The cliche As we noted yesterday, this week's news cycle is filled with stories involving high stakes decisions. But of all the important moments this month, it seems the White House singled out today as one in which a debt deal must be forged. "The White House says this is D-day, the day a deal has to be in place to beat the August second deadline," says WLTZ News. But wait. Just yesterday, as leaders struggled to forge a deal on the Greek debt crisis before day's end, The Scotsman declared "Europe faced D-Day over Greek debt crisis talks" or as World's First Currency Exchange put it more succinctly: "D-Day for Europe." And--hold on--this morning Niners Nation asked of the NFL lockout negotiations, "Is D-Day at hand?" BET supplied the answer. "It's D-Day for NFL Owners and Players," it declared. How many D-Days can we have in a year?
Where it's from When people hear "D-Day," they almost certainly think of June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Europe on the Normandy beaches and turned the tide of war against the Axis powers. The day looms large in historical memory and has been gruesomely relived time and again, (in the graphic opening to Saving Private Ryan, to name a well-known example.) The term is actually a general one in military planning, not created specifically for that day. The "D" may stand for "day" (as weird as "Day-Day" sounds) and military strategists use it as a variable when they are planning an operation without a set date or with a date they need to remain secret.