'Mission Accomplished': How the Media Covered the Bush Pronouncement 5 Years Ago – and its Aftermath "Mission Accomplished", a military phrase associated with completing a mission, is in recent years particularly associated with a sign displayed on the USS Abraham Lincoln during a televised address by United States President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003. Bush stated at the time that this was the end to major combat operations in Iraq. While this statement did coincide with an end to the conventional phase of the war, Bush's assertion — and the sign — became controversial after guerilla warfare in Iraq increased during the Iraqi insurgency. The vast majority of casualties, among both coalition (approximately 96% as of November 2007) and Iraqi combatants, and among Iraqi civilians, have occurred after the speech. Due to this fact, "Mission Accomplished" is now a winged word for uncompleted operations with an unclear ending. *******end. This particular birthday cake has 4072 dead soldiers adorning it this year. 1000 more will be added to next years republican celebration as the US military averages 1000 killed per year in Iraq. Hopefully, our goverment will find a way out and put an end to this ugly chapter in American history. Peace.