“A perfectly executed strike last night,” Trump bragged on Twitter early Saturday. “Mission Accomplished!”
In May of 2003, then President George W. Bush declared victory in the Iraq War below a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
President Trump’s choice of words did not go unnoticed, with many commentators focused upon how President W. Bush came to regret his photo-op as the war dragged on for years.
Here are a selection of some of the best comments:
Mission Accomplished?! You mean like this pic.twitter.com/k6maPMhLHh
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 14, 2018
I think there is a banner he can borrow https://t.co/2eAq1DVuSN
— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) April 14, 2018
Mission Accomplished. Scooter Libby. John Bolton.
We’re going to party like it’s 2003… https://t.co/HBmlHm0UeE
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) April 14, 2018
What happens when history repeats but it was farce the first time?
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 14, 2018
Never ever say “Mission Accomplished”. https://t.co/LhIjZEWq4b
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) April 14, 2018
Oh man. "Mission accomplished." A phrase George W. Bush used in 2003, and later came to regret because it conveyed the wrong message, that the Iraq war was over. https://t.co/GSHzRQbtbA
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 14, 2018
American foreign policy in three quotes:
— George W. Bush
— Donald Trump
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
— George Santayana
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) April 14, 2018
The term "mission accomplished" was ultimately damaging for Pres. George W Bush but apparently not a concern for Pres. Trump https://t.co/CXwBIqWTE4
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 14, 2018
"Mission Accomplished" is definitely a very good phrase to use about a military intervention in the Middle East https://t.co/zMYMrAcbHr
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) April 14, 2018
Saying "mission accomplished" always works out well for presidents … https://t.co/fbf8tcNt04
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 14, 2018
No-one uses this expression accidentally https://t.co/DtsHxJ2DqA
— Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) April 14, 2018
Where have I heard Mission Accomplished after bombing a Middle East country? 🧐 https://t.co/oFjV2MQSDP
— Neera Tanden 🌊 (@neeratanden) April 14, 2018
This tweet will not age well https://t.co/pyk4BgUlet
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 14, 2018
“Mission accomplished.” This guy has exactly zero self awareness. Also, it looks like he tipped off Russia. https://t.co/TBoqeXmcg2
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) April 14, 2018
The kind of person that declares Mission Accomplished after one targeted strike is the same kind of person who'd find himself forced to pay 6 figures to cover up an affair that happened a decade earlier.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 14, 2018
Um…I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words. https://t.co/h5Fl7kjea6
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 14, 2018