Dems Jeer 'Iraq Victory' Anniversary

5 years after 'Mission Accomplised,' Dems put war in the spotlight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 3:15 AM CDT
In this May 1, 2003, file photo, President Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Five years ago today, President Bush bounded out of a fighter jet onto a deck of an aircraft carrier and, under a huge "Mission Accomplished" banner, boasted to cheering troops that major combat operations in Iraq had ended. As the war drags on into its sixth year, congressional Democrats are using the anniversary to highlight the administration's "arrogant" mishandling of Iraq, Politico reports.

"History books will feature the sorry 'mission accomplished' episode as the epitome of this administration’s reckless and arrogant foreign policy," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd told the House. The White House, meanwhile, repeated its story that the banner had been hung up simply to mark the end of the aircraft carrier crew's 10-month mission.