Mission accomplished? Hannity falsely boasted that Bush already successful in "winning two wars"August 5, 2004 3:26 PM EDT ››› ANDREW SEIFTER
In an August 3 interview with former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command Tommy Franks, FOX News Channel host Sean Hannity credited President George W. Bush with "winning two wars". Hannity was apparently referring to the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, which were both initially led by General Franks, but both campaigns are still ongoing.
According to a CNN tally, there have been 1,043 coalition deaths in the war in Iraq, including 921 Americans. Since Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq in front of a "Mission Accomplished" sign aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, there have been 765 American deaths; 55 of those deaths were in July 2004 alone.
On August 4, The Washington Post reported, "Afghan troops backed by U.S. warplanes killed as many as 70 guerrillas in a day-long battle near the Pakistani border" on August 3; on July 29, CNN reported that "a British parliamentary committee has warned that Afghanistan is likely to 'implode, with terrible consequences' unless more troops and resources are sent to calm the country."