He was bidding a final farewell to the 9/11 nightmare and the Odyssey to kill Osama bin Laden.
But how long that lease is good for depends on Odyssey Dawn's success, and to succeed, you need clear goals.
Josh Dzieza on the history of naming military operations, from Barbarossa to Blue Spoon, and what Odyssey Dawn really means.
c.1600, "Odyssey," from Latin Odyssea, from Greek Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the ten-year wanderings of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of "long, adventurous journey" is first recorded 1889.