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Bush's Least Favorite Anniversary

By tradition, the proper gift for a fifth anniversary is something made of wood. Jack Murtha seems to know this, for in observing the fifth anniversary of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech today, he presented the president with a rhetorical two-by-four to the head.

"Five years ago today, President Bush addressed our nation and the world from the USS Abraham Lincoln only 42 days after he ordered the invasion of Iraq; he declared 'Mission Accomplished,'" the Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania declared at the liberal Center for American Progress this morning. "One thousand, eight hundred and twenty-seven days later, the U.S. occupation of Iraq continues and our mission remains undefined and open-ended."

Murtha couldn't help adding in a sly reference to the flight suit Bush wore that day for his aircraft-carrier-landing stunt. "I was going to wear my field uniform today, but I decided it didn't fit," the bulky Vietnam veteran said. "It shrunk."

May Day has become one of the least favorite days on the calendar for the Bush White House -- a time to remember when he appeared in 2003 aboard the carrier, his flight suit bulky in all the right places, to proclaim victory in "the battle of Iraq" underneath a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner. "President Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended," trumpeted the White House.

Six-hundred billion dollars -- and the death of more than 4,000 troops -- later, the president's spin doctors have done all they could to revise history. The White House rewrote the headline on its Web site to insert the word "major" before "combat operations," and Bush's press secretary, Dana Perino, now claims the "Mission Accomplished" banner was meant to refer only to the Lincoln's crew ("for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," she says). But that claim has been debunked by none other than former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The audience laughed when a CNN reporter asked Murtha about Perino's claim. Murtha shook his head and gave a disgusted sigh. "It's almost beyond my belief that they would think anybody would believe that," he finally said.

For the White House, the fifth anniversary ridicule was just beginning.

Minutes after Murtha finished, Senate Democrats assembled in the Capitol for their own commemmoration. "Five years ago today, President Bush made an outrageous claim, a claim that has become the symbol of his incompetence and the failure in Iraq," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

As every Democratic lawmaker and his or her uncle issued a press release, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to the floor. "Five years ago today, on the deck of an aircraft carrier, returning from the Middle East, America and the world bore witness to perhaps the greatest act of hubris that our nation has ever seen in wartime," Reid said, mocking the president, "resplendent in a flight suit, landing theatrically in a fighter jet."

The White House pushed back with weapons of mass distraction. It issued a presidential proclamation making the day "Law Day U.S.A., 2008." But Law Day had to compete with the National Day of Prayer, which Bush himself observed in the East Room of the White House with a speech that shrewdly omitted any mention of the word "Iraq."

If Bush had looked out the windows on the north side of the White House at that moment, he likely would have seen a demonstration organized on Pennsylvania Avenue by an anti-war group called Americans United for Change. In honor of the anniversary, they were unfurling a 50-foot replica of the Mission Accomplished banner.

-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | May 1, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
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I will remember "Mission Accomplished" when I return later this year after having just done 21 months in-theater.

Posted by: COL C | May 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The religous right sure knows how to pick leaders.

Posted by: yellowfever76 | May 1, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Liberals will not be satisfied until they get the story they are working for- US surrenders to militant jihadism in Iraq. Killings increase! Al-Quada in Iraq trumpets victory over US and promises increase of terror world-wide. President Obama in gesture of brotherhood invites bin Ladin to tea in White House. Reverend Wright to give the invocation.

Posted by: mhr | May 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Bush really done him self in with that statement,but him and the rest of the republicans can hold there there up. They managed to run our country to the ground.

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

To mhr: Surely you don't really believe the drivel you posted.

"Incompetent" and "hubris" are only two appropriate adjectives to describe Bush. No wonder he is the most unpopular president in modern history. He richly deserves his fate.

Posted by: Jaz | May 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Keep Spinning mhr.

"Mission Accomplished" should be considered one of the most embarrassing moments of presidential history. All the revision in the world won't help Bush escape that moment. Though I won't be alive in 2108 I expect that history books will have at least one picture of him standing on the flight deck with that banner over his shoulder. Hopefully we won't still have troops in Iraq at the time.

Posted by: NoClu | May 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Liberals will not be satisfied until they get the story they are working for- US surrenders to militant jihadism in Iraq. Killings increase! Al-Quada in Iraq trumpets victory over US and promises increase of terror world-wide. President Obama in gesture of brotherhood invites bin Ladin to tea in White House. Reverend Wright to give the invocation.

