By Ger Spaulding, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Forwarded by GTDyer
On 1 May 2006, Liberals had a field day marking the third anniversary of President Bush's landing on USS Abraham Lincoln to deliver what they relish in mischaracterizing as his “Mission Accomplished Speech.”
First, he never said “mission accomplished.” What he said was, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”
For you uninitiated media twerps and so-called leaders of the Democrat Party, the phrase “major combat operations” means army on army, tank on tank, air force on air force, etc. That's what the phrase has always meant. Bush was exactly correct when he said “major combat operations have ended,” because the Iraqi military had been utterly defeated and — on their own — disbanded and went into hiding among the general population.
He was also correct in saying, “…now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.” He was defining the next mission, one in which we are still engaged and one in which we are succeeding dramatically despite the best efforts of the insurgents, the liberal media and the Democrat Party.
Now, about that “Mission Accomplished” sign. Surely you recall that the Lincoln was on her way home from a long deployment at the time the war started, was turned around before reaching port and sent back out on a lengthy, unscheduled second deployment in support of the war.
When the president landed on her deck, she was finally on her way home from that unscheduled second deployment, and was very proud of the fact that she had accomplished the additional mission laid on her, even as Lincoln families had been anticipating the imminent return of their loved ones. And as you know, when they learned the president would be making a speech from the flight deck of their ship, the crew of the Lincoln asked permission to hang that sign to let their families and the world share in their pride.
Every time you idiots politicize the “Mission Accomplished” banner, you denigrate not only the crew of the Abe Lincoln, but every military unit that feels pride in accomplishing its mission on behalf of its country.
Shame on you! Shame on you!
So, here's a message to you liberal media and Democrat leaders: You can take your mischaracterizations and outright lies about what you call the “Mission Accomplished speech” and shove them right up your collective, traitorous asses until you choke on them.
Ger Spaulding, CAPT, U.S. Navy (Retired)