Mission Accomplished: Four Years of Iraq Talking Points

BlueOregon contributor Jon Perr joins Jeff Alworth in marking tomorrow's fourth anniversary of President Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq by offering an exhaustive list of the talking points, sound bites, slogans and rallying cries the President and his GOP amen corner used to justify the war, demonize Saddam Hussein and tar the Democratic Party.

Using just a small sampling, you can quickly recreate the President's narrative of fear-mongering, arrogance, deceit and duplicity:

"Saddam was an ally of Qaeda" who sought "uranium in Africa" to build "weapons of mass destruction." He was a "grave and gathering threat" whose "smoking gun could take the form of a mushroom cloud." We were to be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people whose "purple fingers" showed that "freedom is God's gift to humanity."

But now the Democrat Congress supports a "surrender date" and is "waving a white flag" to "embolden the enemy." Nancy Pelosi is trying to "micromanage the war." How can Democrats "confirm General Petraeus but oppose his mission?" If they have their way, the insurgents will "follow us home."

For a look back at four years of wartime marketing gone bad and to see which Iraq sound bites are on - and off - the Republicans' approved talking points list, visit Perrspectives.

  • Zak J. (unverified)

    That's perfect!

    Very interesting interview in the Washington Post today with Robert "Valerie Plame" Novak interviewing arch-conservative Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Here's what Hagel had to say about the "follow us home" theory:

    "[Novak]What about claims by proponents of the Iraqi intervention that failure to stop the terrorists in Iraq will open the door to them in the American homeland?

    "That's nonsense," Hagel replied. "I've never believed that. That's the same kind of rhetoric and thinking that neocons used to get us into this mess and everything that [Donald] Rumsfeld, [Paul] Wolfowitz, [Richard] Perle, [Douglas] Feith and the vice president all said. Nothing turned out the way they said it would."

    It is "nonsense," Hagel said, because "Iraq is not embroiled in a terrorist war today."

    "So," said Hagel, "when I hear people say, 'Well, if we leave them to that, it will be chaos' -- what do you think is going on now? Scaring the American people into this blind alley is so dangerous."

    And that's what a conservative Republican is saying.

  • Bill Bodden (unverified)
    <h2>Send a copy of this to Tony Snow. On his first day back on the job Snow claimed Bush never made any link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. Snow's doctors might have treated his cancer, but someone needs to do something about the malfunctions in his brain.</h2>

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