Posted by: mhr | May 1, 2008 2:09 PM


There's a nice warm corner of hell for people like you.

Posted by: DFC102 | May 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Braaa haaah aaaaa haaaa haaaa

I get a laugh every time I hear about that event. He should choose the same route as the "DC madame" and end it. That would be the honorable thing to do.

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | May 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Where's Jesse? Has he been promised something to stay at home. Sec of State.

Posted by: sam | May 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a fighter jet. It was an S-3B Viking, which generally provides anti-submarine, anti-ship, and surveillance capabilities.

Posted by: Washington DC | May 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Your the best Dana. Nobody goes after the neocons better than you. Hope your on Olbermann soon.

Posted by: Headline | May 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

God please strike him dead now.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | May 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Al-Quada in Iraq trumpets victory over US"

Five years on, all that time living in terror of al-Qaeda, and mhr still can't spell the name of his big bad bogeyman.

It makes me wonder, mhr, if you're really as scared of them as you claim, or if, like the Govt, you just like to wave them as a bloody flag.

If we stay 100 years in Iraq, mhr might learn how to spell al-Qaeda, and John McCain might even figure out whether they're Sunni or Shia. Now that would be a victory worth fighting for!

Posted by: OD | May 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

By tradition, the proper gift for a fifth anniversary is something made of wood.

How about a wooden stake, through the heart, to put this vampire to rest.

Posted by: FunTravelAdventure | May 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

In 2006, Democrats were elected to end the "War" in Iraq. Since Jan 2007, Democrats have had the power to stop this "war" (which they claim they want to do) by ceasing to fund it.

But they do not have the moral courage to do so, because they fear that Republicans will use that act against them to demonstrate that they are weak, and as a result, they'll lose their power in congress.

Americans will reward them by re-electing them this fall.

In 2009, a Democrat will be in the White House, and Democrats will have an even greater majority in Congress. But, still fearing a loss of power in the 2010 election, we'll be told "realities on the ground would make withdrawal at this time too dangerous".

Republicans have no intention of pulling out of Iraq. Democrats are too weak to do so. Americans are not smart enough to understand this and will continue to elect/re-elect them.

We will not see "mission accomplishment" in Iraq for many years. If ever.

Posted by: MDLaxer | May 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

In case the conservative dolts who still think this functionally retarded and dangerous man has a clue, or that the "surge" is working....April was the deadliest month in the past seven months. Hey, maybe it'll take just six more months...maybe. HAHAHAHA! Fools. But I see that his sugar daddies in the big oil are increasing their profits by billions. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Posted by: JL | May 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

FunTravelAdventure....Thanks for a good laugh!

Posted by: CSD | May 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Another reason Bush hates May 1 is that it is "workers day" around the world. Cheney and Bush obviously have a smug contempt for workers by the way they have destroyed this country to benefit the rich.

Posted by: Roy | May 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

When GWB was in college, a bucket of mop water and a good mop would clean up most of his messes.

Five years on and 4000+ dead, 35,000+ wounded and 150,000 soldiers brave and true are still cleaning up.

God bless my son Lcpl William Anderson USMC. Doing the chickenhawks heavy lifting.

Posted by: willandjansdad | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"Five years ago today, President Bush made an outrageous claim, a claim that has become the symbol of his incompetence and the failure in Iraq," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. - endquote

-Well said, and I second that. P.Gibson

To those who think that this anti-war sentiment undermines the "resolve" of our struggle against Jihadists - i think you probably flunked your World History class, didn't you?

You have no real idea how loathed the US is in the Mid-East, do you? Did it ever occur to you to ask, "why?" There are some of your answers tho questions you don't have the capacity to ask - sorry - you're just shallow. You could work on that, instead of polishing your new M-16's.

To you warmongers, I wish you would spend a little - no a LOT more time before your own american arrogance gets the best of you.

It has this US President, and I hope he'll never forget how hastily taken actions have backfired - largely due to ingnorance on things "foreign".

Get an education, then learn to not use language that coerces based on future events you have no control over, not can actually predict.

to assume you have that power of seeing the future, I offer you the Mattel 3-D Barbie wand.

You sound so ignorant, using language of fear tactics, when facts usurp every emotionional argument you construct.

Welcome to America, land of the belligerant idiot.

