About “Mission Accomplished!”

Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq is the definitive collection — systematically categorized, indexed, and footnoted for your convenience — of authoritative misinformation, disinformation, misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies, about the Iraq War.

“Never before has such a large and diverse group of experts been so unanimously in favor of a particular national policy as they were in the case of the U.S. invasion of Iraq,” note Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, who, as co-founders of the Institute of Expertology, the nation’s leading purveyor of expertise on expertise, were uniquely qualified to assemble this impressive collection. “In the face of such a consensus, we had no choice but to ask ourselves, ‘Could the iron law of expertology — the experts are never right — be wrong?'”

At once an entertainment, a cautionary tale, a critique of mass media, a reference tool, and a postwar manifesto, Mission Accomplished! presents, as no book has before, the collective wisdom of all those who are presumed to know what they talking about on the subject of America’s adventure in Iraq. As this hilarious, yet depressing, volume demonstrates, they don’t.


“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”

— President George W. Bush, May 2, 2003

“[Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces.”

— L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, November 17, 2003

“Military action will not last more than a week.”

— Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, January 23, 2003

“I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.”

— President George W. Bush, at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, December 10, 2001 




2 responses to “About “Mission Accomplished!”

  1. Jerry Villela


    I enjoyed your excellent book, “Mission Accomplished! Or how we won the war in Iraq”. I may have missed the citation in your book, but I looked through the book several times and could not find the quote by President Bush regarding his “Bring’em on” remark for which he later apologized. I believe that is one of the most important quotes of the war. I saw the page where “Bring’em on” was used as a chapter heading, but if I missed the full citation, could you refer me to the page number or if it was not included, why was it not included?

    Kind regards,
    Jerry Villela
    Las Vegas, NV

  2. Jerry, you’re (unfortunately for us) absolutely right! The “Bring ’em on” quote was originally included in our manuscript, but, when we decided to make Bob Grossman’s illustration for it a chapter heading, it was inadvertently expunged. (You see, even authors and copy editors can be experts!) Here, for the record, is Bush’s full quote:

    “There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there [in Iraq]. My answer is bring ’em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”

    Bush said this at a White House press conference on Wednesday, July 3, 2003.

    We’ll be re-inserting this into our book in the next printing, thanks to you, Jerry. We’re grateful you caught our error.

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