Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Are Americans expected to enthusiastically rally behind the "Overseas Contingency Operation"?

Of course not, and that's the point. This administration does not believe we are at war and so they are not making any provisions to win that war. Sometimes it's easy to be lulled into a false sense of security about the United States. Europe is a hotter theater in the conflict with Islam but in some respects the upper-echelons or our government are just as Dhimmified as the EU. The "War on Terror" was already a bow to political correctness because it did not mention Jihad or Islam. This new phrase is effectively meaningless. If you can't name the enemy you can't defeat him, it's as simple as that.

The End of the Global War on Terror

The end of the Global War on Terror -- or at least the use of that phrase -- has been codified at the Pentagon. Reports that the phrase was being retired have been circulating for some time amongst senior administration officials, and this morning speechwriters and other staff were notified via this e-mail to use "Overseas Contingency Operation" instead.


One leading option was to change the name to GSAVE, or Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism. This was not as catchy an acronym as GWOT, but officials felt it more accurately described the battle.Then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld even used the GSAVE abbreviation publicly.

But, in a White House meeting, President Bush ruled that it was still a war for him, and Rumsfeld and everyone else went back to GWOT.

I feel wistful for the relative moral clarity of George Bush. Now that's a sad commentary.


1 comment:

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...

I must say I always thought the 'War on Terrorism' was poor and imprecise terminology, but it was Bush's attempt at diplomacy - can you imagine what sort of outcry would have occurred had he called it a war on radical Islam?

However, 'Overseas Contingency Operation' makes WoT look like great name.

Perhaps this is Obama's plan - to rehabilitate the reputation of George Bush? His actions certainly suggest it.