“Regime Alteration”? We Can Do Better!

According to the WSJ, the Obama White House has decided on a new phrase to distinguish its latest Middle East policy from old-style “regime change.”

Instead of pushing for immediate regime change—as it did to varying degrees in Egypt and now Libya—the U.S. is urging protesters from Bahrain to Morocco to work with existing rulers toward what some officials and diplomats are now calling “regime alteration.”

Good luck to Obama with that. But doesn’t “regime alteration” sound a bit harsh? I mean, if you were the ruler of Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, would you want your regime “altered”?  I’m thinking of my cat here. There must be other, even more diplomatic euphemisms the White House could employ that would make reform go down more easily, and kf readers are just the ones to come up with them. Here are some of the obvious candidates.  The comments section is open for other, better alternatives.

Regime adjustment

Regime reorientation

Regime relaunch!

Regime reimagining

Regime augmentation*

Regime enhancement

Regime makeover

Regime rehab!

Regime transcendence

Regime self-realization

Regime de-reification

Regime rejiggering

Regime +

Regime renewal

Regime remix

Regime rightsizing

Regime detox

Regime, Platinum Edition

Regime: The Director’s Cut 

Update: Already good suggestions in the comments, e.g. “regime pivot,” “regime reboot,” “re-regime.”  The latter could become a sophisticated foreign policy verb, as in, “We had to re-regime Bahrain last week. Riots got out of hand.”


* — From alert twitterer @ExJon

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Vanke/100000552129448 Jeff Vanke

    Constitutionalism (that’s what 19th-c European liberals went for, as in constitutional monarchies)

  • Ryan.Iowa

    I’m ready for regime alteration here in the U.S. 2012 cannot come soon enough!

  • texasmamma

    why is the obama administration trying to out-do its own sweet self? they already had “re-set button” (and THAT and its use by the bumblers was pure gold).

    my advice (gratis) to obama and hillary: if it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it!

  • minutiae

    While I’m commenting… can you get The DC to give your blog a separate rss feed like Treacher’s?