Did you hear?
GWOT is over.
No, not the military action. The words.
The U.S. government has decided that Global War on Terror just doesn’t work anymore.
Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. This started under Bush.
Donald Rumsfeld and company tried to replace it with Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism. GSAVE. Oh, jeez.
The new administration also needs a new copywriter.
"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."
Overseas Contigency Operation. That stirs the soul doesn’t it?
So, is there a new military ribbon for OCO? Cause you get one now if you served in GWOT.
What about the folks that have been in GWOT and are now in OCO? GWOTOCO?
Why don’t you knuckleheads in Washington try this.
It is easier to name something when you know what the mission is. Like, Nike is named after the goddess of victory to remind Nike wearers that victory is the objective. Google is a play on the word googol. It refers to the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google’s use of the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web.
President Obama said last night that we don’t have a strategic plan for Afghanistan, but we hope to have one soon. However, he did sign an order for an additional 17,000 troops plus support personnel into Afghanistan immediately.
President Obama, how could you do that if you don’t have a plan? If you don’t know what the mission is? If you don’t have a name for it?
You rightfully scorched your predecessor over Iraq for lack of a plan. Looks like the Ivy League has produced another military genius.
“On behalf of a grieving nation, I pass along my personal condolences for the loss of your daughter in Afghanistan during Overseas Contigency Operation.” Is that really what you will write to some poor family in the next week or two?
No one wants to say this, but this is a religious war. Some in Islam use the Koran to justify killing anyone that doesn’t agree with their point of view. The non-Muslim world obviously disagrees. And supposedly, so do many Muslims.
So, let’s implement a global,interfaith, research, diplomatic, educational, intelligence, and military campaign. Let’s end this once and for all.
Call it Operation Friends United to Clarify the Koran.
Call it Operation F.U.C.K.