Breaking News: Kerry Declares The End of the War in Iraq!
"Every week, too many American families grieve for loved ones killed in Iraq by terrorist forces that weren't even there before the invasion, many of which got their weapons from the very ammo dumps* that George Bush didn't guard after we won the war -- after we won the military part of the war."
(CNN Live Interview, September 24, 2004)
If you could hear Kerry in this interview, you would hear him catch himself after saying we won the war, but his correction really didn't change the point.  There is a difference between the end of combat and fighting terrorism after the war is over.
For over a year, and even after the above comment, John Kerry and his ilk have been excoriating the President for declaring on the Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln that the "Mission (Was) Accomplished"  Kerry said: "I will never be a president who just says, 'Mission accomplished.' I will get the mission accomplished,"
The president obviously meant that the military combat portion was over with, the same meaning that Kerry used when he said the war was over (the military part).  He really is playing politics over this war, isn't he?
President Bush - May 2, 2003 From Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln:
          "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended...We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous...The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done**. And then we will leave � and we will leave behind a free Iraq.
*Just a comment on the context of the remark about ammo dumps.  My stepson risked his life to fill those ammo dumps.  Saddam Hussein and his army had weapons stashed just about everywhere.  To suggest that our military failed to guard the ammo insults the troops, not the president.  Did he expect Mr Bush to personally guard these dumps?  The generals in charge on the ground thought the Iraqis would fight, they did not - that is why there was so much ammo laying around.
**That is our exit strategy.  We will leave when the Iraqis government asks us to.

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