Now it's 'Operation New Dawn' in Iraq
Do they have a Ministry of Silly Names at the Defense Department? The war in Iraq, in case you missed it, will get a new name as of Sept. 1, when troop levels are to be reduced to 50,000. Operation Iraqi Freedom will be replaced by Operation New Dawn. This is unsettling on several levels. First, the new name bears an unfortunate resemblance to a commercial for dishwashing liquid, or maybe the latest in a vampire novel series. Second, they don’t have anything better to do with their time at the Pentagon? Third, Iraqi Freedom had admirable precision. You understood the goal. New Dawn, by contrast, is disturbingly -- and, I suspect, deliberately -- hazy. Dawn of what, exactly?
“Aligning the name change with the change of mission sends a strong signal that Operation IRAQI FREEDOM has ended and our forces are operating under a new mission,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in a masterpiece of bureaucratic obscurantism approving the name change. “It also presents opportunities to synchronize strategic communications initiatives, reinforce our commitment to honor the Security Agreement, and recognize our evolving relationship with the government of Iraq.”
I have no idea what this means -- “synchronize strategic communications”? -- and I don’t think that’s an accident. “The inflated style itself is a kind of euphemism,” George Orwell wrote. “A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details.”
What was wrong with freedom?
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