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On May 3, 2003, then-President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq, a "Mission Accomplished" banner prominently displayed behind him. In a December 2010 paper, Baker Institute history fellow Douglas Brinkley explores the realities that belie Bush"s premature evaluation of a mission that, more than seven years later, has yet to end.

Read the rest of Brinkley"s "Nine Years Later" series on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath: