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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A war by any other name


First rule of marketing: When the brand is tarnished, change the name.

So the Iraq war is getting a new name.

Effective Sept. 1, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” becomes “Operation New Dawn.”

ABC News first reported the name change on Thursday, quoting a Feb. 17 memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying the “requested operation name change is approved to take effect 1 September 2010, coinciding with the change of mission for U.S. forces in Iraq.”

So why the name change? Maybe we never really brought freedom to Iraq so “Operation Iraqi Freedom” is both outdated and incorrect. Gates says the name change recognizes the change of mission for U.S. forces in Iraq, which is Pentagonese for “we really didn’t have a valid reason for invading this country in the first place and we didn’t accomplish a damn thing we set out to do so we might as well cut our losses and get the hell out.”

So now we “Operation New Dawn.” Is it because a new day is dawning in Iraq or is it because it is finally dawning on these guys that the whole Iraq think was FUBAR from the beginning?

Good question.

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3 thoughts on “A war by any other name”

  1. Whammer Jammer Carl, they have taken the minor leagues of jello and injected the populace with hopeless disregard “X”,

    I’m not going to starve and neither are mine minus gelatin.

    If you can’t find work make War.

    Thus I, an American chose, whence upon circumstances I nay control, to follow one eye at a time.

    Sick, slick, and continues to work to our demise..Heck

  2. Well said Mr. McClellan and we’re witnessing the direct result of a fulltime, professional military gone wild.

    Many if not most Americans seemingly have no concern for our losses. They’ve got problems of their own concerning employment, foreclosures and other issues. I’ve had folks say to me “hey, they wanted the job, if they get killed tough, the hazard comes with the territory”.

    So as Warren, a fellow poster pointed out in one of his replies these military conflicts have become a seemingly modern era form of fulltime employment for many young men and women. They either do this or come home to the unemployment lines or possibly go to school with the government even reneging bigtime concerning Vet benefits.

    If the government pulls the plug on these conflicts now, then tens of thousands of servicemen and women who decide to leave the military or are reduced as a function of cutbacks will be facing long term unemployment. Also the industries that support these contrived conflicts will also suffer the same meaning less tax revenues to government along with more unemployment. It’s as if “We the People” and the government is now feeding upon itself, producing nothing, but wasting much.

    Eisenhower warned us of the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex, but in his original draft he wrote Military/Industrial/Congressional complex. He decided to remove the word Congressional from his farewell speech so as not to ruffle Congressional feathers.

    So we have an out of control, rogue group of Senators and House reps who continue to feed the MI side of this deadly evolving reality of perpetual war against drugs, terrorism and eventually against the very people; ie., the unwitting taxpayers that have supported this ballooning nightmare since the end of WWII.

    It won’t be going on much longer because 2 trillion (two thousand billion) dollars worth of debt is coming due within the next year and current bond auctions have been a bust along with long term supporters; ie., China, Japan et al. of this national profligacy cashing in their chips (bonds) and fleeing for the exits. There will be no one to buy bonds unless ol’ Uncle kicks the interest “bait” upward quite possibly in the double digit realm before all is said and one. Lincoln was bewildered towards the end of the Civil War moreso by the bankers than the conflict due to the fact we were paying 26% on our debt to wage war mostly supplied by the Rothschilds of Europe.

    Obama & Co. are nothing but flimflam feather merchants and their day of reckoning is coming in November 2010, then again in 2012, one month before December 21, 2012; ie., the end of a grand cosmic cycle along with many other cycles including the wealth of nations along with the migration of power from the West to East; ie, China, Japan, Malaysia etc.

    My advice to you and my fellow posters is trust only in gold, guns and grub with “the full faith and credit of the United States of America”, along with with its once high ideals meaning absolutely nothing. We’re bankrupt morally and materially and will pay the supreme price for our national hubris and trust in liars and knaves for our leadership from the local to national level.

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Good God what fools they think we be!

    Secretary Gates should ask the relatives who place the wreaths upon the cold cold ground in anywhere USA whether they give two squirts what ultimate sacrifice is labeled as.

    The nerve of these mongrel war dogs to reclassify the blood spilled with inane acronyms and catchy phrases designed to deflect their ineptitude from the public eye.

    What is this subhuman condition infecting our very core principles? Do these fools need 60’s style in your face confrontation to wake them from their morbid dreams of domination and fear that they might have to make a place for all on this ever frighteningly smaller blue orb?

    Are they pushing and pushing for reaction here, hence checking the barometer of our distaste so they know when not to go too far?

    Clearly from here, Washington has no other plan than to relabel defunct and dysfunctional behavior as the new same as the old fully expecting no backlash.

    I suggest we raise “it”, our literary as well as community activism an octave or two, lest we too, become an acronym..Hack..

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