Thursday, March 26, 2009
OCO is loco.
The new group of people running things from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. (or, as Garrison Keillor was so fond of calling the previous group, the Current Occupant) has announced another change.
The phrase Global War On Terror (GWOT) is out. We must not call people who fly planes full of people into American buildings terrorists. We must not call people who drive automobiles full of explosives into the middle of crowds in cities all over the world and detonate them terrorists. We must not call people who put poisonous gas into the air conditioning systems of subways terrorists. We wouldn't want to offend our enemies, now, would we? Of course not.
No, no, naughty people. The new, improved phrase is Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). OCO. While it may represent change we can believe in, it is also, if you will pardon the expression while noting that it is in Spanish to recognize our largest minority group, loco.
It is also, to use George Orwell’s phrase, double-plus ungood.