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Remember Mission Accomplished?

Posted by ZP Heller on May 1st, 2009

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Since May 1 is “Mission Accomplished” day, I thought I’d bring you “Tell Us the Mission (Accomplished),” a video we created two years ago featuring a fantastic spoken word performance from Steven Connell. It’s been six years since that infamous day when George Bush spoke on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under the “Mission Accomplished” banner, foolishly suggesting the war in Iraq was over just weeks after it began. Even Bush admitted regret over “Mission Accomplished,” which has come to symbolize all of the short-sightedness and piss poor leadership the Bush administration showed during the war.

It’s important, though, as we recall “Mission Accomplished,” to consider how President Obama is handling the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s no question Obama has done a lot to fix the mistakes of his predecessor in Iraq, and in a very short period of time. Obama announced a plan to end the war in Iraq, calling for a withdraw of US forces by 2011. What’s more, he rallied both Americans and Iraqis behind his strategy–no easy feat considering how deeply unpopular this war and Bush were, both in our country and abroad. My concern though is that Obama risks jeopardizing all the good he is attempting in Iraq by sinking us deeper in Afghanistan. What do you think? Is it possible to successfully end the war in Iraq and restore our country’s standing throughout the world when we’re escalating military operations in Afghanistan?

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