May 1, 2003 "Mission Accomplished" videos

additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan; April 30, 2012

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On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush rather prematurely declared victory in Iraq, on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Here is the video:


Original URL: http://cs.pn/gV4g7Z


Original URL: http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wariniraq/gwbushiraq5103.htm 


Simultaneously, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared victory in Afghanistan. This declaration was much less dramatic than Bush's but it proved to be even more premature:


Original URL: http://cs.pn/ely9KS


And finally, here is what the guy who was really in charge had to say. Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the Heritage Foundation's annual meeting:

(Click here or on the picture for video)

Dick Cheney; May 1, 2003
Original URL: http://cs.pn/hOWNcy

I like how he speaks about the President flying out to meet an aircraft carrier "in the Pacific." I guess 20 miles west of San Diego is technically "in the Pacific."



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