Bush's Mission Accomplished?

Mission (Un)accomplished

Sari Gelzer interviews Tom Engelhardt about his new book, Mission Unaccomplished. Gelzer writes, "The collection of interviews surpasses the usual mainstream media's soundbytes and the reader enters the realm of intimate discussion with some of the most interesting and intelligent peace activists, former military personnel, scholars, journalists, and everyday Americans."



Mission accomplished

by Justin Raimondo


The announced war aim of the Bush administration was to rid Saddam of his alleged 'weapons of mass destruction,' and when the WMD myth was finally and definitively debunked, they told us we were there to install a functioning democracy. That didn't pan out, either -- unless one considers Shi'ite death squads, and a campaign of ethnic cleansing that puts the one supposedly initiated by Slobodan Milosevic to shame, legitimate expressions of the demos. America's real war aims are another matter entirely, and they are coming into focus as the situation on the ground develops. After all, why assume that what is currently happening in Iraq isn't part of the program? Surely the Americans knew the dismemberment of the Iraqi state would have to mean Shi'ite hegemony, an empowered Iran, and the prospect of a regionalized conflagration. It defies belief that they didn't: our rulers may be evil, but they sure as heck aren't stupid (and I'm not talking about the president, who is a genuine dolt)...


Mission unaccomplished

The Nation
by Tom Engelhardt


It had taken much thought and planning that wartime May Day four years ago when George W. Bush co-piloted an S-3B Viking sub reconnaissance Naval jet onto the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Scott Sforza, a former ABC producer, had ‘embedded’ himself on that aircraft carrier days before the President landed. Along with Bob DeServi, a former NBC cameraman and lighting specialist, and Greg Jenkins, a former Fox News television producer, he had planned out every detail of the President’s arrival — as Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times put it then — ‘even down to the members of the Lincoln crew arrayed in coordinated shirt colors over Mr. Bush’s right shoulder and the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner placed to perfectly capture the president and the celebratory two words in a single shot. The speech was specifically timed for what image makers call ‘magic hour light,’ which cast a golden glow on Mr. Bush’...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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