A reader asks:
I have been trying to track down the true origin of the phrase “dirty little war”. Unfortunately that phrase caught on quick in the days of Nam. It became mainstream many decades ago. Suspect it is passé today if not yesterday.
Earliest reference I can locate in a quick web search is 1963 but feel that is too too late.
Me, I dunno. I can imagine some John Company types saying it about one of the Afghans for example, but have no idea.