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070114-707082-army-helicopter-names-are-not-racist.htmInvestors Business Daily:

Political Correctness: Despite the latest example of word-use insanity, naming a helicopter after the Indian nation that handed the U.S. Army one of its most ignominious defeats is a sign of respect, not racism.


In 2012, military blogger Crispin Burke reports, American Indian leaders were on hand to bless two brand-new UH-72 Lakota helicopters, named after the Lakota Sioux, the tribe that gave Col. George Custer a final exam on the proper use of light cavalry in combat at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.


The two choppers, christened Eagle and Turtle for prominent Indian symbols, have honor feathers in their cockpits, gifts from the tribe to the North Dakota National Guard.


It shows how much political correctness has run amok in the light of the Washington Redskin madness that the outrage over Army helicopters comes not from Indians, but the editorial pages of the Washington Post.


There, Simon Waxman, managing editor of Boston Review, called the use of tribal names for helicopters an "injustice" and even objected to the Tomahawk cruise missile or that the operation that dispatched Osama bin Laden was dubbed Operation GeronimoScissors-32x32.png

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