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Friday, November 2, 2012

Amazing Anniversary Coincidence: Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech AND Obama's bin Laden death announcement.

Talk about an amazing anniversary coincidence from toptenz.net:  

May 1, 2003- Mission Accomplished?

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May 1, 2003-George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq. Visible in the background was a banner stating “Mission Accomplished.” 
The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by the United States under President George W. Bush and the United Kingdom under Prime Minister Tony Blair. Two months after the war started, on May 1, 2003 following the speech, the image above became internationally recognized. Bush was criticized for suggesting the war was over, when in fact it was just beginning.

The controversy surrounding the speech and the banner made video clips and pictures of the speech famous. As criticism mounted, the White House released a statement saying that they didn't mean to imply the Iraq War was over. Pentagon said the banner referred to the aircraft carrier’s 10-month deployment and not the war itself. The banner and picture have come to symbolize the irony of the President giving a victory speech only a few weeks after the beginning of a relatively long war. 

May 1, 2011- Mission Accomplished!

May 1, 2011, exactly eight years after the speech, President Barack Obama announced
that U.S. Navy SEALs had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. 

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