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Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”

Dear Leader, in his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003

Was it all just a dream? Not exactly, Pretzeldunce Chimpy McFlightsuit — U.S. launches largest Iraqi air assault since invasion. Yes, it’s all under control.

U.S. and Iraqi forces on Thursday launched the largest air assault operation since the invasion of Iraq nearly three years ago, the U.S. military said.

More than 50 aircraft are involved in Operation Swarmer, supporting more than 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops near Samarra, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

…The death toll from apparent reprisal killings rose in Baghdad when Iraqi Emergency Police said they had found 31 bodies across the capital, 25 on Wednesday and another 6 on Thursday.

Since a string of car bombings in a poor Shiite neighborhood killed at least 46 people Sunday, police have reported finding the results of grisly execution-style slayings every day. The latest discoveries came during a vehicle curfew in the capital.

More than 160 bodies have been recovered since Sunday, many found shot to death and some of which have shown signs of torture.

Left: A minibus packed with explosives blew up yesterday in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim). Right: Eleven people, most of them women and children were killed when a house was bombed during a U.S. raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday. AP Photo/Bassim Daham

I’m sure the Bushies are clicking back longingly to see the glory days of the White House aircraft carrier photo op fantasy. Here it is, right from the source, with transcript and video.


UPDATE: Scott McClellan is fumbling away at the podium at today’s briefing talking about Iraq and Iran. He look like he’s ready to go fetal position again. I had to leave the room when he uttered:

“Are we supposed to wait until a full threat materializes? Do we have to wait until there’s another 9/11?”

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