GWOT becomes Overseas Contingency Operations

| March 25, 2009

Apparently, in an attempt to make us safer by changing the language we use, the Obama Administration has decided to rename the Global War on Terror to Overseas Contingency Operations according to the Washington Post;

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.’ ”

The memo said the direction came from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that reviews the public testimony of administration officials before it is delivered.

Not so, said Kenneth Baer, an OMB spokesman.

“There was no memo, no guidance,” Baer said yesterday. “This is the opinion of a career civil servant.”

Coincidentally or not, senior administration officials had been publicly using the phrase “overseas contingency operations” in a war context for roughly a month before the e-mail was sent.

Right before we became involved in this global war on terror, the Clinton Administration decided to water down our language and redesignated “rogue nations” to “nations of concern” – the same kind of language the police use. Now our war against terrorists are ‘contingency operations” – it sounds more like meals on wheels operations than a war.

Our enemies think they are in a war, what with all the missile attacks and death and destruction involved. Our soldiers think they’re in a war – their families think it’s a war. Apparently the only people who don’t think we’re in a war are our leaders. It’s just another indicator that this Administration is not prepared for the challenges it faces when it thinks that language is more important than their commitment to dealing with the threat we all face.

Of course, all this really represents is a chldish move away from “everything Bush” – and attempt to cover up the successes of the Bush Administration and hide the fact that this new administration has no intention of doing anything except be the anti-Bush presidency. Four more years of this mental masturbation.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Liberals suck, Terror War

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  1. Navy Chief says:

    This bunch of idiotic, ivy league turds will go to any length to appease the enemy. They will suceed in snatching defeat from victory by hamstringing our military at every turn. They did it in Vietnam, in Somalia, the Balkins and they’re hell bent on doing it here. What they fail to realize is everything we do, in this vain, is perceived as weakness by the enemy. In the mean time, they’ll work hard to strip our military to fund their socialist agenda. These are damn dangerous people who will lie, cheat and steal for power, no matter the consequences.

  2. UpNorth says:

    As the Obamunist said, he’d stop funding on “unproven” technology. That would have included the Osprey, the MRAP vehicle and I’m sure it’ll include the F-22 Raptor, the F-35 JSF and the Missile Defense system, leaving the Poles and Czechs swinging in the wind. Navy Chief got it right, the maroons in DC will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, just so they can fund ACORN and add another Trillion to the deficit.

  3. 509th Bob says:

    Why not Operation Constipation? Definition: The tight clenching of the sphincter muscles experienced by liberals who are traumatically subjected to the emotional distress caused by merely contemplating the defense of the nation. Examples include Code Pink members, IVAW members, ….

    Hey, let’s have a contest! Name the BHO Constipators!

  4. Trish says:

    1. A rose by any other name, is still a friggin ROSE!
    Calling something like Global terrorism by a name that inspires righteous fear, and patriotism, makes sense. Has a nice ring to it too, Global War On Terror. No misunderstanding what is meant by this phrase. And it makes me want to stand up and join the cause, to free the globe from terror!
    Calling something akin to Global Terrorism by a name that is politically correct for all the wrong reasons, inspires stupidity, ignorance and dangerous apathy.
    Overseas Contingency Operation, sounds like a plan to send your naughty children to a boarding school in Switzerland, if they don’t straighten up.
    This Admin is full of A&%hats.

  5. JuniorAG says:

    Ohhh mommiee make the baaad war go away…

  6. Scrapiron says:

    ‘Terrorists’ missed the biggest chance they will ever have to go down in history. They should have blown D.C. off the map while the entire congress was in session and O’Dumbo was in town. Evidently GWB destroyed their capability to do anything other than run their mouth like the ‘pretend’ soldiers.

  7. j3 says:

    Other terms given to the media by the current admin:

    IED = “accidentally detonated civilian fireworks display”

    firefight = “interpersonal disagreement peripherally involving possible use of weapons”

    hostile = “disenfranchised indigenous person given to uninhibited expressions of discontent”

    asshole = White House staff and media suckups.

  8. NavyMC says:

    When/where have I heard something like this before? Oh,yeah, when “illegal immigrant ” became “undocumented worker”.

  9. The Sniper says:

    Should we start calling Islmaic terrorists “Muslim malcontents”?

  10. Just A Grunt says:

    Now I am impressed. Michelle Malkin puts up an entry using a WaPo article that gives a link back to this post. Damn that either makes you one of the kewl kids or a part of the MSM.

  11. Hey, cool, you know the big dogs in the PAO of the AF are reading ya!

  12. killemallandletgodsortemout says:

    Care there, Sniper. “Malcontents” has such an unfriendly connotation. Maybe the “Misunderstood Muslims”…

  13. Blanka says:

    And to think that back in ’91, Bush Senior attended the Univ. of Mich. graduation and spoke against ” . . . a movement [that would] declare certain topics ‘off-limits’, certain expressions ‘off-limits’, even certain gestures ‘off-limits.'”

    “Overseas Contingency Operations” sounds so… sedate… kind of pats you on the shoulder and tell you everything’s going to be just fine. After all, we’re making real progress: one step forward, two steps back.