Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mission Accomplished Impossible

5 years ago today
May 1, 2003

President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended
Remarks by the President from the USS Abraham Lincoln
At Sea Off the Coast of San Diego, California

In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.
U.S. combat deaths before 'Mission Accomplished': 139
U.S. combat deaths after 'Mission Accomplished': 3,924

When Iraqi civilians looked into the faces of our servicemen and women, they saw strength and kindness and goodwill.
Yeah, right.
With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians.
Men and women in every culture need liberty like they need food and water and air.
Iraqis Are Running Out of Food
5 years after Iraq's 'liberation,' there are worms in the water
We've begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated.
We knew before the war Saddam didn't have WMDs
We're helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools.
Bush's Baghdad Palace
Baghdad receives on average 9.7 hours per day of electricity, but other parts of the country [...] receive much less — and other basic infrastructure services such as schools, hospitals and sewer lines have struggled to approach prewar levels.
In the battle of Afghanistan, we destroyed the Taliban, many terrorists, and the camps where they trained. We continue to help the Afghan people lay roads, restore hospitals, and educate all of their children.
Wrong again George.
Other nations in history have fought in foreign lands and remained to occupy and exploit. Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home.
"Whatever their publicized angst over Saddam Hussein's 'weapons of mass destruction,' American and British authorities were also concerned about violence in an area that harbours a resource indispensable for the functioning of the world economy." --Alan Greenspan, Fed Chairman, 1987-2006

"[We cannot leave Iraq because] extremists [may] be in a position to use oil as a tool to blackmail the West . . . and they will do so unless we abandon Israel " --George W. Bush, November 1, 2006

"When there is a regime change in Iraq, you could add 3 million to 5 million barrels of production to world supply," --Lawrence Lindsey, George W. Bush's then-chief economic adviser, 2002

"I don't think Americans are concerned if we're there for 100 years or 1,000 years or 10,000 years." -- John McCain

Cross posted at VidiotSpeak