This page is about the doublespeak term surgical strike
a bomb or missile attack that's supposed to accurately strike its target
- We conducted a surgical strike on a military target next to a hospital.
- Our surgical strikes are very accurate, but unfortunately this one hit the hospital by mistake.
This is doublespeak because it creates the false impression that the strikes are as accurate as a surgeon's knife and never miss their targets. Also "precision bombing", as opposed to "carpet bombing" in which many bombs are dropped over a wider area in order to destroy everything and everyone there.
"Surgical strikes" are carried out with
Contributor: Matt Errey