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How is the “Overseas Contingency Operation” Going for the People of the Middle East?

Since March of 2009, Barack Obama’s administration is no longer using the term “Global War on Terror.”  The phrase the Defense Department replaced it with is “Global Contingency Operation.”

The Obama administration has ordered an end to use of the phrase “Global War on Terror,” a label adopted by the Bush administration shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

In a memo sent this week from the Defense Department’s office of security to Pentagon staffers, members were told, “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’”

World Can’t Wait has always referred to the actual impact of the GWOT as the global “war of terror” on the people of the Middle East.  It occurs to me that we are missing a huge opportunity if we don’t parody Obama’s new term in the cause of bringing out the truth of what’s being done to the world.

So…”overseas genocide operation”?  “overseas conquering operation”?  I’m sure you can do better.  I think we need a contest…

This question of terminology came to me today as a I read today’s very good editorial in the Tufts Daily, “A Policy with Troubling Implications.“  It begins

For those who have been following the U.S. government’s War on Terror, or “Overseas Contingency Operation” as it is now called, it should be apparent that President Barack Obama has not thus far initiated the drastic changes that many of his supporters believed he would, based on promises he made during his campaign. For example, in his first year in office, Obama ordered more drone missile attacks in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region than former President George W. Bush ordered in his last three, and he added 30,000 more troops to the area. In addition, America has continued to abduct foreign suspects and transfer them to prisons in countries that allow torture without charging those suspects of any crime.

Whatever it’s called, the long, global war of occupation and torture on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, now spreading to Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen…is illegitimate, and wrong.  And we, the people living in the United States, must raise our voices and take action to stop it.


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