Thursday, May 01, 2008
"Mission Accomplished" plus 5
"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," President George W. Bush told the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003. (AP)
Now in its sixth year, the war in Iraq has claimed the lives of at least 4,058 members of the U.S. military - 3,924 of whom have died since Bush landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and standing under a "mission accomplished" banner spoke the above words. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and millions have been displaced from their homes. And there are currently more U.S. troops in Iraq than there were when Bush spoke the above words.