Tuesday, October 02, 2007

 

GWOT NOT

The incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) notified subordinate commands of a top priority of the CJCS as he assumes command, according to John Donovan, posting at Castle Argghhh!.

Fighting the Global War on Terror (GWOT)? In a fashion, yes:

From:
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:10 PM
To
:
Cc:
Subject: *****REMOVE ANY REFERENCE TO GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR" OR "WAR ON TERROR" FROM ALL CORRESPONDENCE*****

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
J
-X,
Today, we have received clear direction from Adm Mullen (incoming CJCS) regarding the phrase "Global War on Terror". He does not like this reference and we are not to use this in any future correspondence. Review your letters, orders, JSAPs, and presentations to ensure this reference is removed.
Ensure strict compliance.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
R/S,
LtCol
X.

I thought we'd put this nonsense behind us, well the really reality-based world that is.

Sure the NYT has to include a paragraph worth of political commentary masked as caveat, every time they have to report of AQ misdeeds and misadventures in Iraq, formerly known as Mesopotamia several thousand years ago...[and so on].

But that's the Times under current ownership.

The new CJCS doesn't like the Global War on Terror, how it sounds? What, he gets a lot of crap from his fellow country clubbers? He's jockeying for a key appointment in what he expects will be an incoming Dem administration?

Or is it the idea that we're fighting terrorists and their terror, instead of discrete enemies that can be named and have letterhead with an official organizational address?

"I'm sorry, you can't be an Official Enemy of the United States" -- which entitles you to this nifty logo with matching T-shirts and caps -- unless we have a permanent mailing address."

Or maybe it's the idea that the war is global, like we're fighting the whole world? I am sure our would-be Jihadi enemies would like to think so.

Hey maybe that's the strategy here! If we keep ignoring who and what our enemies are and how they operate, maybe they'll get all jealous and jump up and say, "hey, what about us?! Why can't we be in an axis of evil or something? What are we, chopped liver?!" That’ll make them easier to spot!

We lose when we buy into the arguments of the opposition, that somehow we bring violence upon ourselves by being overly "aggressive," insensitive, "cowboyish," and all such drivel.

PC taken to its logical extreme, where resolve drains away and nations die.

Also linked at MILBLOGS.

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