Originally posted by ThatsJustWeird
Originally posted by thematrix
Wasn't "the war" in Iraq declared over a couple of years ago? ...
Technically "the war" was over a couple years ago. Meaning we switched from offensive to primarily defensive (with a few offensive raids here and
there). The "war" was basically over with the fall of Baghdad. Not the job however. During that "mission accomplished" speech, I'm pretty sure I
remember Bushy saying something to that affect, that there was still difficult work ahead (pretty sure he didn't expect it to be as bad as it has
Let's not be victims of the "memory hole". What Bush said was wildly at odds with what has happened: steadily escalating violence and nearly 1500
more troops dead, not to mention countless civilians and Iraqi freedom fighters/terrorists.
Partial text of MISSION ACCOMPLISHED SPEECH
"Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In
the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.
In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment
— yet it is you, the members of the United States military, who achieved it. Your courage — your willingness to face danger for your country and
for each other — made this day possible. Because of you, our nation is more secure. Because of you, the tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.
Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision, and speed, and boldness the enemy did not expect, and the world had not seen
before. From distant bases or ships at sea, we sent planes and missiles that could destroy an enemy division, or strike a single bunker. Marines and
soldiers charged to Baghdad across 350 miles of hostile ground, in one of the swiftest advances of heavy arms in history. You have shown the world the
skill and the might of the American Armed Forces.
This nation thanks all of the members of our coalition who joined in a noble cause. We thank the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, and
Poland... I have a special word for Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld, for General (Tommy) Franks, and for all the men and women who wear the uniform of the
United States: America is grateful for a job well done...
The character of our military through history — the daring of Normandy, the fierce courage of Iwo Jima, the decency and idealism that turned enemies
into allies — is fully present in this generation. When Iraqi civilians looked into the faces of our servicemen and women, they saw strength, and
kindness, and good will...
In the images of fallen statues, we have witnessed the arrival of a new era... Today, we have the greater power to free a nation by breaking a
dangerous and aggressive regime. With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against
civilians. No device of man can remove the tragedy from war. Yet it is a great advance when the guilty have far more to fear from war than the
In the images of celebrating Iraqis, we have also seen the ageless appeal of human freedom. Decades of lies and intimidation could not make the Iraqi
people love their oppressors or desire their own enslavement...
We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the
old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We have begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons, and already know of
hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We are helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and
schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people. 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.
The Battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001, and still goes on. That terrible morning, 19 evil men —
the shock troops of a hateful ideology — gave America and the civilized world a glimpse of their ambitions. They imagined, in the words of one
terrorist, that September the 11th would be the "beginning of the end of America." By seeking to turn our cities into killing fields, terrorists and
their allies believed that they could destroy this nation's resolve, and force our retreat from the world. They have failed."
Really, really scary in my opinion.