They say those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, but President Trump doesn’t seem to mind repeating history’s mistakes.
After news that Syria may have carried out a chemical weapons attack against its own people, the U.K. and France joined the United States in a coordinated missile strike targeting locations believed to produce and store the weapons allegedly used by the Assad regime. Following the joint military action, Trump tweeted about the missile strikes, borrowing a historically disastrous phrase from former President George W. Bush.
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
In May 2003 then-President Bush addressed troops on board the USS Abraham Lincoln with a large banner in the backdrop reading “Mission Accomplished,” but the speech marked only the beginning of the war in Iraq. It would be another eight years before U.S. finally exited Iraq.
President Bush himself later expressed regret over the phrase:
It sent the wrong message. We were trying to say something differently but, nevertheless, it conveyed a different message.
Those with memories longer than Trump’s were quick to call him out for using the phrase:
Oh holy crap “mission accomplished”? You’re even ignorant of recent history.
— Max Sparber (@maxsparber) April 15, 2018
Funny how the two worst Presidents in our history use this line.
— John Bowers (@Jbowers903) April 14, 2018
I think there is a banner he can borrow https://t.co/2eAq1DVuSN
— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 14, 2018
— scott olson (@scott_olson) April 14, 2018
— Patrick Kadas (@PatrickKadas) April 15, 2018
Famous last words. Last president to claim “mission accomplished” came to regret it. https://t.co/LLOfNOYRFd
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) April 14, 2018
It’s like we are completely ahistorical all of a sudden. Argh
— Alissa McLean (@alissakmclean) April 14, 2018
Saying “mission accomplished” always works out well for presidents … https://t.co/fbf8tcNt04
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 14, 2018
And while some began to question exactly what “mission” was accomplished…
What was the mission?
— PJC (@santafenm100) April 14, 2018
What exactly was accomplished with this strike? #RealQuestionsRealAnswersNeeded
— Sarji (@Sarji682) April 14, 2018
— Mike Crouch (@mcrouchpr) April 14, 2018
His mission was to distract America
— John Gunderson (@Gunnarthorpe) April 14, 2018
Desert Stormy Daniels!
— Darlene (@DarMV) April 14, 2018
When he said mission accomplished he was talking about changing the subject from The Mueller investigation.
— Eileen Welch (@Irish2510) April 14, 2018
Others wondered if the show of force was all for show:
Why is media not reporting the fact that trump refuses to let the children come to USA. Bomb them but refuse their children. Guess that’s o k for most Americans. Not me. So this horror goes on and on. For them and us!
— Wanda Haynie (@w_hayniebellsou) April 14, 2018
The U.S. accepted 11 (ELEVEN) Syrian refugees over the last year.
(Except below from the Trump Muslim Ban)
— Lolo ⚖️ (@L0L0mi) April 14, 2018
Preach. Let's not pretend that we care what they are doing to their citizens when we won't even help them find safety for their children.
— Tracey Murphy (@MurphyTM28) April 14, 2018
President Bush came to regret using the phrase, a key distinction between him and President Trump.
Trump regrets nothing.
— PietroNYCQns (@PietroAllar) April 14, 2018
H/T – Indy100,