Pentagon to refer to ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’ in place of ‘Global War on Terror’
Oh boy, am I relieved that it’s over. Given that we were fighting such a determined enemy–fundamentalist Islam–I wouldn’t have guessed that those committed terrorists would emerge from their caves so darned quickly, white flags and all.
What’s that? The terrorists didn’t surrender? We’re just changing the name of the Global War on Terror? Oh. Well, that makes perfect sense.
It makes sense because this administration’s detente-at-all-costs approach to national security and foreign policy is dangerously rooted in political correctness and places the outward superficial perception of the United States of America ahead of the safety and security of the American people. While changing the name of the “Global War on Terror” to “Overseas Contingency Operation” may not in itself keep Americans like you and me safer, it is the perception of weakness and lack of commitment which strengthens the resolve and emboldens those who dream of our destruction. Rest assured — while the American mainstream press may downplay such a terminological transition over the next day or two, these will be red-letter days in the caves and camps across the Middle East where terrorists are trained to carry out jihad.
It also makes sense because the Democrats on Capitol Hill realize the lack of substance to their superficial ideas, and can only resort to changing the name of floundering policies rather than actually working to solve the underlying problem in question. Nobody, for example, wants to buy “toxic assets” so Tim Geithner decides to change the name to “legacy assets.” Similarly, rather than acknowledge the most dangerous threat to our national security, the very same ignorant woman who earlier this month did her best “Baghdad Bob” impression and said that violence in Mexico has yet to cross over the border into America (Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano) sidelined the term “terrorism” in favor of the more nebulous “man-caused disaster.” And for years, of course, Democrats have referred to “undocumented workers” instead of “illegal immigrants” because their laissez-faire approach to illegal immigration doesn’t seem quite as palatable to an American public reminded that these people are, in fact, here illegally.
All image. No substance. How many times did we say that about candidate Barack Obama last year? Now, those of us who dared to simply point out the obvious look like Nostradamus.
Of course, some image-conscious superficial changes are fairly innocuous. For example, even though President Obama exchanged his obvious TelePrompTer for a more behind-the-scenes television monitor, this groundbreaking bastion of oratory was still reading prepared remarks like Jimmy Fallon stumbling through a late night monologue. The problem, however, is that many of the other changes may not be so harmless. For purveyors of terrorism in Allah’s name, any sign of weakened resolve from The Great Satan serves as a veritable gift-wrapped recruiting bonus. Overseas Contingency Operation? Here in the States, not many of us know what that even means; in the Middle East, it’s a rallying cry.
The most telling part of Al Kamen’s Washington Post piece comes at the end, when he mentions that a previous possibilty of changing the GWOT acronym to GSAVE, or Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism, was met with scorn from the Bush White House.
“But, in a White House meeting,” Kamen writes, “President Bush ruled that it was still a war for him, and Rumsfeld and everyone else went back to GWOT.”
For this administration, despite all of the tough campaign talk about Afghanistan (we’ve seen what comes of campaign promises, after all), the Global War on Terror is no longer a war. It may never have been. For them, it’s an Overseas Contingency Operation — no different, on its face, than an alternative vacation destination researched by a bridegroom worried that his first plan for a honeymoon might fall through.