The Lady Speaks

Celebrating “Mission Accomplished” Day

It’s too bad Hallmark doesn’t make a card for this anniversary. Of course, it’s hard to come up with an appropriate sentiment. Do you wish the Iraqis a “Happy Anniversary! Since the end of “major combat operations” life’s been a little rough, but hey! You’ve got a Constitution…and had elections…and….”

See? Where do you go with it?!

The greeting card for neocons is easier, “Congrats on Mission Accomplished! Just another Friedman unit or two or ten and surely Iraq will turn the corner and the insurgents will be in their last throes. Really!”

Four years after his famous banner-and-codpiece photo op, look at El Pollo Loco’s war and occupation have brought us…..what, exactly?

Terrorist attacks worldwide are up by 25%. Forty-five percent of all attacks (6630 of them, up 91% from 3468) took place in Iraq, and 65% of terror attack fatalities occured there.

Tens of thousands – and possibly hundreds of thousands – of Iraqis are dead. Men, women, children. Iraqi citizens of all ages are dying at an average of 1500 per month, according to Iraq Casualty Count.

More than 50% of Iraqis support attacks on US military personnel.

We have lost 3351 of America’s sons and daughters with more than 26,000 wounded. April 2007 was one of the deadliest months in the history of the occupation for American troops, with over 100 killed.

The financial cost for this war is over $500,000,000,000. Five hundred billion. And what is there to show for it? Reconstruction projects touted as successes are falling apart.

The emotional cost can’t even begin to be calculated. We have thousands of soldiers suffering PTSD. Their families are living with worry and stress on a level that we on the outside can’t really begin to comprehend.

Over 430,000 service personnel have been discharged from the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 119,000 have sought treatment from the VA for medical or mental issues.

El Pollo Loco will most likely avoid comment today, though I’m sure Mr. Snowjob will do a fine little spin-and-dance number about it. Certainly, lots of Republican right-wing pundits will foul the airwaves as they spin their little hearts out.

But, at the end of the day, the fact remains: Iraq is not a success. It’s a worsening civil war, and our soldiers are stuck in the middle of it.

There is no chance – none, zero, zip – that this is going to come out well for the US. Iraqis aren’t suddenly going to wake up and say, “Hey – we don’t really give a sh*t what sect you are, or whether or not you pray this way or that. It’s time to heal our country, and come together as brothers (and sisters) to restore our nation.”

Instead, the divides will grow deeper, as will the hatred, and the killing will continue until someone – US-backed or not – becomes the next Saddam.

It’s time for Congress to stand up and send a message to the President from the American people:

Bring our troops home, Mr. President.

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UPDATE: 5/1/07

Some of us are celebrating Law Day and hoping for a return to the rule of law that will signal the end of the Bush misAdministration. Preferably (please please please) with a perp walk at the Hague.

However, I’m sure El Pollo Loco and his minions/minders are celebrating – no kidding – Loyalty Day. Oh, the irony in this little Presidential proclamation: [emphasis mine]

[…] America was founded by patriots who risked their lives to bring freedom to our Nation. Today, our citizens are grateful for our Founding Fathers and confident in the principles that lead us forward. On Loyalty Day, we celebrate the blessings of freedom and remember our responsibility to continue our legacy of liberty.

Our Nation has never been united simply by blood, birth, or soil, but instead has always been united by the ideals that move us beyond our background and teach us what it means to be Americans. We believe deeply in freedom and self-government, values embodied in our cherished documents and defended by our troops over the course of generations. […]






May 1, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Middle East, Pentagon, Politics, Protest, US Military, War, White House


  1. According to, there never was a “Mission Accomplished” banner! I have the YouTube on this up at my blog The Agitator

    Comment by theagitator | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. Never there, eh? Veddy eenteresting….

    I think I remember FauxNews (yeah, I had no taste back then) doing a great pan of that banner, with lots of happy monkey screeching commentary on how great the US was, how great El Pollo Loco was, how lucky we were to have a manly man in charge…how wonderful it all was. Happy happy, joy joy, and all that jazz.

    Hmmm…now that I think about it, it’s not much different from what’s on Faux nowadays.

    Comment by PA_Lady | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. NeoSpeak = Just say it and it becomes “truth”
    We all saw the Mission Accomplished banner. F’n liars.

    The only card that would be appropriate for Iraqis is a giant I’m Sorry dipped in blood.

    Comment by mirth | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. mirth: Orwell was only off by a couple decades, but 1984 has come to life around us.

    War is peace.
    Mission Accomplished is Just the Beginning.

    Comment by PA_Lady | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. Too bad we didn’t have someone to ride thru every middlesex, village, and town announcing:
    The Liars are coming,
    The LIars are coming..
    To arms, to arms,
    The Liars are coming.

    Countdown: 629 days, or sooner, until the end of this administration…

    Comment by mom | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  6. Bush vetoed the Iraq funding bill today.
    I’m joining others in the opinion that congressional Dems need to take the gloves off. Let Bush fund his war out of his own damn pocket. Cut funding, start bring our servicepersons tomorrow. It’s a street fight now.

    Comment by mirth | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  7. Readers of the Lady Speaks. Speaker Pelosi wants our calls. IF you hit my blog spot u will find toll free numbers. She is taking a tally for Impeachment. This is to be a have at all. This is net roots at work. All the numbers you need are there. We must strike while the Iron is hot.

    Comment by proudprogessive | May 2, 2007 | Reply

  8. Great idea PP! You can bet she’ll hear from me.

    PS: I added the linky to your blog, in case anyone doesn’t know to click on your name.

    Comment by PA_Lady | May 2, 2007 | Reply

  9. mirth: We’re going to see impeachment – hopefully soon.

    I think the US Attorney scandal was what changed everything. Watching the various hearings, especially Abu’s latest session of “not recalling what he didn’t recollect when he didn’t remember” – I think just a few more pushes, a few more revealing details, and even the Repubs will embrace impeachment as the only way to save themselves in ’08 – ala Nixon.

    It wasn’t till his own party was fed up that anything happened.

    Comment by PA_Lady | May 2, 2007 | Reply

  10. That still makes me mad!

    Asher Heimermann

    Comment by Asher Heimermann | May 13, 2007 | Reply

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