The New York Post’s Seth Mandel called it a few weeks back when he predicted that someone would be triggered not just by the dropping of the MOAB on an ISIS compound in Afghanistan but by the nickname itself.

By that time, someone had already lodged a complaint against referring to “the epitome of lethal patriarchy” by such a grotesque nickname as the Mother of All Bombs.

He was a little late, but Pope Francis got in on the discussion Saturday, managing to complicate the issue exponentially. What does an enlightened progressive do when the head of the Catholic Church appears to take a shot at the patriarchy by praising life-giving motherhood?

“I was ashamed when I heard the name,” Pope Francis told a group of students. “A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?”

It’s an American thing … like when we call private detective John Shaft a bad mother …

Just to clarify: the caption on the photo above was not excerpted from the pope’s speech.

That will prove to be a fascinating conversation. Wouldn’t it be ironic if that’s what the Islamic State militants were discussing when the MOAB hit?

Keeping in mind that USA TODAY’s estimate of its power was off by a factor of 1,000, the mother of all bombs doesn’t even come close to these guys:

Would it be OK to drop a few more on ISIS if we change the nickname to “Nasty Woman”?

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