But of all these terms, the newest to my ears is also my favorite: a goat rodeo. Originally referring to the use of goats as lasso targets for children, the term has come to mean a profoundly messy, complicated situation which has few-to-no good outcomes. A fair example of the original use can be seen here.
Back in my days as a rocket scientist when even "Real Men" rarely swore and consequently even acronyms were Bowdlerized Fouled Up Beyond All Repair was a useful and satisfying description of a Stage IV or V+ Goat Rodeo. These days when Fucked-Up is almost praise, a new term was sorely needed. Goat Rodeo even in its original Stage I iteration is intuitively easy to grasp and as intuitively generalizable to any situation. What better description of a paleface militia action is there other than a Stage II Goat Rodeo.