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Posted on May 1, 2007
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Say what?: President Bush declares pre-emptive victory aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003. 

Four years ago, President Bush delivered his now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, declaring that military aggression was a successful and appropriate response to the alleged threats posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.  Judging by the current situation, Bush might do well to pick a new slogan about the war in Iraq.  Congress is marking the date by handing Bush a passed bill that sets Oct. 1 as the date for the U.S. to begin bringing our troops home (a plan the president says he’ll veto).  With more lives lost on both sides of the battle and more members of Congress on both sides of the aisle doubting that victory is possible, it appears Bush was more than a little hasty with his pronouncement.


Washington Post:

The deaths of more than 100 American troops in April made it the deadliest month so far this year for U.S. forces in Iraq, underscoring the growing exposure of Americans as thousands of reinforcements arrive for an 11-week-old offensive to tame sectarian violence.

More than 60 Iraqis also were killed or found dead across Iraq on Monday. Casualties among Iraqi civilians and security forces have outstripped those of Americans throughout the war. In March, a total of 2,762 Iraqi civilians and policemen were killed, down 4 percent from the previous month, when 2,864 were killed. Iraq’s government has yet to release any monthly totals for April.

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By dale Headley, May 2, 2007 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment
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The “mission” George Bush has really set out to accomplish is still on track.  His ultimate goal is to give the neocons what they want: full ownership of Iraq and its oil resources, and a base from which to attack the rest of the middle east.  That is why Bush can and will NEVER agree to any pullout of troops, no matter how many are killed and maimed, or how much Congress or the American people demand it.  If the “surge” doesn’t work, there will be another and another, even if it requires a draft; because, at this point, what does he have to lose?  He knows full well that only a complete, unambiguous military “victory” can possibly save him from going down in history as the worst president EVER.  However, I think that train has already left the station.

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By Paul G, May 2, 2007 at 7:40 am Link to this comment
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And Saddam the Tyrant smiles in hell…..wont be too long before he is joined by George the Greedy

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By vet240, May 1, 2007 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment
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bu$h is behaving a lot like Hitler did at the end of WWII. Instead of admitting to his utter failure and attempting to salvage at a small number of German youth, he demanded their lives to keep him alive as long as possible.

Bush will not/cannot accept his abject failure as a President. He is desperate. He is willing to continue to spend our lives and riches just to sustain what he thinks is going to be his “legasy”.

Congress on both sides of the aisle had better start fullfilling their Consitiutional responsibilities or this nation will not recover from this debacle and will just become another historic example of how to end an era.

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By Hans, May 1, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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The most disturbing thing is that the people of the US allow this tiran to go on. This surely forecasts the end of a nation. Luckily, I am NOT an American!

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By Sheriff Ali, May 1, 2007 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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MR. PRESIDENT


Mr. President, you have continually stated that those in congress who disagree with you because they believe that after four years and counting, it was necessary to include in the Military Funding Bill, a timetable for withdrawing the American troops, you have not only questioned their judgment but you have questioned their loyalty to the troops and their patriotism. Vetoing the Bill after 6PM Eastern Standard Time today, May 1st, 2007 is just another of your “scapegoat” excuse to blame others for your own ineptitude. Since the inception of your Presidency you have had until November 2006, a Republican House of Representatives and a Republican Senate that “rubber stamped” everything you requested. Ask yourself if America is better off today than before the invasion of Iraq? Ask yourself if the Iraqi people are better off today than before the invasion? Ask yourself if the Military is better off today than before the invasion? If your answers to the above three questions are yes, then it is my personal opinion that it is not “just some of your dogs are not barking,” but I would have to believe that “all of your dogs have stopped barking.”

Your idiom state of mind in failing to comprehend “in your face logic” profoundly defies common logic, and as such you are a lost cause. With you, being a lost cause is one thing, but causing the greatest nation on the face of the earth to be a lost cause, that is another matter. One day before Adolf Hitler put a bullet to his head he verbally decimated the German people by telling them they weren’t worthy of him! Oh, the folly that self-centered, conceited people indulge in by placing themselves above their fellow human beings and behave in such a manner can only be interpreted as “one trying to usurp the Almighty!”

