Despite all that's followed, the defining moment of George W. Bush's presidency may still be May 1, 2003, the day on which Bush, costumed in a flight suit, landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln before a red, white, and blue banner that roared "Mission Accomplished." Among liberals, that phrase was a cynical punchline, and the spectacle on the aircraft carrier proof of Bush's grand delusion—that, or his intent to delude the public. To the rest of America, though, the photo op dramatized and bolstered the "victory" version of the Iraq invasion story. It was pure theater, but if most people were aware of that, they... More >>>