• Iraq War Is Winding Down, "Operation New Dawn" Is Just Beginning


    President Obama has promised that when we wake up on September 1, the Iraq war (aka Operation Iraqi Freedom) will be over. But that leaves us without a theme, a brand, if you will, for all the miscellenous quagmires we'll still be mopping up in Iraq.

    At last, here's an Iraq-related issue with a very simple fix

    As of Sept. 1, Operation Iraqi Freedom becomes Operation New Dawn.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a memo Wednesday that the name change — which is to immediately follow the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq — will send a strong signal that American forces have a new mission.

    Sure! Or, it'll remind Iraqis of the time Fallujah turned into a morass of rubble and refugees.

    Either way, it's pretty catchy.


    Tags: Iraq, Robert Gates

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