Wednesday, August 23, 2006

on mission accomplished

Well, Baby Bush announced yesterday that we need to stay in Iraq until the mission is accomplished. But didn't he proclaim the mission accomplished several years ago? Seems to me he was wearing a flight suit and standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier... But what do I know?


Blogger ajtooley said...

The first reasonably relevant definition from Merriam-Webster states that a mission is a specific task with which a person or a group is charged b (1) : a definite military, naval, or aerospace task [a bombing mission] [a space mission]

If you read this article closely, you'll see two perfectly plausible reasons for the wording of the banner besides the one you want it to mean. Baghdad had just fallen and Saddam's government was in full flight, so the mission of regime change had in fact been accomplished, whether we're happy with the after effects or not. And the aircraft carrier was completing its own mission by returning to port.

I've never seen the word mission applied to an entire war until, well, the whole flight suit thing.

And speaking of that flight suit, this Democratic veteran, clearly no fan of Bush, says you're all wet.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Chuck Rightmire said...

I'll buy the flight suit, but I'm just quoting the president when I refer to the mission as the entire war. That, I understand, is what he was talking about.

2:33 PM  
Blogger ajtooley said...

First off, you're not quoting the President. If you were quoting the President, you'd supply the excerpt of the speech in which he said the mission that was accomplished was the whole enchilada.

Speaking of quotes, here are some from the President's speech that day. Sure, there are plenty of things in the overall speech that are ripe for criticism, but check out these actual quotes and see if your statement still holds up:

"Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
(Emphasis mine, to point out the incorrectness of critics' later charges that the administration's characterization of the appearance as celebrating the end of major combat operations was merely spin; the President, and the article to which I linked, referred to the end of major combat operations --not all combat operations-- from the get-go)

"We have difficult work to do in Iraq."

"The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done and then we will leave and we will leave behind a free Iraq."

"Our mission continues."

You say he said the entire war was over, but his actual words say otherwise. It would appear that the mid-insurgency spin is coming not from the administration, but from you.

5:38 PM  

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