Posted by: pgibson1 | May 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Ha! How about Bush gives us an anniversay present and announces the end of the occupation.

Posted by: jen hutchin | May 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This country deserves that moron w. We all deserve him for allowing all this damage. Don't blame this on the right wing / religious whack jobs only. At least they are crazy and stupid.

Posted by: David | May 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well said pgibson...

The neo-cons, chickenhawks, et al...would have us believe that pulling out would lead to loss of American prestige, emboldened Al-Quaida, etc,etc,etc,blah,blah,blah...

Wake up wing-nuts. We've already achieved those low points.

We can be king of a dung heap or leader of the world...not both.

Posted by: willandjansdad | May 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

You'd think you guys would have exhausted yourselves after 7 years instead of finding new outrages for yourselves every day. Where will you center your life afte January 2009? The touchstone of your existence will be gone.

People over the world loathe the USA because they're envious. Always have, it's always been in fashion, it didn't just start in 2001.

Posted by: Stick | May 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

well.. at least we know that george didn't personally order the banner himself. it would have read;


Posted by: BOB | May 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You know why does everyone assume "Mission Accomplished" meant "EVERYTHING Accomplished"??? Look of course Bush is going to get ripped on this.. Republicans would have done the same thing to a Democratic President... but if we were being honest everyone knows that what Mission Accomplished meant was the MISSION to remove Saddam from power was ACCOMPLISHED.. Which it was, which explains why the aircraft carrier was coming home in the first place. Bush even talked about the "hard work ahead" in his speech which why would he say if he really thought everything was accomplished that day... Now did Bush think there would be this much fighting ahead to rebuild Iraq??? Of course not.. Was he wrong not to have a better plan in place to deal with all the violence later.. of course!!! But as far as the banner it did correctly point out what was accomplished... It's just a shame all the missions afterwards have met which such difficulty...

Posted by: RSS | May 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Lol, BOB!

Posted by: news5 | May 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

if you point out bush failures neo-cons say you love bin laden

Posted by: Ben Matheny | May 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

and it's probably safe to assume that laura "i'm a school teacher you know" bush didn't order the banner either... she would have spelled it differently;


Posted by: BOB | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

nor jenna....




Posted by: BOB | May 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

nor barbara...


i said nor barbara..


i said, NOR BARBARA...


oh forget it.


Posted by: BOB | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, the bushie's may have come to loathe May 1st because of the (justified) focus on the moronic "Mission Accomplished" thing.

Luckily for them this is the last May 1st they'll have to deal with Mission Accomplished (at least in office).

Unfortunately for the rest of us, we'll still have this mess in Iraq to deal with and pay for for years to come. Yeah, mission accomplished alright.

Posted by: corbetto! | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Neo-cons are true wizzards. If you point out the incompetence and stupidity in the way this War has been fought they very sucessfully paint you as sipping tea with bin laden and saddam

Posted by: Ben Matheny | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

To willandjansdad -
God protect your son Lcpl William Anderson and bring them all home soon. This administration doesn't deserve people who do their heavy lifting. W has reduced teh US to a shadow of our previously noble idea. Adams, Madison, Washington and Jefferson must feel as much disgrace as we do, likely even more.

Posted by: disgusted American | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, indeed mhr...liberals want all Americans to be killed, we hate the troops, we are "Godless" and if we could manage it, we would summon Satan himself to perform all of our gay marriages and impose mandatory abortions on all expectatant mothers. That is exactly the sort of world we Democrats envision.

Oh, I almost forgot, we want to raise your taxes to 100% and make Osama King of the World, too.

As Bugs himself might have said, "What an ultra-maroon!" Stop spouting whatever Hannity tells you to say today and get a brain of your own.

Posted by: louskerdu | May 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

As I understand it, John McWar wants to celebrate Mission Accomplished by having the next 4 generations of our children pay for their douche bag mistakes over the next 100 years.

Posted by: Libertarian Jim | May 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Murky Murtha, the king of chutzpah, who couldn't decide at the time to take the bribe from the undercover FBI agent.

Posted by: Bill Smith | May 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

George Bush will be soooooo fired, and Obama soooooo hired, come January 2009.

