Posts tagged ‘Mission Accomplished’
2003 – This is what full-of-shit looks like
2011 – This is what progress looks like
Many looked at George H Bush time as commander-in-chief of Dessert Storm and view it as a failure for not disarming Saddam Hussein when he had the chance. After invading a sovereign nation, the door was open. (But as Cheney said at the time: If you topple Hussein, you will create a vacuum that will be filled by Islamic extremists).
After George W Bush left office, I think that his time as commander-in-chief during the Afghanistan War will be viewed as a failure (regardless of whether Obama succeeded or failed). After all, the goal for Bush was killing Bin Laden, which he failed to do. Certainly his role as commander-in-chief during the Iraq War will be viewed as a complete and total failure of the highest magnitude.
From Prescott Bush (Google search), to George H Bush (“Read my lips: No new taxes!”), to George W Bush (“Mission Accomplished!”) … I hope that America is done with the Bush family.
On May 1, 2003, Bush delivered a nationally televised speech from the deck of the Abraham Lincoln in which he declared that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” all the while standing under a banner reading: “Mission Accomplished.” Since then 3,924 American soldiers have died. Since the war began 4,063 soldiers have died. A “miscalculation”?
5 years later…
US troop deaths hit 7-month high in Iraq: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080430/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq 04/30/2008
US report says al-Qaida gaining strength: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j3OfYY31yv9LNOspwKcj73SwDegwD90CCOO00 04/30/2008
Before the war, White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsay estimated the cost at $100 to $200 billion. Bush, Cheney and friends fired that guy, and found that the correct estimate for the cost of the war would be $50 to $60 billion. It’s now over $500 billion and rising. Even if we quit today, ongoing costs (withdrawal, medical/psychiatric care, disability payments, administrative costs) will double that (the sooner we stop, the better).