US soldiers belonging to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force stand guard during a patrol outside the Bagram airbase, 50 kms north of Kabul, in February 2009. The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Monday its troops killed a senior insurgent and nine associates in an operation in the southern province of HelmandMore symbolism over substance and Bush bashing from the Obama Administration.
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.
“Recently, in a LtGen [John] Bergman, USMC, statement for the 25 March [congressional] hearing, OMB required that the following change be made before going to the Hill,” Dave Riedel, of the Office of Security Review, wrote in an e-mail.
“OMB says: ‘This Administration prefers to avoid using the term “Long War” or “Global War on Terror” [GWOT]. Please use “Overseas Contingency Operation.'”
Riedel asked recipients to “Please pass on to your speech writers and try to catch this change before the statements make it to OMB.”
President Obama recently ordered an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to fight in this war against Islamic extremists.
“This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a written statement.
“The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe haven along the Pakistani border.”
This “OPERATION” sounds like a WAR to me. Has the mission changed or do you want to change the name to show disdain to President Bush?
So, what gives, Mr. President?