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  • "But the coining of neologisms shouldn't just be left to those in Washington, so let me suggest one that hints at one possible new world over which our newest president may unexpectedly preside: Ir-Af-Pak. Let it stand, conveniently, for the Iraq-Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater of Operations -- a neologism that catches the perilously expansionist and devolutionary possibilities of our moment."
    - Tom Engelhardt, Obama Looses the Manhunters, tomdispatch.com, 14 June 2009.

    At the end of the article there is a note:
    "Credit where credit's due: the neologism, Ir-Af-Pak, is actually the invention of Jonathan Schell."

    June 15, 2009