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More Name-Changing Fun From The Obama Administration

by @ 11:50 am on March 25, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, War On Terror

As I noted earlier today, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano recently decided that terrorism would now be referred to as a “man-caused disaster.”

Well, the name changing didn’t stop at DHS:

The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor.

In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ “

Now, personally I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “War On Terror” for the reasons I noted back in 2006 when Britain decided to stop using the term:

In some sense, this isn’t a bad idea. I’ve never thought that the “war on terror” was an appropriate phrase to describe the conflict the world is presently engaged in. Terrorism is despicable, but it is just another military/political tactic. Calling this war the “war on terror” is, in some sense, akin to referring to World War II as the “war on tanks.” We’re not fighting a military tactic, we’re fighting an ideology. And a lot of people don’t seem to recognize this fact.

So, in that sense, I’m not entirely sad to see the phrase disappear from use, but, seriously, ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’ ? What the heck does that even mean ? At least with the “War On Terror” you had a rough idea of what they actually meant. The phrase the Obama Administration has chosen is nothing more than meaningless bureaucrat-speak that tells us nothing about what their policies will actually be, and makes one wonder if they even have a policy.

But I guess we’ve got to come up with a new name, huh ?

Personally, I’ve always favored the term “War On Islamofascism,” but I realize that most people wouldn’t consider that politically correct. So, how about we go with this suggestion from the comments over at Hit & Run:

“Operation Barack the Casbah?”

Sounds good to me !

One Response to “More Name-Changing Fun From The Obama Administration”

  1. the Mesazon says:

    More examples of the last two administration’s complete inability to form a cohesive and coherent response to the threats we face. At least War on Terror conveyed some meaning, as problematic as it may have been, unlike OCO- did they run a random generator for the middle word?

    I do, however, have a real problem with the term Islamofascism. In my opinion, it’s a complete anachronism– “fascism” seems to be dragged out simply because of our familiarity with the evil ideology advanced during WWII, which then had some roots with Roman authoritarianism. Islamic radicals in no way draw upon the cultural legacy of Romanitas (only using references to Romans to demonize the West).

    Salafism would be a more accurate term, but is problematic in its own ways. I think until our government thinks more critically about what our intentions and responses should be, we will languish with imprecise language like “War on Terror” or the laughable “Overseas Contingency Operation”.

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