Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Truth About 'Mission Accomplished'

LARRY KING: We're back with Bob Woodward. The book "State of Denial." Tell us about Rumsfeld talking about Mission Accomplished banner on the ship.

BOB WOODWARD: This is May 1st, 2003, the very famous speech the president gave on the aircraft carrier, the Kennedy. You know there was that sign, Mission Accomplished. And I asked Rumsfeld about it and said he was -- Rumsfeld was in Baghdad and they sent him an advanced copy of the speech. And he said, I almost died because mission accomplished was in the speech. And he said, I got it out of the speech but I didn't get the sign down. Now they've always put out the story that it was the Navy that put up the sign. And there's the secretary of defense saying it was in the speech.

Of course, for years now, the White House has been saying they had nothing to do with that banner. That it was put up by the *crew* of the Kennedy. (Why do the soldiers always take the fall for these draft dodging sons of bitches?)


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