It was not a dark and stormy night, although perhaps that would have been a more appropriate setting, obvious cliché aside. In fact, it was an otherwise quiet morning in Washington, around 9:00am, when President George W. Bush gave the executive order from the Situation Room that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As you must surely know, that event happened five years ago today.
It was followed, less than two months later, with Bush standing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a banner that read, “Mission Accomplished” in the background.
One may continue to wonder why, if the mission had truly been accomplished on May 1, 2003, we are marking our fifth anniversary in Iraq amid warnings from the Bush administration that pulling troops out too soon could spell certain disaster there and here at home.
I was told by someone I work with that they had heard someone on another station — possibly one of the cable networks — say that today we “celebrate” the anniversary of the war in Iraq.
I’m glad it wasn’t someone on our station, because I’d have had to get up, walk out of my office to the newsroom, walk up to that person and smack them right upside the head.
We commemorate such an event, but with casualties around the 4,000 mark and the price tag that grows by about $200 Million every day, there seems to be little to “celebrate.” To add fuel to that fire, I note that one of the candidates for president says it’d be fine with him to keep our troops there for 100 years. Wonder what kind of celebration would be appropriate for that?