President George W. Bush poses with flight deck crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003.  White House photo by Paul MorseFour years ago on May 1 was when Georgie President Bush played dress-up and landed on a giant ship in the middle of the ocean right near San Diego. The banner behind him read “Mission Accomplished” and he said this:

My fellow Americans:  Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country. In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world.

So the question is, what exactly was the mission? And did they accomplish it?

If it was to topple the government and grab secure the oil, then yes. If it was to topple Saddam, yes. If it was to give billions of dollars in contracts to their corporate friends, yes. Congratulations on a job well done!!! YEAY!!! (Now, why are you still there?)

But, if the purpose was to find WMD’s, then no, they didn’t accomplish the mission. If it was to bring democracy to the middle east, no. If it was to make the world safer, no. If it was to find Al Qaeda, no. (They weren’t there then.) If the mission was to fight terrorism, no. To punish Saddam for 9-11 (which he had nothing to do with), also no.


So should I congratulate Bush or ask him to re-define the mission? Or just ask him to get our troops out of Iraq?