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.
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:
And while some began to question exactly what "mission" was accomplished...
Others wondered if the show of force was all for show:
President Bush came to regret using the phrase, a key distinction between him and President Trump.
H/T - Indy100,
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