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AP/Jose Luis Magana

Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Declaring the 9/11 Era Over

President Obama wisely avoided the phrase “mission accomplished” in his major speech last week about the “war on terror,” but columnists aren’t obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.

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Jon Stewart Rips GOP Hypocrisy Over Obama’s Bin Laden Ad

“The Daily Show” host took aim at some of his favorite targets Tuesday night as he ripped Republicans and conservative pundits for their hypocritical response to an ad aired by the Obama campaign that highlights the president’s success in bringing down Osama bin Laden one year ago.

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Obama’s Mission Accomplished Moment?

When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military recently, President Obama was at the top of his game.

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AP / Nabil al-Jurani

U.S. Ends Combat Presence in Iraq (Update)

Even the mightiest of empires must let go. Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the U.S. on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama’s promise to end U.S. combat operations by the close of August.

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Bush Says He Regrets Standing in Front of ‘Mission Impossible’ Banner

Whoops! Some six years after performing his infamous “Top Gun”-inflected “Mission Accomplished” press stunt aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, former President George W. Bush let fly with quite a telling gaffe during a talk he gave Thursday to the Montreal Board of Trade.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


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War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Combat vs. Support
nytimes.com

War in Iraq: 2003-2010

Updated: Well, not exactly a real pullout, but a plan to be announced by the Obama administration on Friday is expected to withdraw “combat” troops from Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, officially ending U.S. combat operations in the war-torn country while keeping 50,000 ambiguously labeled “support troops” there.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


This Is What He’s Sorry About?

It was nothing Bush did—no decision he made, no policy he pursued, no faith that he placed in ideological dogma—that he finds regrettable. Bush told a cable network, “I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said” over the course of eight tumultuous years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Regrets ‘Mission Accomplished’ and More

George W. Bush has had no shortage of gaffes during his reign of terror. One such miscue may also be the most enduring image of his presidency—that speech in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner before his war in Iraq turned into an outright catastrophe. He now regrets that moment, among others.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Maya Alleruzzo

Mission Impossible

On the fifth anniversary of George W. Bush’s infamous stroll across the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, The New York Times asked a group of “experts” how they would accomplish the mission in Iraq. Unfortunately, the newspaper turned to some of the same geniuses who thought the war was a good idea in the first place.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush’s Legacy of Failure

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s Costume Party

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Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s ‘Compulsive Optimism’

Since its early days in 2001, the Bush White House has kept the press at arm’s length, but for his new biography of George W. Bush, “Dead Certain,” GQ’s Robert Draper managed to catch a close enough glimpse of the president to confirm that his enduring “obstinate” qualities have impacted the course of world events.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Mission Impossible

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.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bin There, Done That

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Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished

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Posted on Mar 21, 2007 READ MORE


Support the Props

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Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s War Memorial

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Did Bush & Co. Doctor the ‘Mission Accomplished’ Video?

White House operatives apparently cropped out the “Mission Accomplished” banner from the video of Bush speaking aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003. Inside Minnesota Politics’ Mike McIntee has the scoop.

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Three Years of War in Iraq: a Timeline

The blog ThinkProgress has put together a stellar walk-through of the major events of the conflict. (Above: Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard an aircraft carrier.)

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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