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Now they own it

Finally, they've come up with a name for our war/not war in Iraq in Syria, and it's exactly the kind of name you would expect for a futile, politically driven operation by an utterly incompetent administration:

More than two months after the U.S. first launched airstrikes against the Islamic State, the military mission has a name: “Inherent Resolve.”

A senior military source confirmed to Fox News that “Inherent Resolve” officially has been chosen as the title of the operation.

The name comes after questions were raised about why the administration had not named a mission that has escalated to involve several coalition partners and hundreds of airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria.

As of Sunday, the U.S. had conducted nearly 400 strikes in both countries. The number has risen since then – on Wednesday, the U.S. military said it launched another 18 airstrikes overnight near the contested Syrian city of Kobani, intensifying an air campaign against Islamic State militants' efforts to capture the city near the Turkish border.

Why the mission was not named until now is unclear.

Every U.S. military intervention since the invasion of Panama in 1989, code-named Operation Just Cause, has had a name.

Inherent Resolve. Let's think about that a minute. "Inherent" is something you're born with. It's a part of you. "Resolve" is something you have to create or find -- it doesn't come with the package. So the very name Inherent Resolve is self-contradictory and therefore meaningless. Like I said, what you'd expect. And resolve, really? From this administration?

"Why the mission was not named until now is unclear." I like this:

The delay over naming the Iraq and Syria mission has led some to suggest politics is at play. The latest war, some officials said, is one the Obama administration didn’t seek or eagerly embrace. “If you name it, you own it,” said a defense official. “And they don’t want to own it.”