May 1st, 2008
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Dems seize on 5 year anniversary of 'Mission Accomplished' speech

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(CNN)— The Iraq war – which has taken a back seat to economic concerns on the campaign trail recently – returned to the forefront Thursday as Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama used the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech to blast the administration’s war policy.

At a campaign event in Indiana, Obama drew a parallel between President Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech and Clinton and John McCain’s gas tax holiday proposals, telling the crowd that ultimately, the “the long term problems... keep going and going and going.”

“You remember when George Bush five years ago put up a big sign in front of an aircraft carrier saying: ‘Mission accomplished in Iraq.’ I’m sure they thought that was good politics. Except five years later we're still in this war in Iraq,” said the Illinois senator, who has made his early opposition to the war a major theme of his campaign.

His Democratic rival stressed administration missteps in the early days of the conflict. “The fifth anniversary of President Bush's ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech comes the same week as a chief architect of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq conceded ‘We were clueless on counterinsurgency,’” Clinton said in a statement. “The path forward is to use American diplomacy and our allies to allow U.S. forces to come home, and turn responsibility back to Iraq and its people.”

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner had been referring to the sailors on the ship where the speech was delivered, not the war itself. “President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said `mission accomplished' for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," said Perino. "And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year."

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  1. Tom,des moines

    Hussein Obama want to talk to AL QAEDA,HAMAS,IRAN,NORTH KOREA,SYRIA AND CUBA WITHOUT ANY PRECONDITION WHAT SO EVER. I THINK HUSSEIN OBAMA SHOULD BE ASHAME OF HIMSELF FOR SAYING THAT.

    GO HILLARY!

    May 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Stop the Anti-Clinton Machine

    Stop misrepresenting HIllary. I would not mind $30 bucks in my pocket this summer.

    Difference here is WORDS vs ACTION.

    We all know this is not a permanent FIX.

    May 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. A neocon whatever that term is!

    Just as the politicos wrangled over the word"is" as to Clintonian escapades so to is" mission accomplished " t'wisted and used to denigrate a politico! Zany existence isn't it! Bush was smeared by the left for 8 years! Hate is a burning sensation in politics!

    May 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Go Hillary!!

    Clinton 08!!

    May 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Diana

    Karen: the pastor you refer to is from Clinton, NY and has no relationship to Hillary or Bill Clinton. Please get your facts straight.

    May 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. E.M.Jordan/NJ

    IF THERE IS SUCH A THING "VOICE OF REASON" IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MUD SLINGING THAT THE CLINTON'S BROUGHT TO THIS CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THE HUNGER AND GREED THAT MANIFEST WITHIN THE BOTH OF THEM AND AS FAR AS BILL GOES THE RACE IS NOT ABOUT HIM SO WHY IS HE ALWAYS MAKING REMARKS ABOUT WHAT HE THINKS WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HE THINKS HE HAD A CHANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND IT IS OBVIOUS HE WANTS IT AGAIN. AND CLEARY IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING AND THAT IS WHAT THE CLINTON'S REPRESENT "NOTHING" IT HAS BEEN LIE ON TOP OF LIES COMING FROM THAT WOMAN IT IS EITHER SHE IS BIPOLAR OR GOING THROUGH THE LAST STAGES OF CHANGE OF LIFE BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR SHE IS DESPERATE.............................

    WHY HAVE'NT SHE SPOKE OUT ABOUT HER PASTOR WHO MOLESTED A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL AND WAS CONVICTED TO PRISON FOR IT, I WILL TELL YOU WHY BECAUSE SHE CAN'T STAND WHAT IS KNOWN AS "TRUTH"

    AND I THINK THAT "HILLARY" SHOULD BE JUST AS ASHAMED SHE HAS PROVEN TO ALL AMERICA SHE CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH

    May 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. TerrenceW from NC

    How are we to be a peaceful country in the world again with leaders that are always boasting how much a "FIGHTER" they are. One's talking about "obliterating a country" while the other is singing songs about "bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran". It's clear to see that even the rest of the world is hoping that Obama will become president. Not because he would be a pushover but because the US will actually have someone in office that cares about ALL people and is willing to explore options that will keep ALL people safe.

    "Hillarious" and "McSame" are far from that.

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Belle

    Senator Clinton does NOT want to obliterate Iran...so quit lying. She does want to protect Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries from Iran bullying them because Iran will have nuclear capabilities.

    By the way, Obama should be happy...Rev. Wright was supposed to be given an honorary degree from Northwestern University this June....