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | May 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The media and the left have generalized this event so often that they all think it is true.
Mission accomplished referred to the successful invasion of Iraq and run to take over Baghdad. The carrier group directly supported that segment of the war and then returned home - mission accomplished.
Then things moved onto the next stage which is still ongoing and so is the war on terror. Bush spoke many times of the still difficult future to secure the peace. That's the truth of this whole rant! Myself and millions of Americans understand this story and continue to praise Bush for going forward. We did see purple fingers in Baghdad, and we see a "women's national soccer team" in Kabul. Nobody can take credit for these successes
more then the President. The only thing we dislike regarding this or any May Day is the celebrating of communism. You applaud the communist celebrations!!

Posted by: Jeff C | May 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

When Milbank's second brain cell clicks with his first, maybe he will finally understand why certain words were chosen (though I doubt it). He used the terms Combat Operations in Iraq have ended because he could not say "the War is over." The reason is simple - He would have been forced to release the prisoners The United States was holding at the time. Nor did he ever use the words "mission accomplished," and it was, thus, never "declared." Nice fable writing though, Aesop. At least get your facts straight.

Posted by: Knight of Malta | May 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

David you're right, the wingnuts are just "crazy and stupid", but the rest of us have no excuse for allowing "moron w" and his fawning sycophants to carry out the serious damage that they've done to this country.

When we talk about Iraq, don't ever forget the damage that has been done to that country - not just the infrastructure, but the hundreds of thousands who have been killed and injured and the more than 4 million who've become refugees. Now tell me again, after all this horrendous destruction, what was the mission? Bush isn't talking, and no one in the press is asking. By the way, it's an occupation, not a war.

And all of this carried out by a president who went AWOL from his Viet Nam-era National Guard duties and a vice president who got five, count 'em, FIVE deferments!

And by the way Stick, the kind of loathing being experienced by America right now is unprecedented. Since when did the actions of an outrageously arrogant administration make it dangerous for other Americans to travel throughout the world?

Posted by: Don Easley | May 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The "bulky in all the right places" part, which we refer to, from time to time

as a shrieking metaphor to our dud chief

has a wide and hilarious long list of possibilities. Though of course, it isn't funny. More like a tragedy.

But it may explain a lot of things...the determination to be a WAR PRESIDENT, for example.

Posted by: Nanny | May 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse


UNfortunatley you are right.

Because Israel wants the war to ontinue and AIPAC still controls congress.

For example, even Pelosi recently, to get a bill through, dropped the stipulation that the president would HAVE to come to congress for permission to bomb Iran. Took it out for AIPAC. So they'd let it pass.

Novak wrote a column about it...look for it, read last graph.

Posted by: rainman | May 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Roy at 2:39 p.

That was a great little succinct piece of
wisdom. Too true. A speech in two lines.

Posted by: randall | May 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Too many of our citizens have only the propaganda of the media to base their opinions on. Thus the success of the Bush administration in the obvious ubiquitous spread of misinformation relected in many citizen's opinions above (and below?). The sadness this brings to me is not unlike that one experiences when realizing that,after the completed act, the end of the condom was torn...

Posted by: Vox Populi | May 1, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

mhr: Instead of an intelligent defense of President Bush, the best you can is "liberals ...nyah-nyah."
Is it any wonder why you're in the minority?
Congratulations for the most banal, stupid and ignorant post of the day.

Posted by: vegasgirl | May 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I hate george w bush. words cannot begin to describe.

Posted by: kurthunt | May 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen this much semantic whining since the Clinton presidency.

What is this stuff about "the mission" referred to was the removal of Saddam Hussein?

Bush said that "combat operations" had concluded. It is clear that "combat operations" was the mission to which he referred?

So what was the recent little clambake in Basra? Since that speech on the carrier, have US troops -- or have they not -- conducted planned engagements with persons deemed "the enemy?"

Are these not "combat operations?"

They are. And "combat operations" in Iraq have not concluded.

There is no way to parse Bush's statement on the Lincoln (even forgetting about the banner) that jives with history in Iraq over the last five years.

Clearly combat operations, major and minor, have continued. Bush's statement was wrong.

If what US troops have been doing in Iraq these last five years is not combat, then what would you call it?

Truman used the term "police action." I suppose that's what you all must mean.

