Iraq Anniversary

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- On the fourth anniversary of his so-called "Mission Accomplished" speech, President Bush is heading to U-S Central Command headquarters today to huddle with commanders running the Iraq War.

Bush never used the words "mission accomplished," but that was the banner he spoke under, and Bush used the speech to declare an end to major combat in Iraq.

Four years later, that aircraft carrier speech is a touchstone for critics of the war.

The anniversary coincides with the day that Congress sends the president a funding bill that would order troops to begin withdrawing later this year. It's expected Bush will veto the bill tomorrow, then meet with congressional leaders on how to resolve the impasse over funding for the war.

The White House says the president doesn't intend to mention the anniversary during his visit to U-S Central Command and says it's just coincidence they're meeting today.


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