Green Troll
  5. Operation Unpredictable Badger
  6. Operation Perpetual Explosion
  7. Operation Gnashing Butterfly
  8. Operation Infuriated Vengeance
  9. Operation Unindulgent Cyclone
  10. Operation It's Best to Avoid Our Diplomacy

I hope you'll find this tool useful in planning your own foreign policy.

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Perhaps, in the small confines of my own life, I'll transform each initiative into an operation. My search for a job will be Operation Angry Badger - certainly a more movivating title than “look for a job.” My plan to restructure Ftrain.com will be Operation Delirious Judgement, and my plan to find a nice person to date steadily shall become Operation Outraged Lilac. If, with a friend, I visit Chicago next week, it will be under the aegis of Operation Furious Troll.

Writing this short essay falls under Operation Permanent Necktie, which will be finished within a few sentences; when it's done, I'll move on to Operation Midnight Venom, which will consist of getting dressed and going to meet someone for dinner.

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See also: Operation War Language at the Washington Post; Body of Language.


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