Mission Accomplished: Operation Iraqi Freedom Finally Over

We’ve all heard from the Obama WH about the fact the the Great War on Terror, sometimes called The Long War, ended shortly after Obama took office in 2010, as was evidenced by the renaming of it to “Overseas Contingency Operations” last year.

Now after seven bloody years and by some counts over a million Iraqi deaths the Obama Administration has announced that Operation Iraqi Freedom is, according to the White House and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, finally over as well.

ABC News reported Thursday evening that…

…the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name.

The new name: “Operation New Dawn.”

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 [.pdf].


Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell had no comment on the memo, saying it speaks for itself.

The move has met with some criticism. In a statement, Brian Wise, executive director of Military Families United said, “You cannot end a war simply by changing its name.  Despite the Administration’s efforts to spin realities on the ground, their efforts do not change the situation at hand in Iraq. Operational military decisions should not be made for purposes of public relations, as the Secretary of Defense cites, but should be made in the best interests of our nation, the  troops on the ground and their families back home.”

If Gates was hoping that “Operation New Dawn” would convey a new period in the US-Iraq relationship, it’s not clear that was the best choice of name.

After all, Operation New Dawn was the name for the bloody and grueling 2004 battle for Fallujah.


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    • Edger on February 19, 2010 at 3:22 am

    It’s too much. I think I might have to throw up if things keep getting better and better like this.

    Iraqis all across their country must be cheering wildly.

    You can resume clapping now.

  1.  all I can think of is Dawn Dishwashing Detergent or the wiki entry for the word “Lucifer” which in latin means morning star or dawn.

  2. We look like we’re leaving but we actually don’t go anywhere.  

  3. wow, like the sun coming up, I dig it. Obama is clearly

    running on all cylinders now. He could have caved in and dredged up old  operational terms like “pacification” and changed it to “peacification”. But no, he really put his neck out with “New Dawn”, imagery that lays it all on the line. Man, I love our president. Way to go Barack.

    Now all he needs to do to revive the spirit of the country, energize the Democrats, reignite healthcare reform and show brave leadership is to rename the recession “Rainbow of the Future”, kind of like a bridge to tomorrow. Yes we Can!!

  4. That’s one word away from Mormon Vampire Fiction Bleh.

  5. … we entered Arizona on the Interstate and started seeing signed,

    “Trucks, drive on the left to even the grade”.

    Ever since I’ve been using the term “Arizona Road Repair” for this kind of thing.

  6. Operation Red Dawn

    • dkmich on February 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    that must mean that we are now vacationers instead of occupiers.   Obama is in the rebuilding phase and this is tourism.  Get a grip, Edger.  Can’t you tell economic development when you see it?  

  7. Wait, they are pulling out all the troops, right?

    No?  Well, maybe the old Prince saying is more apt.

    “May you live to see the dawn”  

  8. david swanson email…

    Name That War CONTEST

    Obama Calls War on Afghanistan “A New Dawn”

    What Do You Call It? (Limit 8 Words)

    I’ll start the entries:

    Operation Funnel Unlimited Cash to Killing (OFUCK)

    Enter here

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