On May 2, 2003 President Bush landed with much fanfare aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared "Mission Accomplished" regarding the war in Iraq. At Monday's soon-to-be-considered-a-classic press conference, Bush, in rallying against what he and the Repugs call the Democrats' "cut and run" policy, said "You don't succeed by leaving before the mission is complete" Obviously, mission definitely not yet accomplished.
The press conference exposed Bush once again for lying through his teeth on the subject of the war and its justification based on revenge for the 9/11 attacks. In between what felt like hours of inane, repetitive drivel about the "war on terror," Bush was interrupted by a reporter who challenged the president with "what does Iraq have to do with that?" Bush shot back, "Nothing...except that it's part of...and nobody's even suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack." But this, as we all know by now, is a crock. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and the rest of the Busheviks have, since 9/11, been beating into Americans' heads that Saddam and the attacks are indeed inextricably tied. In fact, that's why as of September 2003, polling showed that an astounding 69% of Americans believed that Iraq was responsible for the attacks.
Here's a sampling of the incendiary rhetoric spewed by Bush himself in order to dupe Americans and scare the bajeesus out of them:
9/25/02: "The war on terror, you can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror."
10/7/02: "We've learned that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making, and poisons, and deadly gases...We know that al Qaeda and Iraq have had high-level contacts that go back a decade."
11/7/02: "He's (Saddam) a threat because he is dealing with al Qaeda."
And even at Monday's press conference the president couldn't help himself, lobbing these Weapons of Mass Deception in direct contradiction with his earlier denial: "Imagine a world in which Saddam Hussein was there stirring even more trouble in a part of the world that, uh, that had so much resentment, so much hatred, that people came and killed 3000 of our citizens;"...and that pulling out of Iraq now would embolden terrorists and result in future attacks on U.S. soil.
The war, and Bush's handling of it, remain incredibly unpopular. New CNN poll numbers show that on the subject of the Iraq war, the president's job approval is at a new low of 36%. Only 44% said he is "honest and trustworthy" and just 42% said he "inspires confidence." Let's hope the polls and the pundits are right, that the November midterm elections will be a referendum on Bush and his failed war.