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Photo Op Official Resigns…

June 27, 2009 flyover

June 27, 2009 flyover

"Mission Accomplished," 2004

"Mission Accomplished," May 1, 2003

Less than two weeks after authorizing a flyover by an Air Force One backup for a photo opportunity that panicked some New Yorkers, director of the White House Military Office Louis Caldera submitted his resignation.

If only after Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” photo op leaders had been forced to resign and punished for misleading an entire country–first to go to war, then that the war was won.

Unlike a simple flyover, the photo ops that helped lead to tens of thousands of deaths went largely unchallenged. As one of Bush’s senior advisers, in a 2002 discussion with journalist Ron Suskind, stated, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality….We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

A heavy curtain has fallen on “history’s actors”–one that now needs to be opened in order to study and explore just what was hidden by the various photo ops. We should take this adviser’s lead and, as he or she imperiously suggested, “study what we do.” And there should be consequences for those responsible.

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