Wednesday, April 30, 2008
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino is right about one thing, at least, this time. The media is sure to play up tomorrow's fifth anniversary of the "Mission Accomplished" banner displayed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln just 44 days after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended," Bush said then. "The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on Sept. 11, 2001, and still goes on." The banner displayed above him -- Mission Accomplished -- became a symbol of poor planning and mistakes as the war still is going on five years later and thousands of U.S. soldiers have been killed. Perino claimed yesterday that the banner was inexact, that the mission it was referring to was the 10 months at sea by the aircraft carrier. "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," she said today. "And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year." As long as the White House keeps making ludicrous claims, the media should keep bringing it up.