<\body> Stories in America: Happy Mission Accomplished Day!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy Mission Accomplished Day!

On this day in 2003, the current President donned a flight uniform and landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. In a speech that will go down in history as a public relations disaster, Bush declared major combat in Iraq over and the banner above his head said, "Mission Accomplished!" Since that speech, 2,401 American soldiers and more than 34,000 Iraqis have lost their lives.


At 5/02/2006 7:28 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I've mentioned this before, but obviously certain myths die hard on the left. To repeat:

In the military, there are missions within missions. I know, I know, this is confusing, but it is true. For example, the invasion of Iraq was a mission for Central Command (CENTCOM). CENTCOM, in turn, assigned missions to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. They, in turn, assigned missions to their subordinate units. And so on, ad infinitum.

In that regards (not nuance), the sign on the aircraft carrier did not mean "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" for the global war on terror. It meant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" for the USS Abraham Lincoln. This CNN article from 29 October 2003 discusses that.


At 5/02/2006 9:01 AM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Yeah, I'm sure the Bush team had no alterior motives with that mission accomplished sign. It must be hard being you, timmy.
btw, I don't worship comedians or singers, but I sure as hell appreciate it when they speak out. You must have a short memory, timmy. Don't you remember the past few years? Speak out and be branded a traitor. Geez.

At 5/02/2006 9:58 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Looks like you didn't read the story...

"...I'm sure the Bush team had no alterior motives with that mission accomplished sign."

From the CNN report:

Navy officials on the carrier told Bush aides they wanted a "Mission Accomplished" banner, and the White House agreed to create it.

"We took care of the production of it," McClellan said. "We have people to do those things. But the Navy actually put it up."


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