Saturday, April 14, 2018
President Donald Trump declared "Mission Accomplished!" hours after joint strikes on Syria by the U.S. and key allies, inviting immediate comparisons to President George W. Bush's early, misplaced optimism about the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. "A perfectly executed strike last night," Trump said in a Twitter message. "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!"
The words "Mission Accomplished" were famously displayed on a banner behind President Bush in an address from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2003, in which he prematurely declared the end to major combat operations in Iraq. Ari Fleischer, Bush's press secretary at the time of the speech, said on Twitter that "Um ... I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words."
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