Jake Tapper has an exclusive regarding the renaming of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which, perhaps, should be renamed “Operation Bush Was Right”
ABC News has learned 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.
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.”
The move, Gates writes, “also presents opportunities to synchronize strategic communication initiatives, reinforce our commitment to honor the Security Agreement, and recognize our evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq.”
After an initial “WTF?” and “President Narcissistic Neophyte is at it again,” I rethought my opposition to the name change, as it makes sense. Operation Iraqi Freedom was designed to remove Saddam while creating a new, stable, democratic government, drive out/capture terrorists, collect intelligence on terrorists (for those liberals out there, yes, there were terrorists in Iraq prior to the invasion, mostly groups aimed at Israel), secure the oil fields, and provide humanitarian relief, along with ending sanctions. Thanks to the Surge that Bush endorsed (and Obama and Biden were completely against) and made happen, the mission parameters of Operation Iraqi Freedom have been mostly met, so, yes, we can switch to new mission parameters, as Gates points out.
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