Mission Accomplished: How Wars End

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May 1, 2003: President George W. Bush declares an end to major combat operations in Iraq (Paul Morse, White House photographer).

May 1, 2003: President George W. Bush declares an end to major combat operations in Iraq (Paul Morse, White House photographer).

The declaration of “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq was famously premature. But have America’s other wars had neat or definitive endings?  In this episode, BackStory looks at prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war — both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination.

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