He didn't REALLY end it, just changed the name. It's one fine example of Presidential/Administration "rebranding," something we can expect a WHOLE LOT more of, as The Prez's 'promises' drift into the maw of the 60-year-old USer 'tradition' of aggressive, global militarism...
'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name"The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase "global war on terror," a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor." There's real bravery there: "Overseas Contingency Operation." Nice. I like it. Takes any mention of "war" or any of that other nasty shit right outta the picture. Sanitary. Contingencies don't bleed as much as collateral damages does, I guess...
Bush's Phrase Is Out, Pentagon Says
By Scott Wilson and Al Kamen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, March 25, 2009; Page A04
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.
Not so, said Kenneth Baer, an OMB spokesman.
"There was no memo, no guidance," Baer said yesterday. "This is the opinion of a career civil servant."
Coincidentally or not, senior administration officials had been publicly using the phrase "overseas contingency operations" in a war context for roughly a month before the e-mail was sent.
Change you can believe IN!