Your harum-scarum deceit of the American people and the world, “lying” your way into a “war of choice,” is a disgrace to the men and women in uniform, America’s greatest treasure, who are willing to “die for their country.” And yes more than 3,300 have died thus far, some 25,000 have been severely wounded and that is not counting the thousands that have incurred mental problems.

Today, May 1st, 2007 is four years since you got dressed up in that “Gestapo Boygeorge Jump Suit” and landed on the Abraham Lincoln Carrier, proclaiming with all the arrogance one can muster:- “Mission Accomplished.” I truly believe that on this day you have earned a self-issued degree that acknowledges you as; “The President Eidolon.”
President Bush, your phantasmagoric dysfunctional rationales and internecine policies have certainly wrought havoc on the American Military and the Military’s families; the American people; the Iraqi people and the world as a whole.

Mr. President with all due respect I ask you; how many more Soldiers must be maimed? How many more Soldiers must die? How many more Iraqi Children must cry; and last but not least, do you ever wonder why?

Written by Sheriff Ali May 1, 2007

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By 911truthdotorg, May 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

Just when I thought he couldn’t disgust me any more than he does, I just read that the Minimum Wage Increase and Katrina Relief were attached to the Iraq bill.

So he vetoed them too.

I’m sure he sleeps like a baby monster.

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth

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By rowdy, May 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

it’s a goddamned travesty that our tax money will be spent on secret service protection for this smug arrogant piece of shit for the next 30 years.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

My God, he makes me completely sick to my stomach.

The piece of garbage vetoed the Iraq Accountability Bill today.

We need to get off of our asses and veto HIM or this
occupation that is killing and maiming our soldiers is never going to end!

Please everyone call your Reps and Senators, Pelosi, Reid, Kucinich, Dean…EVERYONE to veto this SOB!!

Google video: 9/11 Press for Truth

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By DennisD, May 1, 2007 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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The real Bu$h slogan has never really changed, “Greed is good”. with apologies to GG.

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By desertdude, May 1, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

The petulant President has just vetoed the Iraq war funging bill. He acts like a 12 year old playing football on the block and says,‘If I can’t be the quarterback, I am going to take my football and go homw.” What a sorry individual. He would rather let men and women die in the Military than admit that he is not man enough to admit he made a mistake.

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By GrannyGeese, May 1, 2007 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Some things bare repeating.

#59584 by GrannyGeese on 3/20 at 5:26 pm

“No pilot with the sense of a small earthworm would keep his parachute clips fastened after he’d successfully landed. Plain hurts trying to walk with your gonads in a vice.

But our George did. Our very own “experienced” Air Force pilot George did.

Yep, looking more like the first Chimp in space, than the “War President” our very own George waddled across that deck, for all the world to see ... he wasn’t no pilot. The joy! The hilarity! The sheer exuberance and laughter of that memorable visage locked in time!

Some day, the treasured videos and photos taken by the troops who crowded in to be a part of that monumental blunder will be passed around to their posterity. So’s they can giggle and laugh and understand why, you should never, ever allow an inexperienced adolescent to run the world. No matter how funny he is!”

To which I would like to add. Hopefully by then we will have learned how to conduct HONEST elections. How to recognize and support HONEST candidates, and how to demand our elected law-makers do what they were elected to do!

Hopefully by then we will have learned once and for all. Never, ever deliberately attack a basically defenseless nation, no matter how many lies we are told.

Hopefully by then our elected Representatives and Senators will be honest and actually place allegiance to the Constitution of the United States First, Second, Third and always!

Hopefully by then we will have managed to get through to the media pundits, think tank thinkers, and greedy grubby war profiteers that we will not give them one more penny, or one more ounce of credibility.

Hopefully by then this bastard child of the FAUX “servants of the people” called the Global War On Terror will be a remembered nightmare. And the families and survivors who suffered and sacrificed for the lie will have learned to forgive us for allowing it’s birth.

Hopefully by then the folks in the Islamic world, including Palestine will be left alone and learn to live in peace and actually be able to forgive us for destroying their lives and their homes and so many of their children.

