After that, through HW Bush and Clinton, there were other things going on (Kosovo during Clinton was notable) but not much in the middle east in this way. So, our expectations as Americans were: “We can do computerized strikes and the long wars are forever over!” Then: 2001, 9/11. Then: W Bush does a thing, says “Mission Accomplished.” We all believed it. Just like people are believing Trump now. But the time Obama said it? Middle east was still messy and nobody believed it.

After that, through HW Bush and Clinton, there were other things going on (Kosovo during Clinton was notable) but not much in the middle east in this way.

So, our expectations as Americans were: “We can do computerized strikes and the long wars are forever over!”

Then: 2001, 9/11.
Then: W Bush does a thing, says “Mission Accomplished.”

We all believed it.

Just like people are believing Trump now.

But the time Obama said it? Middle east was still messy and nobody believed it.

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