With the fifth anniversary of the Mission Accomplished statement tomorrow, it was interesting to hear what that banner really meant. It seems like most things, the whole Mission Accomplished was the result of lieberals and the MSM.
Thursday is the fifth anniversary of Bush’s dramatic landing in a Navy jet on an aircraft carrier homebound from the war. The USS Abraham Lincoln had launched thousands of airstrikes on Iraq.
“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” Bush said at the time. “The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on Sept. 11, 2001, and still goes on.” The “Mission Accomplished” banner was prominently displayed above him — a move the White House came to regret as the display was mocked and became a source of controversy.
As White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday, “”President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said `mission accomplished’ for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission,” It turns out that there is a tradition that when the head of state visits a navy ship he brings a gift. Bush thought it would be a nice idea to make a banner that the men on the ship could enjoy commemorating the crew completing its 10 month mission. The President decided to have the sign made by a private vendor. Unfortunately, because it was a rush job the President’s staff didn’t thing to specifically spell out “Congradulations on your 10 month mission” on the banner.
Five years later, this silly misunderstanding still haunts the President. For any Dumocrats thinking of using it in a commercial I remind you that just as using John McCain’s statement on the 100 years war is illegal so is taking Bush out of context on the mission accomplished flap.