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Blog Protest on "Mission Accomplished Day" -- May 1

April 27, 2006 11:11 PM

On May 1st, the three year anniversary of when Bush told everyone the war was over, join me and many other bloggers in posting one of these images on your blog or website

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Blog Protest on "Mission Accomplished Day" -- May 1 (04.27.2006)

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Read the 14 comments.

Right Wing Robby:

Youll have to show me where he said the war was over.

Fri Apr 28 2006 11:40 AM

Jim Gilliam:

You do realize that if you use that argument, robby, it means that there is absolutely no reason for us to be there, because there is no mission any more... it's been accomplished.

So you either say he was wrong, or you have to say he was right, the mission really *was* accomplished, and he's just sacrificing tens of thousands of lives for no reason.

So he's either wrong, or evil.

He could also be both.

Fri Apr 28 2006 12:38 PM

Tom from Madison:

I say there's ample evidence that Bush is both.

Fri Apr 28 2006 12:52 PM

Right Wing Robby:

As soon as I hear a liberal say that Iraq would better off with Saddam in charge, or say that we were right to go in. Pick one cause you cant have it both ways.

I never took the Mission Accomplished, as meaning the war was over. A mission, does not a war make Jim.

Fri Apr 28 2006 1:06 PM

Dave E.:

Look at RWR dispense the Yoda-like war pontifications. I suppose he's right, though. A clear exit strategy helps to "make a war", not just actually accomplishing the mission before posting banners and making speaches as if it is over. Or overwhelming force to secure the peace and retain the monopoly on violence to bring order would probably help "make a war". How bout properly equipped troops? Maybe some disciplined spending too. I surmise all of these would add up to a real nice war. A war we can ALL be proud of, not just the rot-gut cult of Bushists.

Yes. I actually agree with RWR this time.

And as for his Hannity-approved choice he offered, I know which one George H.W. Bush would choose. Or chose, actually. Despite the quaint self-righteous indignation RWR indicates he has for Saddam, Daddy WarBush knew that to occupy would be untenable and a collosal disaster.

Leave it up to doofus Jr. to go out and prove him right. Idiots.

This nation is buried in wave after wave of GOP scandal and corruption, yet people still defend Bush. Astounding.

Fri Apr 28 2006 2:26 PM

Tom from Madison:

It's sad and wrong that Bush's version of the history of Iraq includes no amount of responsibility taken by good old George himself.

There are a myriad of other ways Saddam could have been brought to justice. Bush decided it would be on neo-con terms.

This included:
1) lies about Saddam's capabilities,
2) wasting billions of $ in contract corruption,
3) needlessly alienating European and other allies,
4) failing to use the Iraqi army,
5) torturing in the name of freedom,
6) taking rights away from Americans in the name of security,
7) violating specific laws with impunity.

First the world, then then the American people, finally retired Generals turned on Bush. It's time for regime chage.

Fri Apr 28 2006 4:47 PM

Jim Gilliam:

At this point it's pretty self-evident that Iraq was better off with Saddam Hussein.

Sat Apr 29 2006 1:35 AM


I'll second that - better off with Hussein.
And so were 2,395 American faamilies (and counting). No WMDs, just

O peration
I raqi
L iberation

Sat Apr 29 2006 3:31 PM


I cant believe what I'm rerading!!!!

You all ACTUALLY believe that Iraq would be better off with: RAPE rooms (so much for womens rights), torture chambers, and mass graves!!! has your hatered for Bush blinded you all?!?!? Bush freed 25 MILLION pewople in Iraq alone, yes there are problems but they (and we) ARE better off then then when Saddam was in power.

Bush has been one of the greatest presidents this country has had, just look at the stats: Greater home ownership then ever before, lower unemployment then the 80s & 90s put together, just look at your 401K plans and tell me what you think.

Sat Apr 29 2006 4:28 PM

Mike of the Great White North:


Under Saddam, Iraq was the most advanced and liberated culture in the whole middle east. Women had superior rights compared to the talibanesque regime the US has installed in bagdad. Christians were free to practice their religion under Saddam, now christians hide for fear of being executed and body dumped in this now ongoing CIVIL WAR (thats right it's already happening) Under Saddam, Iraq had the highest level of educated population compared to other mideast countries. This was before the US bombed them into the stone age for weapons and fears that did not exist.

Was Saddam a menace to his own people? Yes, to a select group who did not want a dictator in power. Thats why he was a dictator. But the key to this argument is not whether Saddam was a nice man NJ. The key to this argument is whether the civilian population is better off now than before the war. And it's an unequivical NO.

You continue to cling to the same tripe and refuse to let go. You've taken the bait hook line and sinker, every distorted fact this administration fed you about Saddam. Ordinary Iraqi's are NOT better off now than before the war. And YOU are not better off now either. New reports confirm what I (and fellow realists) have claimed all along. That US action in Iraq has turned it into a launching pad for terrorism where none had existed before.,,175-2157116,00.html

Greatest President in history. Get back to me in 10 years and we shall indeed see what history has to say about this lunatic.

Sat Apr 29 2006 7:04 PM

Jim Gilliam:

All of those things have been done by Bush in the name of freedom. Where do you think the hundred thousand dead Iraqis are buried? Have you heard of Abu Ghraib? And that's just what we know. Just imagine what we find out years from now (it took a long time for Saddam's atrocities to come to light).

Freedom, at the very least, is not being afraid to go outside.

Sat Apr 29 2006 7:05 PM

Tom from Madison:

Realism and pragmatism should have ruled the day from the beginning. Instead we got a load of ideologically-driven fairy tales from the far right.

Bush's bogus journey has cost US lives, Iraqi lives, isolated America in the world, and bankrupted us in the process. Only a fool would stay this course.

What kind of freedom can there be when the likely outcome of running for office, joining the army, or joining the police is death?

Mon May 1 2006 9:07 AM

Anand Kumar:

Official Website of Shri Srinivasa Ragavaswamy charitable Trust in South India working towards constructing a temple for Sri Srinivasa Perumal (balaji) with Raja Gopuram which is named as Kovai Thiruppathy.

Fri Jan 5 2007 7:17 AM


Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn't the country with
the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn't that likely to be the most hated country?
If ever there was ever a time in our nation's history that called for a change, this is it!
The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren't living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

Sun Feb 18 2007 10:56 PM

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