“Mission Accomplished”—Ever?

The New York Times (“Iraq Airstrikes May Continue for Months, Obama Says”) reports that,

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize [courtesy Google Images]
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
[courtesy Google Images]

 “President Obama said on Saturday that the airstrikes and humanitarian assistance drops he ordered last week in Iraq could go on for months, preparing Americans for an extended military presence in the skies there as Iraq’s leaders try to build a new government.

“‘I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,’ Mr. Obama told reporters. ‘This is going to be a long-term project.’”

“Long-term,” indeed.

Everything about the Middle East is “long-term”.

A month or two before the US invaded Iraq in A.D. 2003, Saddam Hussein warned that such invasion would result in the “mother of all wars”. Everyone laughed. Surely, lowly Iraq could not put up much of a war against the US.

A couple weeks after invading Iraq and dispensing a generous dose of “shock and awe,” President G.W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished!”


Except, as it turned out, we couldn’t solve the Iraqi problem in just weeks, and the war dragged on for another 8.5 years—until the “mission” (whatever that was—eliminate the non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction?) was seemingly “accomplished” when the American military “finally” left Iraq in December of A.D. 2011.

In retrospect, Hussein’s warning about the “mother of all wars” may’ve been exaggerated, but it was way closer to the truth than Bush’s “Mission Accomplished”.   In fact, Hussein’s description wasn’t even all that exaggerated given that the Iraq War was America’s third longest war (after Afghanistan, 13 years; and Viet Nam, almost 11 years). If Iraq wasn’t (yet) the “mother of all wars,” it might at least have been the step-mom.

Today, we’re again bombing in Iraq. This time the targets are ISIS soldiers. Is this a new “Mission” or is it just another episode of the original “Mission” (whatever that was)?

President Obama has warned again that we may be in for some “long-term” bombing that may take months rather than weeks. And, who knows, if we put some “boots on the ground,” it might even take a few more years to reach the sublime objective of a real “Mission Accomplished” (if anyone knows what the “mission” is) or, at least, a “Mission Escaped”.

Did anyone know what we were fighting for during the first 8.5 years of the Iraqi War?

Does anyone know what we’re fighting for now?

Written by: ALFRED ADASK – continue reading at ADASK’S LAW

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