Monday, February 22, 2010

Operation New Dawn - We Won. Does Anyone Care?

Obama has renamed Operation Iraqi Freedom.

At the END of an operation.

Typical. Probably the only thing he can take credit for....well, the only thing that he SHOULD get credit for. We all know that he's going to take credit for the whole thing.

New York Times:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military mission in Iraq will soon be getting a new name.

As of Sept. 1, Operation Iraqi Freedom becomes Operation New Dawn.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a memo Wednesday that the name change — which is to immediately follow the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq — will send a strong signal that American forces have a new mission. He also said it reinforces the U.S. commitment to honor its security agreement with Iraq and recognizes ”our evolving relationship” with the government there.

New mission. After combat troops have been withdrawn? How do we honor a security agreement without combat troops?

David Bellavia looks at this change and puts it into context. The new name is not even original.

Our Mission is Finally Accomplished....Anybody Care?

Someone is responsible for everything that goes wrong in America. It makes us feel better to know it wasn’t our fault.

The war in Iraq was no different. While many scurried to blame Donald Rumsfeld, General Franks or President Bush for losing the war in Iraq, they bet against the American fighting men and women to turn the tide of the war. “The mission” in Iraq was evil. The troops would never be maligned as they were in Vietnam.

I don’t begrudge these people. They simply will never get it. They are the type of people you need to protect in a society. They are innocent and naive.

It is the job of the warrior to hide them under the bed and tell them it will be okay, before we run off to combat the threat.

The ones that hold my contempt are those who, even today, know of the sacrifice made, the incredible progress gained and still will not acknowledge what was won on the ground in Iraq. They cheapen the sacrifice of how it was earned. Operation Iraqi Freedom is no more.

Operation New Dawn (the exact same name of the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004) is the new name of the deployment to Iraq.

Obama will do anything in order to make himself look good. I wonder.....will military members still receive the OIF medal or will Obama make a new one......

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