Trump's 'Mission Accomplished' tweet brings up bad memories



WASHINGTON, Niels C Sorrells (dpa)- President Donald Trump's decision to tweet "Mission Accomplished!" following a US-led airstrike against Syria in retaliation for chemical weapons attacks prompted some furrowed brows on Saturday.
"Um ... I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words," Ari Fleischer, press secretary under former US president George W Bush, wrote on Twitter.



Bush famously stood on an aircraft carrier under a banner with the phrase "Mission Accomplished" in 2003 - shortly after US forces ousted former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein - and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
The security situation in Iraq degenerated over subsequent years, prompting the US to send in significantly more troops for a costly occupation that lasted more than a decade.
The banner "came back to bite us months later when the war turned and the insurrection grew" and became a "symbol of what went wrong," Fleischer wrote as part of a series of tweets explaining the historical context.
Bush fielded heavy criticism for the gaffe, and the White House later said the president had been referring to one specific carrier's mission, rather than the entire US mission in Iraq.
Democrat Brian Schatz, a United States senator from Hawaii, wrote on Twitter that he "didn't think I could be shocked by a tweet anymore but 'mission accomplished' was so surprising I had to double check that it was not a spoof."
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Saturday, April 14th 2018
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