(CBS/AP) It was a picture-perfect moment, made for the TV cameras, in which a military leader stood before heroes and heroines to declare a victory which seemed to come easier than anyone dared hope, in a conflict which was opposed by many friends and foes alike.

May 1 marks the fifth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Original DVD cover.

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the “Mission Accomplished” phrase referred to the carrier’s crew completing their 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq.

“President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said ‘mission accomplished’ for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday.


After being landed on the deck of the carrier in an S-3B Viking 30 miles off the coast San Diego (Ari Fleischer said the president “could have helicoptered,” but “he wanted to see a landing the way aviators see a landing”), Mr. Bush appeared in a flight suit to the cheers of the ship’s personnel and the glare of television lights.

Later, he stood at a podium against a backdrop of an enormous banner reading “Mission Accomplished.”

To the assembled audience and the world, Mr. Bush said, “Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.

“In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment – yet it is you, the members of the United States military, who achieved it. Your courage – your willingness to face danger for your country and for each other – made this day possible. Because of you, our nation is more secure. Because of you, the tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.

“Tonight, I have a special word for Secretary Rumsfeld, for General Franks, and for all the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States: America is grateful for a job well done.”


Now in its sixth year, the war in Iraq has claimed the lives of at least 4,058 members of the U.S. military – 3,924 of whom have died since Mr. Bush landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed (the true number may never be known, since the Iraqi government does not record tallies of the dead), and millions have been displaced from their homes. And there are currently more U.S. troops in Iraq than there were when the U.S. invaded with a contingent of other coalition forces.


Mr. Bush, in a speech early this month, repeated the hopeful sentiment stated that day, that “while this war is difficult, it is not endless.”

That message may have special meaning for the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln, on which their commander-in-chief declared “Mission Accomplished” five long years ago. Their ship has just begun duty in the Persian Gulf, within striking distance of the coast of Iran.


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13 responses to “Mayday

  1. Got a Grip

    Commander Codpiece, WORST PERSON IN THE WORLLLDDDDD!!!!!

  2. jlms qkw - jenn

    very very scary nonnie!

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    jay looked more like his dad than his mom. very smart guy. active with student baptists. pretty funny, kind of dorky.

  4. nightowl724

    The eyes… nonnie, you’ve revealed Bush’s inner self yet again. Now how am I gonna get to sleep tonight?

    Nothing to do with anything, but I saw this palindrome a minute ago in a blog comment:

    No! McCain a maniac? C’mon!

    I dig it!

  5. just the world, gotta? not the galaxy? the universe? actually, he isn’t the worst. the worst is uncle dick, who is pulling the strings for chimpy.

  6. i didn’t mean to scare ya, jenn. it seems i have been on a horror movie tear lately. i have had one horror movie poster in the hopper for a few weeks. waiting for just the right story to use it.
    i always wonder what politician’s kids really think of what their parent and his/her associates are doing. i hope jay is still as funny and nice as he sounds like he was in college. and i hope he is a registered democrat!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. nightowl!
    No! McCain a maniac? Cโ€™mon! i love it!!!!!! that is awesome! i am a big palindrome fan.
    i added the little eye retouching at the very end. i thought it was fitting. i would feel guilty keeping you up all evening, but you are a nightowl after all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Got a Grip

    No, nons, Chimpy is worst person in the world. Uncle Dick wins the worst person in the galaxy hands down. Chimpy’s like Cheney’s mini-me. He just waddles along and copies everything Uncle Dick does…..

  9. oh, i get it. it’s like chimpy is miss texas, and deadeye dick is miss wyoming, but deadeye won the title of miss shamerica, and chimpy was only first runner-up .

  10. imagine competing for the title of Miss Worst-In-The-Galaxy. is the present klingons around uranus (well bush-s anus)

  11. jeb

    I am always fascinated at how the most stage managed administration in history so quickly declares incompetence when they are hoist on their own petard.

    That cover may be scary to some but nothing is as frightening to me as watching Ms. Perino trying to spin gold out of feces.

  12. dcAp,
    galaxy isn’t quite big enough, how about deadeye dick as miss uniworse?

  13. jeb,
    it’s amazing how something so carefully choreographed by so many supposedly brilliant people can be so easily dismantled by one idiot at the helm. they thought they were being smart putting a manipulatable moron up as the puppet while everyone else pulled the strings, but they were oh so stoopit. ๐Ÿ™„ that makes you wonder how they allowed old man capt underpants to get the nomination. i don’t think they realized that they were forcing everyone else out, and now i think they are bashing their heads against the wall now that they realize they are stuck with him.
    and it would be scary to me just to see ms perino read a laundry list. she really is a moran, with the personality of a dishrag.