PROTEST TO MARK THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF BUSH'S 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' IN IRAQ SPEECH-Andrew Stelzer05/02/06
With much of the countryâ€™s attention focused on the massive immigrants rights protests taking place Monday, the war in Iraq was temporarily off the front pages. But may 1st also marked 3 years since President Bush declared â€œmission accomplished.â€? in Iraq. On that day in 2003, wearing a flight suit, Bush pretended for TV cameras to be flying a fighter jet, and landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln warship and delivered a nationally televised speech about how major combat operations in Iraq had ended. At the time, 140 members of the US military had been killed in the war. Since then, 2,265 more have been killed. To commemorate that day, and call for an end to the war, about 10 local residents gathered at the corner of Dale Mabry and Gandy, holding signs and waving banners against Bush and the war. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer spoke to some of them.
For an on going count of US and other military deaths in Iraq, log onto www.icasualties.org . For a mainstream media tally of Iraqi deaths, log onto www.iraqbodycount.org