Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mission Accomplished

May 1st is the 4th anniversary of the day George W. Bush stood in front of US troops and the world and declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, and the US had prevailed: Mission Accomplished. 3,300+ flag-draped caskets and countless Iraqi casualties later, combat and carnage are still ongoing, and by now there are few who won't admit that Georgie's photo-op pronouncement was just one of many lies this reckless and criminal administration has told.

Lies. The litany of lies that preceded the famous USS Lincoln photo-op is only exceeded by the lies that have followed since.

"Saddam has weapons of mass destruction."
"Saddam is an imminent threat."
"There were ties between Iraq and 9/11."
"We're making progress."
"Violence in Baghdad is down... the surge is working."

And so on. What's as amazing as their lies about the war are the lies that amounted to systematic character assassination of anyone who dared to question them and the Orwellian suppression of information. I don't think I could even stand to catalogue all the nefarious falsehoods perpetrated by the Bush administration, but fortunately others with stronger stomachs have done the heavy lifting.