Between the James Comey interview, US airstrikes in Syria, and Paul Ryan’s decision to not seek reelection, John Oliver had a lot of material to work in last week’s packed news cycle, but the Last Week Tonight host was particularly stuned by President Trump‘s use of a very infamous phrase.
Trump tweeted “mission accomplished” on Saturday after a joint strike carried out by the UK, France, and the US hit the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, which was a response to the government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against a rebel-controlled town. However, George W. Bush famously printed the same phrase on a banner he draped over an aircraft carrier in 2003 after initial attacks on Iraq, despite the war actually continuing for another eight years — a gaffe that Oliver quickly pointed out.
“Look, there are those who would argue that something had to be done in response to Assad’s suspected chemical attack, but there are legitimate debates of whether Trump had the authorization to order these strikes, and whether this risks drawing us into a longer-term conflict for which we have no clear strategy,” said the HBO host. “But don’t worry on that front, because Trump has already declared ‘Mission Accomplished.’”
“What? It does not fill you with confidence to have a president who announces, ‘I know I’m repeating one of the most notorious political blunders in recent history. I meant to do it, everyone should do it, and I’m gonna do it again forever.’ I have got to say, if Trump’s intention was to descend so far into self-parody that he somehow burrowed into the Earth’s crust and came out on the other side, mission fucking accomplished.”
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