Mission Accomplished Day

News & Politics

To commemorate the third anniversary of the president's clueless Mission Accomplished photo op -- since which 2251 American troops and countless tens or hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed -- bloggers and others have prepared movies, images and reports.

The purpose of the exercise, it should be noted, isn't merely to criticize the president but rather to emphasize how crucial it is that the press, our elected leaders and our fellow citizens do their jobs and keep their eyes open.

For example, Media Matters commemorates the day by reviewing the press's fellating of the president's Mission Accomplished antics. Press from the Washington Post to the Wolf Blitzer to the usual suspects like Chris Matthews who noted: "He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics."

It's especially poignant in light of Stephen Colbert's thorough evisceration of the president, the White House Press Corps, and just about every public figure imaginable HERE.

From the News Hounds, come a number of photos of American soldiers killed in Iraq for a cause To Be Determined Later. More photos HERE.


Think Progress has a "by the numbers" comparison HERE.

The following flash movie asks if the Mission really was Accomplished:

Sign a petition against attacking Iran, HERE.

Bob Geiger, noting that the president and his advisers continually underestimated the size of the force necessary and ignored all warnings about the complexity of Iraq, asks the president to commemorate the day by resigning:
we will continue to ask why we were led to believe the mission was accomplished, only to have 2,255 other men and women killed after the Commander-in-Chief grandly flew onto an aircraft carrier and told us the worst was over.
The numbers don't lie, Mr. President.
If you had a sliver of the integrity of which you so stridently speak, you, and the vast majority of your administration, would do the right thing -- and resign.
(NewsHounds, MediaMatters, AfterDowningStreet, Democrats.com)

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