A New York Times article on the Bush administration's attempt to hire a "war czar" reported that national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley "is interviewing candidates, including military generals," for the "new high-profile job," but not that several retired generals have reportedly turned the administration down. At least three retired four-star generals have reportedly declined to be considered for the position, and The Washington Post has reported that one of the generals declined because those in the Bush administration currently in charge of the Iraq war's conduct "don't know where the hell they're going."
Patty Culhane reported the White House's claim that in President Bush's speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, Bush "never said the words 'mission accomplished.' " However, slightly more than a month later, Bush told U.S. troops in Qatar that "America sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat and to liberate an oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished."
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Glenn Beck stated that an alleged incident in which a protester supposedly spit "at the ground near" a wounded Iraq war veteran -- Beck asserted that the veteran was "spit on" -- was a "reminder to all of us about a promise we made to ourselves, or should have" and repeatedly suggested that the incident echoed similar actions toward Vietnam War veterans returning to the United States," despite contradictory accounts of the incident and a lack of evidence that similar incidents did, in fact, occur during the Vietnam War.