‘Odyssey’ or Limited Engagement? Libya Mission Title Sends Confusing Signal

By Judson Berger
Published March 25, 2011| FoxNews.com

In the end, they chose “Odyssey Dawn” back in February.

As Elliott’s alternate titles proved, they could have done worse. After all, there have been some random mission names in the past, like Golden Pheasant in Central America in 1988 and Eldorado Canyon in Libya two years before that. Other titles went a bit too far, like Urgent Fury in Grenada or Operation Killer during the Korean War.

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

In President Obama’s “odyssey,” the U.S. military gets involved in a limited engagement against the “mad dog” of the Middle East — only one that’s supposed to settle down in a matter of days.

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.

It’s anything but, the administration insists. With NATO taking partial control, U.S. officials claim the United States will soon be flying shotgun despite myriad concerns about Muammar al-Qaddafi’s staying power and the extent to which America would use force to unseat him.

But with a name like “odyssey,” it’s hard to make that case.

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