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The Overseas Contingency Operation Against Man-Caused Disasters

This would be funny, if it weren’t a serious topic.
A couple weeks ago, the German newspaper Der Spiegel questioned DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano about not using the word “terrorism” in her first appearance at a congressional hearing. To which she replied:
“In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”
Hmmm. Don’t have an auto accident, because that might get you on a Man-Caused Disaster-ist Watch List.
Today, it got a whole lot worse. According to the Washington Post, reducing terrorism to “man-caused disasters” wasn’t going far enough:
“The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’ ” The memo said the direction came from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that reviews the public testimony of administration officials before it is delivered.”
Goodbye, GWOT…hello, OCOMCD (pronounced o-com-cid). Add this to the list of odd looking-and sounding-military abbreviations (like MOOTW, military operations other than war).
I’m certain the Islamic extremists we’re fighting-ahem, operating-against are still referring to their actions against us as a “holy war.”


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