Posted by: EgoNemo | May 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE are you not allowed in the U.S. to think beyond 600 Billion spent, 4000+ U.S. soldiers sadly killed and seemingly not worth mentioning today some 30,000 wounded.
I would think that 90 % of the world's reading/seeing population will at least acknowledge :
# some 4.500,000 Iraqis have been displaced either inside the country or have fled to other countries.
#tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed. Choose from 95,000, of which 24 % were children ( The Lancet study some 3 years ago)," 30,000 give or take a few"( George Bush some 2 years ago. Perhaps add a heck of a few.), 650,000 ( Johns Hopkins study ), 80,000 ( latest Iraq Body count estimate)or other sources.
# the millions who have been traumatized, live without the basics of water, electicity, education , security ++ .
The policy of the U.S. in taking in those Iraqis who have put their lives in danger, seems shameful. A few thousand,delays at every step... while a fiercely anti-war country like Sweden ( pop. 9 million) will have taken in 40,000 Iraqis by year end.
It is very sad that the Iraqi casualties are not (cannot be?) mentioned when the ill conceived,illegal invasion of Iraq is now remembered 5 years later.
Richard Ring

Posted by: Richard Ring,Grimsby,Ont,Canada | May 1, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The guys pushed the case FOR Bush are now
sabotaging OBAMA.

Posted by: Independent | May 1, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Murtha hit him with a 2X4? Bush has been in a coma most of his life. He is the worst disaster we have had. If he had been President in 1934, we would still be in the Great Depression. If he had been in office in 1941, Hitler would be running things and there would be no more Jews. He is just totally a disaster. The Mission Accomplished was the kind of exhibitionistic action that we expect from someone who walks about with his fly open exhibiting, as the late David Niven so memorably said, his inadequacies.

Posted by: Karen | May 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Mission Accomplished" is a sad way to remember the terrible international blunder that just will not go away. Certainly the Bush Legacy of "the war on terrorism" will continue to recall Bush's bravado and enthusiasm for destruction.

Posted by: Richard | May 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is the simple reason why I am voting for Obama. He tells the truth, is not afraid of the truth and does not spin the truth as right wing or left. It is what it is. As much smarter people than I have said, you can have your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.
I love this country, I love my flag, I love democracy, but help so help me Lord I hate this President. He is a complete and total disaster. January 20th, 2009 can't come soon enough for me and like minded people.

Posted by: Techknowledgy | May 1, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"THE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner is quite correct in that 1 the adventure was misguided and a blunder, 2 accomplished was the middle east region continues to "HATE" THE U.S with a passion, 3 and BUSH has accomplished a LEGECY where the country has lost it's standing on a legal and moral ground.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The mission was to remove Saddam Hussein from power? I thought the mission was to secure the weapons of mass destruction. We've had so many missions there I forget. Yeah, maybe Perino is right. One of those missions must have been accomplished. Maybe Mr. Rumsfeld was confused too when he contradicted the latest version.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Encyclopedia Americana, 2020 Issue

George W Bush:
The much maligned, increasingly disliked forty-third President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 who plunged the US into 3 wars in his two terms, broke the back of the US military, and bankrupted the national economy.

See also: Mission Accomplished, Cowardly Cowboy, Not Ready for Prime Time, Cheney's Puppet.

Posted by: Chris | May 1, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Techknowledgy, I love you!

Posted by: everystep | May 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I will concede to the neocons and other wingnut audience that I worry whether the Dems, if they win the White House and a working Congressional majority, will have the courage to put a stop to the madness. But we have to work hard to put them in the position to be able to prove themselves come January 2009.

Posted by: annegreeen | May 1, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The reason behind mission accomplished was to give the American people the necessary assurances after the unexpected initial army heavy loses believing then that the situation would be brought under control through building indigenous security forces capable of maintaining national security of their own among other things. But because of the huge failure to address the disastrous and unopposed Syria and Iran open war of terror in Iraq the US army presence with its daily loses has dragged so far. And while America has plunged very deep in its controversial and barren rift Syria and Iran has gained tremendously in pushing their regional agenda. Mission accomplished is when the Congress unites under one voice that terror does not pay and appeasement is not the way.

Posted by: saeed | May 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd bet a lot of money he wasn't flying that jet when it landed.

Posted by: rj2z J. Tewes | May 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Mission Accomplished. Pathetic.

Posted by: Sara B. | May 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

How appropriate that the White House's "least favorite day" is "Law Day."