Hopefully by then the Zionists in Israel will finally learn how to get along with their neighbors. And our Congress and Administration will finally stop putting their needs ahead of our own.

But most important, lets hope this horror will cause us to remember to never, ever again allow a bunch of LIARS to run this country and the world!

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By QuyTran, May 1, 2007 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

Bush’s face skin is so thick. He never feels ashamed when everything under his dynasty is going to septic tanks without an explanation.

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By euni84, May 1, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Now that the politics of fear after 9/11 has passed, this country really needs to start on a different path to reclaim the respect that the US held. War is not the answer for terrorism, it is one of the reasons the terror exists. If conservatives really want to fight terror then they should look into different alleys where funding would actually make a great impact. This war has cost over $340 billion to date. According to the Borgen Project, it costs just $19 billion annually to end starvation and malnutrition or just $23 billion annually to reverse the spread of Malaria and AIDS. Wouldn’t aiding in the development of countries and ending poverty be a better plan for attacking extremism?

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By desertdude, May 1, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

I agree with Lefty Mission accomplished. When Bush leaves office, he will be a billionaire from all the money he and Cheny have stolen from the treasurey. All in the name of Patriotism. Pure unadulterated BS.

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By Hammo, May 1, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Now that we are seeing the depth of the deceptions, manipulations and lies about the invasion and occupation of Iraq, some of us can’t help but wonder about if there is more to uncover about the 9/11 attacks.

According to a recent survey, many Americans have grave questions about 9/11. Take a look at:

“Poll results on 9/11 attacks show many Americans have suspicions”

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=12137

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By Michael Boldin, May 1, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

The politicians debate whether we’re winning or losing, but what IS winning in Iraq?

Is it killing every single person who resists a foreign army? I, for one, want nothing to do with that kind of winning.

Or, is “winning” making peace? I doubt this can truly happen without killing those who resist.

The reality, in my opinion, is that there is no victory when trying to conquer a nation….

What we must also consider is that everything this war was based on turned out to be untrue.

We’ve lost so bad that the “leader of free world” was more dishonest than the dictator, Saddam Hussein…

That’s something to really reflect on…

An interesting read:

“Saddam was right and Bush was Wrong”
http://www.populistamerica.com/saddam_was_right_and_bush_was_wrong

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By DS Ellis, May 1, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

My favorite part of that day?.. Bush and Cheney blaming the sailors for putting up the banner after everyone figured out the ‘mission’ wasn’t over.  Could they be any more insincere?  As if they’d let anything that appeared on TV with G.W. fall out of their control.

And Lefty?  I just went out on my lunch break and paid $3.19 for gas (regular).  Looks like the mission isn’t over yet.  So much for my summer vacation.

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By Tom Doff, May 1, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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If Bush wants a true visceral feeling of what he’s actually ‘Accomplished’, he should have his rest room in the White House redecorated.

First, he should remove all the fixtures.

Secondly, he should cover the floor with a plan map of the world, with the US in the center.

Thirdly, he should learn to defecate and urinate while standing on his head, and use the redecorated john to do it.

After a few months, he’d be able to post a true, historically realistic ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner on his Sh*t-House wall.

(It would be even more realistic were he to install an artificial vagina and an erect dildo in the Middle East, and use them to relieve the ‘tremendous stress’ his wife claims he feels while watching the occasional TV shot of the Iraq
‘Victory-In-Progress’)

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 1, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Only in America would a mornic deed like putting on a flight suit and flying to an aircraft carrier to announce Mission Accomplished receive kudos.I still remember Harry Truman in his Navy Seal uniform aboard the carrier Missouri when the Japanese surrendered.He should have taken off the fins.Have we become totally entranced by the photo op.No matter how moronic.

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By Rogelio, May 1, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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One would assume that any decent politician would be ashamed by such an erroneous comment about a war that was far from over. Unfortunately, this president is out of touch with the American people. The Republican spin doctors and the inept so-called liberal media have failed to attack this corrupt administration. Why the media has failed to attack this inept adminstration will forever remain a mystery. Since the stupid assault on a nation that failed to have weapons of mass destruction, our media has treated ‘w’ like an angel.

Our news reporters have behaved like deers caught in the headlights. Shame on them!

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