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Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Lying Sack

posted by on May 1 at 8:59 AM

According to the White House, that sign behind Bush…
bushmission33.jpg…it was not referring to the war in Iraq but to something else entirely, something to do with the ship returning home. The sign just happened to be there, and the White House regrets that the American public thought it had anything to do with the victory speech.


After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the “Mission Accomplished” phrase referred to the carrier’s crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq. Bush, in October 2003, disavowed any connection with the “Mission Accomplished” message. He said the White House had nothing to do with the banner; a spokesman later said the ship’s crew asked for the sign and the White House staff had it made by a private vendor.

“President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said `mission accomplished’ for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday. “And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.”


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1

That's right bitch, year after year after year, so SUCK IT!

Posted by monkey | May 1, 2008 9:09 AM
2

I am really really tired of the Mission Accomplished banner always coming up. Time to move on or get therapy people.

Posted by Andrew | May 1, 2008 9:11 AM
3

@ 2: is that really you, Tony Scalia?

Posted by max solomon | May 1, 2008 9:15 AM
4

Keep spinning, Dana. Keep spinning.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | May 1, 2008 9:23 AM
5

Not even remotely credible. What's most interesting isn't the lie, it's the audacity of telling such a pathetic lie. It's like a kid denying that he ate the cake when he's got frosting all over it.

Posted by Fnarf | May 1, 2008 9:27 AM
6

Charles, There are probably many sighs regarding this, but I think you mean "sign".

Posted by Alan | May 1, 2008 9:29 AM
7

264 days and counting.

Posted by kid icarus | May 1, 2008 9:29 AM
8

There are a million stories is in the big city...and the White House will use them all...

Posted by Michael | May 1, 2008 10:09 AM
9

I can't believe it took them 5 years to come up with that one.

Posted by ahava | May 1, 2008 10:15 AM
10

They have a banner for a 10 month mission? Huh? Do they all get gold stars by their name too?

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | May 1, 2008 10:21 AM
11

Eight years of Lying.

Almost 4100 dead.

Around 50,000 wounded.

And half a million Iraqis dead.

All for ... LIES.

How many more days of this incompetent batch of fools?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 1, 2008 10:22 AM
12

That man is a sorry excuse for a human being. There is a special place in hell being reserved right now. I know, cliche, but if the cliche fits...

Posted by scharrera | May 1, 2008 10:25 AM
13

WHSPILF

Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! | May 1, 2008 10:34 AM
14

Jesus, you think they could just admit they were wrong. Certainly that'd be better than admitting to being utterly stupid liars.

Posted by David | May 1, 2008 10:53 AM
15

Their defense should be that this was a while before they totally fucked up. It's before they sent Bremmer to Iraq and de-Bathification. That was really when the civil war started. And yet, Rove is at CNN and Kristol is at the NY Times.

@2, the same guys are trying to start a third war with Iran right now. How is their total ineptness and complete lack of interest in the people fighting wars not an issue anymore?

Posted by left coast | May 1, 2008 11:28 AM
16

Just when I think it is impossible to become more cynical. This administration will stop at nothing. There is just no lie too obvious to attempt, no truth too evident to deny.

Posted by inkweary | May 1, 2008 12:04 PM
17

I almost laughed, and then I remembered more than a hundred thousand people died because of this jackass. Incredibly, incredibly pitiful. This is true, Orwellian, Soviet-style propaganda, the lies that are so transparent but that is not what matters. It is the numbing repetition of them, and the attempt to dissolve truth, to dissolve meaning.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | May 1, 2008 12:14 PM
18

Grant Cogswell @ 17,


That's the true horror that Orwell couldn't conceive of when he wrote 1984. It's not that the government would lie and become corrupted by power as governments sometimes do; it's that people don't even care enough to do anything about it and the media doesn't even have to bother making the lies and propaganda believable.


To the Bushbots and their supplicants, their words are not lies, they're differences of opinion. There is no truth and there are no facts anymore.

Posted by Original Andrew | May 1, 2008 1:15 PM
19

@17 and 18, agreed that we're living an Orwellian nightmare, and the complicity of the corporate media is really the key. Although having corps like AT&T help them eavesdrop and then having Congress grant them immunity or setting up a govt in Iraq that grants contractors such as Blackwater immunity is really the innovation that they've brought to facism. Maybe China will force into bankruptcy before we totally devolve into a fascist military dictatorship.

Original Andrew, it's not 'differences of opinion', it's 'partisan bickering'. Remember, they favor 'smaller government', except when it comes to military spending.

Posted by left coast | May 1, 2008 4:05 PM
20

My then-boyfriend was one of the sailors on that ship when Bush gave the speech. He joked to me that it was Bush's people that hung that banner and the war was far from over. What bullshit.

Posted by Lee | May 1, 2008 4:28 PM

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