Greg Mitchell analyses the way our media had covered the Mission Accomplised moment

Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a — on a carrier landing. This must be very meaningful to the United States military.”

A let’s not forget Tom (“No two countries that both have a McDonald’s have ever fought a war against each other”) Friedman’s new baby

Friends, whether you like or hate how and why we got into this war, the fact is America — you and I — has assumed responsibility for rebuilding Iraq. We are talking about one of the biggest nation-building projects the U.S. has ever undertaken, the mother of all long hauls. We now have a 51st state of 23 million people. We just adopted a baby called Baghdad — and this is no time for the parents to get a divorce. Because raising that baby, in the neighborhood it lives in, is going to be a mammoth task.

And watch him on the Charlie Rose Show on that day of infamy explaining that the war was necessary in order to demonstrate that America had the balls to fight terrorism (my summary).

And since I’m in an anti-Friedmanism mood, I draw your attention to this golden oldie: Tom Friedman’s Flexible Deadlines.