President Bush Declares Victory & Mission Accomplished in Iraq Hot

President Bush Declares Victory & Mission Accomplished in Iraq

Bush 'Mission Accomplished' Speech
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Speaking aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush declares victory and announces the end of the major combat operations in Iraq. Behind him is a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner.

This entire event comes under strong criticism because it also signals the beginning of the Iraqi guerrilla war and insurgency. Most American casualties in Iraq occur after President Bush's speech, not before, yet here he is declaring an American victory.

Bush himself never actually uses the words "mission accomplished," but that is the impression that the event is designed to convey and Bush does say, "In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." Even he eventually recognizes the problem and in 2009 says, "Clearly, putting 'Mission Accomplished' on an aircraft carrier was a mistake."


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