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Iranian offer to negotiate with the US harshly rebuffed
CIA review of falsified Iraqi intelligence

Bush gives "Mission Accomplished" speech
Bush aboard the carrier
Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

"At the age of four with paper hats and wooden swords, we're all generals. Only some of us never grow out of it." -- Peter Ustinov

"[The Bush administration] believed we would find an oil-rich, functioning country, that we'd be met by cheering crowds, that all we had to do was sweep out the top Baathist layers, implant our favorite exiles and watch democracy take root as the bulk of the troops returned home by Christmas." -- Senator Joseph Biden, September 2003

"Now that the combat phase of the war in Iraq is officially over, what begins is a debate throughout the entire US government over America's unrivaled power and how best to use it." -- CBS reporter Joie Chen on May 4, quoted by Dave Zweifel