The anniversary of 'Mission Accomplished' and George W.'s incredulity

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The following is cross-posted from Benjamin Kirby of the Spencerian.

Let me get this straight.  Nine years ago today, President George W. Bush flies a plane onto the deck of an aircraft carrier and declares “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq.  Then thousands of U.S. troops die, many thousands more Iraqis die, and our stature in the world disintegrates as we find out the whole thing was predicated on a gigantic pile of doo-doo.

Sorry ’bout all the deaths and maimings, but hey, W. got a doll out of the deal.  That’s cool, right?

Yeah, that, and he got to call John Kerry a coward to win re-election.

Hooray, politics!

Fast-forward to today.

President Obama gives the go-ahead order to kill the most wanted terrorist on the face of the earth.  It’s a successful mission.  You might actually say… mission accomplished.

He tells people about this mission that he ordered as Commander-in-Chief in an ad.  Well, “he” doesn’t, per se.  President Clinton does.  Nevermind specifics, though, because Important People decry it as “despicable.”

Former military folks run overseas (to the U.K. Daily Mail) to audaciously say that this president shouldn’t have politicized the killing of bin Laden.  How brave.

Inevitable GOP nominee Mitt Romney said the ad was “very disappointing.”  Whatever.  It’s clear the Romney Team are spinning their wheels.  Again.

At least now no one is in a flight suit.

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