Friday, November 18, 2005

Bush Admin Does Some More Rewriting Of History

I realized tonight that I was falling behind on my self-flagellation so I headed over to Pentagon.gov to see what Rumsfeld has been up to. There I found a transcript from just 4 days ago where Rumsfeld employed his twisted, Orwellian speak in an effort to prop-up the quagmire in Iraq.

Near the end of Rumsfeld's opening statement, I noticed the following:
"While the American people understandably want to know when our forces can leave Iraq, I believe they do not want them to leave until our mission is accomplished and the Iraqis are able to sustain their fledgling democracy."
Recognize anything? Immediately the image of Bush on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln with the inafamous "Mission Accomplished" banner behind him popped into my mind. So, it's clear now. We didn't accomplish the mission back on May 1st, 2003. It has yet to be accomplished according to Rumsfeld. Of course, we all know this, but the administration has never addressed it honestly. Talk about a rewrite of history.

Futhermore, no one in the Bush administration has apologized or admitted the error that the banner has come to represent. In fact, the only thing the administration has done is to pass the buck onto the Navy for the banner's presence.

One other thing jumped out at me while researching for this blog entry.

In Bush's speech from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, he makes one of the more tacit, and less commonly cited, comments that tries to link Iraq to 9/11:
"The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001 and still goes on."
The Republican talking point about Democrats trying to rewrite history isn't sticking. Like the magical adhesive on a sticky note, it only lasts so long.