President Bush said major combat ended in Iraq -- 5 years ago !!!
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.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. “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.”
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.”