Jake Tapper reports that the Pentagon is re-branding Operation Iraqi Freedom:
In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says 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."
You can read the memo -- a copy of which was sent to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen – HERE.
Gates writes that by changing the name at the same time as the change of mission -- the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops -- the US is sending "a strong signal that Operation IRAQI FREEDOM has ended and our forces are operating under a new mission."
Ok, so how did Operation Iraqi Freedom end - in victory? I would like to think so, and I would love to hear them say so. Maybe someone even has a stray "Mission Accomplished" banner lying about.
RECRUITING OPPORTUNITY LOST: "Iraqi Freedom" is being supplanted by "New Dawn". That's their best shot? C'mon - go with "Breaking Dawn" and recruiting centers will have teenage girls lined up around the block. Or (more boldly), a retro "Red Dawn", as a Patrick Swayze tribute.
New Dawn. Now yawn.
MORE: I suspect "Operation Sheikh It (But Don't Break It)" got the consideration it deserved. Meawhile, the name "New Dawn" is already taken:
New Dawn 118 (January-February 2010)
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