Trump Shouldn't Say 'Mission Accomplished' on Syria: Ex-Bush Spokesman

16 April, 2018, 11:53 | Author: Diane Mills
  • MANDEL NGAN  AFP  Getty Images		President Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria on Friday at the White House

Today he announced via Twitter, "Mission accomplished".

Trump, in an early morning tweet, said the attacks on Syria were carried out with great "precision". It is about ISIS and deterring Assad's use of chemical weapons.

The Pentagon is backing President Donald Trump's assertion that the missile strikes on Syria were "Mission Accomplished!"

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Trump also commented on USA media reports that it is still premature to declare "Mission Accomplished" as he did in a post the previous day.

Back in 2003, a flight suit-clad President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended - just six weeks after the invasion". In a US army motion a 12 months in the past in response to a sarin gasoline assault, the Pentagon mentioned missiles took out practically 20 p.c of the Syrian air drive.

The U.S. -led operation gained broad Western assist.

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Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered a year ago had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces military strikes on Syria while delivering a statement from the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the U.S.is using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it. That did not mean military strikes would continue. But the Pentagon said the USA had "deconfliction" contacts with Russia before and after the strikes, that Syrian air defense systems had been largely ineffective, and there was no indication that Russian systems had been employed. While this round of missiles kept clear of killing Russians or Iranians, the next strike might not be so lucky, said Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Workers on the Pentagon, mentioned the allied airstrikes "took out the center" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

"There's nonetheless a residual ingredient of the Syrian program that's on the market", McKenzie mentioned, including, "I am not going to say they will be unable to proceed to conduct a chemical assault sooner or later". "I know it was attributed somehow to some ingenious advance man from my staff - they weren't that ingenious, by the way".

Syrian state TV claimed that several civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles had been intercepted by Soviet-era air-defense systems.

Iran's pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani warned that the US-led missile attacks would lead to further destruction in the Middle East, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Some of the 40 Syrian missile interceptors might have hit civilian targets, he said. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

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