So this is the Iraq War, Part II. Washington Post Writers Group columnist Ruth Marcus offers these blog thoughts:
Do they have a Ministry of Silly Names at the Defense Department? The war in Iraq will get a new name as of Sept. 1, when troop levels are to be reduced to 50,000. Operation Iraqi Freedom will be Operation New Dawn. This is unsettling on several levels.
First, the new name bears an unfortunate resemblance to a commercial for dishwashing liquid or a vampire novel series. Second, they don't have anything better to do with their time at the Pentagon? Third, Iraqi Freedom had admirable precision. New Dawn, by contrast, is disturbingly hazy. Dawn of what, exactly?
"Aligning the name change with the change of mission sends a strong signal that Operation IRAQI FREEDOM has ended and our forces are operating under a new mission," Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in a masterpiece of bureaucratic obscurantism approving the name change.
What was wrong with freedom?