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The Entitled and the Enlisted

“Bush’s latest lie, blaming the USS Lincoln crew for that embarrassing “Mission Accomplished” banner that was stage-managed by his aides, isn’t surprising. The entitled always blame the enlisted.” —Joe Conason, Salon

The Banner stops Here: “Within hours after Bush pointed at those boastful sailors, his own spokesman admitted that the White House had, in fact, designed and purchased the gigantic banner. But it was all the sailors’ idea (perhaps like those letters “sent” by the soldiers in Kirkuk to their hometown papers, at the behest of their commanding officer). “We took care of the production of it,” Scott McClellan told CNN. “We have people to do those things. But the Navy actually put it up.” So the Navy is responsible for the presidential photo-op triumphalism, right?” Salon