Posted by: gparr | May 1, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Bush's mission was accomplished. The problem is that we were under the impression he was referring to the war. Instead, he was talking about getting control of Iraq's oil. That mission was accomplished the day we became the military presence in Iraq. As long as we are there, the oil is going to be sold through Exxon and associates, all equipment infrastructure supplied through Haliburton, and all sales exchanged in US dollars. At $3.50 a gallon, this might sound like good news except that paying $3.50 a gallon is another Bush accomplishment for the benefit of Big Oil. Bush pushed doing nothing about global warming 8 years further down the road, maintained out of control no goal consumption of oil and thwarted environmental regulations that in turn profited Big Oil.
Although it is interesting to look back five years and reflect on the difference between hubris and reality, in 100 years history students will look back in awe of how we could have possibly been so stupid to believe that this war was about anything other than oil. Happy anniversary.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | May 1, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

All this sqabbling and finger pointing at Pres. Bush, may only serve one purpose, and that is to diminish the hornorable services provided by the US Armed forces.

I think the only mistake and a fatal one that Pres. Bush made in his first term, was error of judgement. I stil cannot bring myself to doubt his and his advisory teams moive to attack Iraq.

You have to eremember that the erro of judgement was made at several levels
1. The intelligence (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
2. The State department (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
3. The Congress (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
4. UK (PM Blair, a close advisor to Pres. Bush)
5. NATO (Partnetship in US mission)
6. UN (Depsite Blix's advise, it approved the military action anyway)
7. American voters (and that includes most of the blogger on this post - who voted for him for second term)

So it would be unfair to just go all out and blame Pres. Bush for the decision to go into Iraq.

If at all credit has to be given to Pres. Bush's team, because no major terrorist attack has happened on American assets, since 9/11.

Having said all that, I am of the view that Pres. Bush could have been a bit more statesman like and should have avoided the display on the ship.

Posted by: vig_raman | May 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

God, I am so tired of that tired no attack on American soil since 9/11. What a bunch of phony crap. There is a continual attack on America every day, attacks led by high gas prices, a faltering economy, and a military stretched thinner than Karen Carpenter. They don't ahve to attack us here. This war has done much of what they want: the destruction of America in the eyes of the world. The ruining of our democratic principles, the dismissing of habeas corpus, torture, the complete disregard of our laws by the bush administration where everything comes under "executive privilege." With all of our troops in the ME, our enemies don't have to worry about trying to slip into the country, They can kill all the Americans they want over there and bankrupt us at the same time. Meanwhile, bin Laden can sit around and joke about how hard bush is looking for him, about as funny as those pictures of bush looking for WMDs in the Oval Office. Just surprised bin Laden hasn't sent in a picture of himself in front of a Mission Accomplished banner.

Posted by: mike l | May 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

So typical of the libs and the media to
continue to bash Bush for the past 8 years!!

You people need to get over it and move on!! How petty and morally bankrupt you
all are!!

Keep drinking the koolaid and we'll keep
running the country!!

Posted by: SCSOCAL | May 1, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I blame not only Bush, but also the idiot independents who voted for him in 2000 and 2004, and who seem to be supporting foreign-policy Bush clone McCain. Citizens of this country got what they voted for. Will the public learn? That's the big question.

In the eventual general election debates, someone please ask McCain, "If you had known in 2001-2003 what you know now, would you still have supported invading Iraq?" Maybe that will get our populace thinking (a little more than usual).

Posted by: LivingInNeverland | May 1, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Two of the many mysteries associated with Tush are (1) why was he not arrested Nov. 1, 2000 for impersonating a high school graduate; and (2) why does everyone refer to this American Milosevic as "president?"

Posted by: Surf Dog San Diego | May 1, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Bush has certainly changed things in this country. There was a time when any American would be embarrased to publicly defend gross incompetence. They would never allow thier liberties and rights to be traded for the ridicules promises of defeating a violent tactic called "terrorism".
Might as well trade a few extra liberties in and declare a "war on hate".I'm sure it will be just as successful (and perpetual).
The War Industry and the Oil Companies are most grateful to the pack of gullible fools this president has cultivated.

Posted by: BDR | May 2, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

So typical of the libs and the media to
continue to bash Bush for the past 8 years!!

You people need to get over it and move on!! How petty and morally bankrupt you
all are!!

Keep drinking the koolaid and we'll keep
running the country!!

Posted by: SCSOCAL | May 1, 2008 11:10 PM

"Petty and morally bankrupt" about wanting to put an end to a blunder that has cost the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis the displacement of 2 million more,the bankrupting of our nation,the loss of international respect,the subversion of our constitution and 4000 plus Americans lives? Petty huh?
Oh. and you mispelled "ruining" as "running".
Bush deserves much worse then simple "bashing".Doesn't it seem odd that you and maybe 1% of the people on this planet share your views?

