The mission needs definition

Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11:24 p.m.
You are quite correct in your editorial of Jan. 12 to ask how we can know when the "mission is accomplished." But I would first ask: What is the mission?
Rather than trying to guess what would indicate accomplishment, it is the mission that seems to need definition.
Certainly, none of the stated missions has been accomplished, but some unstated ones that have been are: Accelerating America's dependence on foreign oil, increasing profits for Halliburton and many other military contractors, getting President Bush re-elected, terrifying the American people, encouraging global warming, killing off the poor by making them choose between eating and buying medication, forcing future abuse victims to be born, squelching our Bill of Rights and moving us toward a theocratic form of government.
I fear the reason the mission will never be accomplished is that if it were, the Bush administration would have to return America to ordinary Americans.
Wendy Wenner Busk, Gainesville

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