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The White House's recent explanation for the "Mission Accomplished" banner displayed behind President Bush when he gave his speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln back in 2003 is that the banner only meant that the sailors aboard the aircraft carrier had accomplished their mission in the assault on Iraq.
In other words, the public's interpretation of the banner that the war had been won was a misunderstanding. But who really misunderstood - Bush and his supporters, the public, or those who criticized Bush for starting this war in the first place?
The current conditions in Iraq, and in the United States, leave little doubt as to who misunderstood.