It is now called the "Overseas Contingency Operation".
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.Well, that was quick.
"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.'"
Code Pink, you are hereby relieved of duty. Congrats on the win.
I bet our guys in Iraq and Afghanistan will be happy to put their lives on the line everyday for a frickin' contingency operation.
It's official. The White House is being run by hippies.