Here’s how John Ashcroft signed off as Attorney General:

The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.

Obviously this is just wrong. If that were the case, we would have never even had a 9/11. And as far as I know, crime still exists. But more importantly, doesn’t this diverge from the accepted Republican talking points? If those goals were already achieved, why did the President campaign on the idea that we faced a dangerous ongoing fight against terrorism that still threatens our very existence?