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Deadline’s today for contest to name Obama’s new Iraq plan

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The coveted, official In the Loop T-shirt can be yours! (Washington Post photo)

Most everything the military does has some cool name. Operations in Iraq have had a bunch. There was Operation Desert Storm in 1991 to kick Saddam out of Kuwait; Operation Provide Comfort that same year, to deliver relief and protect the Kurds in northern Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom, the invasion to kick out Saddam and bring democracy to Iraq from 2003-2011.

So far, it doesn’t seem Obama’s plan has gotten a moniker. But Loop fans can help! What should we call this effort?

Send your suggestions to: Subject line: Iraq Operation Name: The top 10  winners will receive an  official — and highly coveted — “In the Loop” T-shirt.

Be sure to provide your name, profession, mailing address and T-shirt size (M, L or XL), in case you’re a winner. You must also include a phone number — home, work, or, preferably, cell — to be eligible. Submit entries by close of business Friday, June 27.

(Note: there will be 11 winners this time because we got an entry even before we launched the contest. The entry from a member of the Armed Forces who might not want to be identified. His suggestion?: “Operation Shiite Storm.”)

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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