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They've invented a new euphemism for "mercenary":

Civilian soldier.

Unbelievable. "Enhanced interrogation," "civilian soldiers" ... Orwell would be proud.

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

I didn't hear the report.
Did the nice people at Nice, Polite Republicans actually coin the phrase, or were they--the usual case--quoting someone else whoome they somehow neglected to ask about the neologism???
just curious...

Submitted by lambert on

I just hate the way they chuckle together. It's the nice part of Versailles.

Anyhow, I can't say whether they coined the phrase. It's the title of an upcoming documentatary. At least I hope it's a documentary, instead of a Christianist mockumentary.

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

I hate to break to NPR, but "citizen soldier" was taken a very long time ago by the National Guard. If they check they might find a few references to the group. It's the Old Firm, been around a long time, since the 1770s, pre-dates the standing military.

If they think the National Guard is going to enjoy being lumped in with mercenaries, they are going to be unpleasantly surprised. I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't copyright issues involved.