Operation Odyssey Dawn: Limited Engagement or an Odyssey?

Who comes up with the names for military initiatives In the case of Libya, it’s the U.S. Africa Command.  What were they thinking when they combined “kenetic” military initiatives we were assured was a simple limited engagement with an Odyssey?

Fox News has the story:

In Homer’s Odyssey, protagonist Odysseus spends 10 years trying to reach Ithaca, encountering sirens and a cyclops along the way.

As the U.S. military now concedes, perhaps “Operation Odyssey Dawn” wasn’t the best name for this supposedly in-and-out mission.

“We probably should have chosen something else, because people have read into that — some type of long, enduring voyage,” Eric Elliott, spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, told FoxNews.com.

Here’s how it works (the name was chosen in February):

In this case, a panel of representatives from different branches of the U.S. military was given a set of letters and told to craft a two-word mission.

In the first word, the first letters had to either be between JS and JZ; NS and NZ; or OA and OF. The second word could be practically anything, provided it wasn’t offensive.

The guidelines for “naming” were drafted just after the Vietnam war ended. Click the link above to Fox News. The video below is the Dixie Dregs’ live performance at the House of The Blues covering Dream Theatre’s Odyssey.


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Dixie Dregs “Odyssey” (video)

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  • I think “Odyssey” will be the true title chosen for this operation. If my understanding of the meaning of the word odyssey is correct, it fits. It is … a long wandering and eventful journey. We will see in time, won’t we.

  • I don’t think the West can win this without ground troops- I think Gaddafi will dig in, his core is loyal… and the rebels have almost nothing, we would have to arm and train them to make a difference in the outcome imho… sounds like Vietnam 1965, eh?

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