“Mission Accomplished” down the Memory Hole

The White House website crops the “Mission Accomplished” banner out of the video of Bush’s carrier-flight-deck speech.


I’ll stop calling these folks “Orwellian” when they stop using Nineteen-Eighty-Four as their operations manual.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

4 thoughts on ““Mission Accomplished” down the Memory Hole”

  1. My first thought was that the bottom of the screen is where you'd expect station identification from the feed would be, and that they were probably blocking that out. Dunno…

  2. I've seen a slashdot guy saying the same thing as "Q," as do commenters at the linked site.

  3. They may or may not have cut it out, but they did choose to broadcast a feed without the "Mission Accomplished" banner, something they have been salivating at making sure the public knew for the longest time. Perhaps the administration is finally seeing that hardly anything was accomplished and are trying to distance themselves from the idea that they thought something ever was.

  4. The video compares videos from two different camera feeds. The backgrounds of the compared videos are totally different. They are so different I can't see how they can be honestly confused as the same feed.

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