Brave and forthright Hussein takes the war to the ...............dictionary! Jihad in the White House, I say. This is beyond Orwell, this is deathspeak.
It was the most reviled policy of George W. Bush's presidency so the decision to rebrand the much derided 'war on terror' may seem particularly astute.
The wisdom of renaming it 'Overseas Contingency Operation' however, remains to be seen.
Washington speechwriters and other key officials were notified of the change today by email, according to The Washington Post.
Rebrand: Barack Obama (left) has moved away from the terminology used by George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11 attacks
The leaked memo sent from the Defense Department's office of security notes:
'This administration prefers to avoid using the term "Long War" or"Global War on
'Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.'
Email recipients were asked to pass the information on to staff - and to amend uses of the phrase War On Terror, which was adopted after the September 11 attacks in 2001, in official documents.
However, there appeared to be some confusion about where the policy originated.
Kenneth Baer, spokesman from the Office of Management and Budget, said: 'There was no memo, no guidance.
'This is the opinion of a career civil servant.'
The Obama administration has been using the phrase Global Contingency Operation for around a month, in an apparent move to distance itself from the legacy of the Bush years.
The former President resisted pressure from his own advisers to rebrand the policy, despite claims the name did not reflect the realities of the fight against terrorism.
Options had included changing it to GSAVE, or Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.
However, any such move was quashed after President Bush said it was still a war for him.
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