Happy Mission Accomplished Day!
Who can forget the stirring images of our most famous AWOL flier dressed up in his Victory in Iraq ceremonial flight suit? Bush proclaimed, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”
I remember the great shouts of joy erupting from Bush’s triumphant True Believers.
“Woo Hoo! God Bless America! We killed ‘em good! That’ll teach those Iraqis for hittin’ us on 9-11!”
And the gullible self-satisfied national press swooned over their dreamy new heart throb. There would be no more wussy whining from Democrats in this brave, new and mighty Republican States of America. The media’s worshipful chorus filled the air with glorious praise:
"We're proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who's president. Women like a guy who's president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It's simple. We're not like the Brits."(MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 5/1/03)
"He looked like an alternatively commander in chief, rock star, movie star, and one of the guys."(CNN's Lou Dobbs, on Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' speech, 5/1/03)
"If image is everything, how can the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete with a president fresh from a war victory?"(CNN's Judy Woodruff, 5/5/03)
"It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context..... And the silence, I think, is that it's clear that nobody can do anything about it. There isn't anybody who can stop him. The Democrats can't oppose--cannot oppose him politically."(Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum-- Fox News Channel, 5/2/03)
Wow! That was enough to take ones breathe away.
Let’s take a fond look back at that great moment for American war criminals and profiteers. Let’s have another peek at some of those proud words from our flying fuhrer.
I am sure there are some more deep truths to be found in the War President’s message.
“The Battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001, and still goes on. That terrible morning, 19 evil men — the shock troops of a hateful ideology — gave America and the civilized world a glimpse of their ambitions.”
Could this be from the same guy who later said, "We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the Sept. 11 attacks"? Go figure.
“In the Battle of Afghanistan, we destroyed the Taliban, many terrorists, and the camps where they trained.”
We sure did, didn’t we? What do you mean; there’s been a significant resurgence of the Taliban? Don’t tell me that’s not a mission accomplished by now. Didn’t we win the Battle of Afghanistan?
And how about this one?
“The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We have removed an ally of al-Qaida, and cut off a source of terrorist funding.”
I’ll bet those True Believers still consider hundreds of thousands of murdered Iraqis a”crucial advance”. The problem is it turned out to be a crucial advance OF terror.
And I am also sure that those same authoritarian personalities still believe Saddam was an “ally of al-Qaida”.
Now let’s see what we can find that is certain.
“And this much is certain: No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime, because the regime is no more.”
That’ll teach those hippy peaceniks. Just don’t worry about all those weapons of the former regime that DID find their way into terrorist networks. That’s not our fault, is it? What’s that you say? There never WERE weapons of mass destruction? Let’s not go there. That’s all old news.
Some of you may be wondering how the fifth anniversary of Mission Accomplished is being celebrated in the White House.
It issued a presidential proclamation making the day "Law Day U.S.A., 2008." If that doesn’t make you all feel better, then remember it is also National Day of Prayer. That should keep us happily distracted.
I’m sure Bush was distracted enough to avoid looking out the window and seeing Americans United for Change. In a patriotic remembrance of the anniversary, they were unfurling a 50-foot replica of the Mission Accomplished banner.
God bless ‘em.