    However, they withdrew the degree BECAUSE OF THE OBAMA WRIGHT CONTROVERSY.

    As I said, Obama is NOT a uniter. I hope he is proud of himself....I don't believe for a second he had not at least listened to the tapes (As he said he did in his last speech) last year. He could have protected his friend, mentor and pastor simply by not asking him to be on his campaign committee. He showed poor judgment, and worse, is destroying a man's life...for what? To be the most powerful man in the world.

    Congratulations Mr. Obama.

    Shame on YOU
    SHAME ON NORTHWESTERN

    At least Clinton never attacked your personal character.

    May 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. E.M.Jordan/NJ

    WHY SHOULD OBAMA BE ASHAMED OF ANYTHING HE HAS NOT LIED ABOUT ANYTHING, AS FAR AS REV. WRIGHT GOES HE IS BEING PAID BY "GUESS WHO" WHY WOULD HE DO SUCH A THING AND SOME OF THE ORGANIZERS WHERE HE HAS BEEN SPEAKING ARE CLINTON SUPPORTERS DOES THAT JUST MAKE YOU WONDER A BIT AS TO HOW FAR THIS DEMONIC WOMAN IS WILLING TO GO..............................

    SHE NEEDS TO JUST GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SHE REPRESENT 666 IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

    May 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Paris

    The only purpose of Iran, Hamas, Al-Qaida is destruction of our way of life.
    They see us as infidels and we are to be killed if we don’t agree with Islamic laws.
    There is a word in Islam called Taghiea, do you what it means.
    It means you can agree and shake hands on any issue knowing you are lying and break your word.
    It is ok as long as you are doing it to promote Islamic Law.
    That is what Hamas and Iran believe in, now how do you diplomatically go forward with this way of thinking.
    Knowing that the ultimate goal is your destruction?

    May 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Ready for Change

    Please, anything but Rev Wright, please oh please, and not Larry Sinclair either.

    May 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. susie

    Obama is a flip-flopper. He would throw his own wife under the bus for her anti-American comments. Anything for a vote!

    May 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Angel

    Sir/Madam Moderator: Why is my post still awaiting authorization–I have said nothing in my post that is not truthful. I have seen many horrible posting and you refused to post mine.

    May 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THERE'S WHAT WE CALL A "WISE MAN" AND A "wise guy". OBAMA IS A WISE MAN, SO GO FIGURE WHO THE wise guy is.

    May 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. NickNas

    HMMMM I notice lately that when I see a ticker Item about Hillary you cannot make comments on it like this PHOTO-OP today. BUT the Obama Haters get to slam everything Obama does. That with the fact that CNN is boosting all of her ads is pretty telling.

    May 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Donovan

    This is simply more of the same from Nobama, and its the reason
    why he will lose the Genreal before it starts...like already.

    His opposition is not Bush, nor should he rely on his opposition to the War. Nobama is a Crack Pot, like his buddy Wright, and that is exactly
    his method of operation in this election, and I can not believe the people and especailly the media who fall for this.

    Donovan

    May 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. raf

    Dana Perino's claims are flat-out wrong. Here is a quote from Bush's speech on May 1, 2003, underneath that banner:

    "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

    How could that possibly be referring just to the sailors on that particular ship?

    May 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. rice, bryan

    how many of the 28% of the bush supporters are on here, must be all of them. the reason i know that is that there isn't one intelligent person saying anything of importance. that must be the party line. look, stupidity isn't something to be proud of, try and not look and sound like bush. i know the pill poppin' limbaugh has filled the small cavity above your shoulders with crap, but don't throw it back up. being scared into a vote 8, and 4 years is just plain silly. 28% against 72%, i wonder where this race is headed, bye-bye gop.

    May 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    "Mission Accomplished" - what a joke!

    May 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. priscilla from new jesey

    he shouldnt even be able to comment because he still dont know what he is saying mission accomplished is some bs because bush knew he had all this time to do something. so i dont believe there is a so called mission accomplished. we still lost alot of soldiers. we need to bring them home now.

    May 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. obama supporter

    mcsain a joke
    obama
    yes we can

    May 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Milwaukee for Obama

    No. leaders should lead by example. If Hillary does not want to follow simple rules like the ones laid by the DNC, how will she follow rules laid by the congress? She cannot be the president and all this hype of polls is to mislead people.

    May 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. obama supporter

    nicklas
    you are so right quenn hillay may cry if they post her skeltons and there are many
    talk about bias

    May 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. obama supporter

    wow all the obama haters
    what a pissy joke

    May 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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