No Comment — March 25, 2009, 7:59 am

RIP, GWOT

As I predicted in a column in the American Lawyer, the Obama Administration has laid to rest one of the signature concepts of the Bush Administration: the Global War on Terror, known by its acronym GWOT. The Washington Post reports:

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 decision was hardly revolutionary. It actually implements a consensus upon which Bush’s own Pentagon and State Department had agreed, but the White House had blocked for domestic political reasons. Here’s the essence of the rationale:

John A. Nagl, the former Army officer who helped write the military’s latest counterinsurgency field manual, said the phrase “was enormously unfortunate because I think it pulled together disparate organizations and insurgencies.” “Our strategy should be to divide and conquer rather than make of enemies more than they are,” said Nagl, now president of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank in Washington. “We are facing a number of different insurgencies around the globe–some have local causes, some of them are transnational. Viewing them all through one lens distorts the picture and magnifies the enemy.”

The same view had been adopted by virtually all of America’s allies in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • http://www.seedpeer.me/details/7391729/Alex-Jones-Parody-2.html Arthur Wyss

    Virtually all terrorism in the world comes directly or indirectly from the USA. The American government routinely carries out false-flag attacks and tries to blame the attacks on others. The Yinon Plan is the real purpose of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), which is the plan to destabilize and/or invade, loot, and depopulate all countries in the area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates to create “Greater Israel.” The American government needs the gold in the national treasuries of the countries they invade, and in every country invaded by the USA, the first target is always the gold reserves of the invaded nation. The gold is always robbed from every invaded nation and sent to the Federal Reserve in NYC to try to replace the gold reserves of other nations that are held in trust there, but which have already been stolen by the same crooks that control the U.S. government.

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