Tag Archives: Mission Accomplished

OK To Lie About Being Brave

Judge Robert Blackburn struck down the “Stolen Valor Act” as unconstitutional. This law makes it a criminal action to lie about having served in the military and receiving medals for being in combat. The case involves Glen Strondlof who claimed to have served in Iraq where he allegedly was wounded and received a Purple Heart to go along with a Silver Star. The law raises questions as to lies being told by political leaders who apparently are allowed to say what they please without facing punishment. For example:

George Bush claimed “Mission Accomplished” and we all know it never was.

Don Rumsfeld claimed he had a theory of fighting wars that was guaranteed to succeed in Iraq.

Dick Cheney still claims there were WMD in Iraq.

Barack Obama insisted the Stimulus Plan would create millions of jobs and reduce unemployment.

Rudy Giuliani continues to insist “he saved America after 9/11″ when the only thing he saved was an ever increasing bank account.

Republicans claim that Ronald Reagan restored fiscal responsibility to the American government and reduced taxes. Actually, the national debt during his watch increased from $700 million to $3 Trillion and he urged a large tax increase.

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele claims the war in Afghanistan is “Obama’s War.” As I recall US troops were ordered to invade Afghanistan by George Bush.

Sarah Palin now claims when she said, “drill, baby, drill,” she was referring to her dentist.

John McCain was for immigration reform before he came out against it.

LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh insist there was no collusion, they all just happened to wind up in Miami.

Mission Unaccomplished In Iraq Is What I Meant-Bush

As the glory days of the spring of 2003 recede further into recesses of the past, President Bush wants America to know he was quite clear the war in Iraq at that point was merely the opening stages of a six year struggle to defeat terrorism. Yesterday, the White House wallowed in self pity by claiming George Bush paid an unfair price because some unknown individuals had placed a banner on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln saying: “Mission Accomplished.” His actual words that fateful day were: ‘Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11, 2001 and still goes on.”

As I recall, right wing pundits boasted that liberals who had denigrated the president were now eating crow because the brilliant military ideas of Secetary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had proven more correct than timid demands of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for more troops in order to ensure victory. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter were on a tear viciously ripping into liberals and the incompetent military who lacked the expertise of the Rumsfeld theory of fighting wars.

The White House is correct that media sources will mock Bush claims of that day and the poor president will have to suffer the outrageous stings of unfair criticism. As I recall, Bush and his pack of vicious dogs even mocked the patriotism of an American senator who had lost both arms and legs fighting in Vietnam. There is no question George Bush has always been honest, spoken clearly, and never questioned the integrity of those who opposed him. On that point, we can definitely say, “Mission Accomplished.”