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Trump's Usage Of A Phrase Infamously Said By George W. Bush Prompts Some Savage Mockery

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

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.