Posted by: BDR | May 2, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Notice Bush Defenders;
Your man has failed miserably. I know you rightwing nuts don't like reality and those pesky facts and figures. Success brings with it noticable and measurable benifits and improvements to a country. Not more deaths,a bankrupt nation, a tanking economy,international disrespect,condemnation ,distrust,hundred fold terrorist recruitment,more Americans without health insurance, a decaying infrastructure,failing schools, higher drop out rates,lower education skills, more people falling below the poverty level,etc.etc... these can be measured and quantified. Your President has resided over all these trends.He has now dropped below Herbert Hoover as the worst president in modern history. These are facts and facts are your biggest enemies come November.

Posted by: Brollens | May 2, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but, 95% of the problem this great nation faces, is the media.

I have watched this Bush's and Clinton's presidency very closely. I have discerned that once media decide to pursue a course of action, it can find all the facts to support that action.

I remember the Oct of 2002, when US has just decided it would be a good idea to eliminate Saddam Hussein.

Then steps in the big media machine, bringing all the war experts from their dusty closets, and make the case for the war. I am sure if media had acted responsibly, Iraq war could have been avoided. Once the media is committed, US leadership in this day and age of CNN/Gallup polls has no choice but to cautiously accept what the poll numbers say. With polls hammering the public decision in favor of Iraq attack, most of the Congress had no choice but to go along with the flow. And even if Presidents advisors had some doubt about Iraq attack, for erring on the side of caution they simply could not have protested the process that led to Iraq Attack.

So I will revise my list of levels where error of judgment occurred:

0. US Mass Media - TV pundits (It will do anything in the world to keep up its ratings. Ratings factor indirectly puts the blame on American people.)
1. The intelligence (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
2. The State/Defense department (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
3. The Congress (Advisor to Pres. Bush)
4. UK (PM Blair, a close advisor to Pres. Bush)
5. NATO (Partnership in US mission)
6. UN (Despite Blix's advise, it approved the military action anyway)
7. American voters (and that includes most of the bloggers on this post - who voted for Pres. Bush for second term)

Counting in the US Media's influence in molding public onion in favor of Iraq Attack, it is difficult to distinguish, whether US Media influenced Bush administration in 2002 to attack Iraq, or Bush administration in confluence with US Media orchestrated the vents that lead to Iraq invasion.

Pres. Bush fault has been that he is too loyal to his team, and even though when the realization sinks in that one of his team has made a fatal mistake, he continues his support and accepts the blame on their behalf.

So, it would be extremely unfair to go all out and put all the blame on Pres. Bush, when all other parties had all the time in the world (before March 2003) to put a check, but simply kept approving the Iraq Attack.

Posted by: vig_raman | May 2, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Support our troups and our President! How soon those forget the moment you were "Shocked by the unspeakable horror of the inhuman terrorist attacks against innocent people in different parts of the United States."

Posted by: KenHouston | May 2, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"The White House pushed back with weapons of mass distraction. It issued a presidential proclamation making the day "Law Day U.S.A., 2008." I suggest next year we designate a National Irony Day!

Posted by: Lisa | May 2, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The reason we're in this mess is because 50% of the American populace are just too damn ignorant to vote for their own economic and social interests (not once but twice). The American Taliban would rather make a 13 year-old bring a child to term or force an agenda of prayer, Creationism, and "abstinence only" sex education on our public schools, than have real health-care that they can afford. The Rednecks would rather have their gun racks full of Uzi's and sub-machine guns (that they can't use anywhere), or another tax break for Corporate hogs, than an extension of their unemployment benefits or a better education for their children. The Corporate Media has now defined the major issues as being a few sound snippets from Rev. Wright (who's not running for any office that I know of), lapel flag pins, and an embellished helicopter landing story. Tabloid journalism at its best. Hang your heads in shame. Bush's presidential library will fit into an outhouse and will consist of comic books, various sized spit wads, pretzels sent by "well-wishers" (but too dangerous to eat), a once worn Halloween costume flight suit, his prized collection of sado-torture pics, and tissues he masterbated into while sitting at the Oval Office desk and looking a pics of Monica while dreaming of filling Bill's big shoes. Everything else is classified.

Posted by: Rockbach | May 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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