In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s unilateral – read: without congressional approval – strike on Syrian chemical weapons targets, Trump took to Twitter with a characteristically self-congratulatory message.
The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term “Mission Accomplished.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
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The president can’t let a day go by without attacking the so-called “Fake News Media,” but this is the first time he’s admitted to actually baiting the media with his use of language that he already knew would be subject to criticism.
He did, however, single-handedly trigger a massive wave of anxiety in the American public with his offhand suggestion that the “Military” term “Mission Accomplished” would be used often going forward.
With his reliably inconsistent foreign policy that has him saying American troops will be withdrawing from Syria one week and then initiating a major bombing campaign the next, the idea that there will be more military missions to accomplish will leave both his isolationist, “America First” base and the anti-military progressives dreading the news of the next un-authorized attack that the president may make.
The only mission that the majority of Americans want to see Trump accomplish is a return to normal standards of behavior and ethics in the White House. That, unfortunately, is not even on the president’s to-do list and likely will never be with this particular president in office.
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