Mission Accomplished

May 1, 2008 at 11:17 am | Posted in Iraq War, U.S. Politics | Leave a comment
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On the 5th anniversary of a speech that taught the world the meaning of the word hubris, now the White House insists that inconvenient banner wasn’t even referring to Iraq:

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the “Mission Accomplished” phrase referred to the carrier’s crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq. Bush, in October 2003, disavowed any connection with the “Mission Accomplished” message. He said the White House had nothing to do with the banner; a spokesman later said the ship’s crew asked for the sign and the White House staff had it made by a private vendor.

“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. “And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.”

Those poor critters; a low-40’s approval rating is a terrible price to pay an unspecific banner…

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