Despite Trump's 'mission accomplished', questions raised over Syria strategy

Trump about strike on Syria: Mission accomplished

Trump's 'Mission Accomplished' tweet, and the premature declaration that haunted Bush

Following the recent strikes on Syria, coordinated by the U.S., France and the U.K., Trump declared "Mission Accomplished" on his Twitter account the next morning.

President George W. Bush spoke aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, with a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner over his shoulders, just two months into the Iraq War.

He added, "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'". If the strikes were meant to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again, then they would have been more widespread, targeting a far greater number of chemical and military installations, and without the substantial warning that was given. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in Might 2003 alongside a "Mission Completed" banner, simply weeks earlier than it turned obvious that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years. This was the biggest intervention by western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since war broke out in 2011, with 103 missiles being fired from ships and manned aircraft as part of a coordinated campaign.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

"None of these military actions are large enough to deter chemical-weapons use when Assad thinks it's strongly in his advantage".

The nighttime assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

"Last night, operations were very successful, we met our objectives, we hit the sites - the heart of the chem weapons program - so it was 'mission accomplished, '" White said.

Russian Federation has army forces, together with air defenses, in a number of areas of Syria to assist President Bashar Assad in his lengthy battle in opposition to anti-government rebels. Officials said this did not include giving Russian advance notice of where or when allied airstrikes would happen. "This time our allies and we have struck harder". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning. The army mentioned there have been three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons analysis and growth website within the Damascus space, a chemical weapons storage facility close to Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a couple of miles from the second goal. Using the alleged chemical attack to legitimise the use of force amongst its allies, Assad has faced retribution for his indiscriminate attacks on civilians. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

Both Russia and Iran condemned the airstrikes, with Russian military officials claiming Saturday that the Syrian military had shot down more than 70 missiles.

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

She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the USA will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people". The words, which likely left many people in the US government, congress, intelligence services and military with their heads in their hands, is ambiguous in every aspect: what was the "mission", and what does it mean for it to be "accomplished"? In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

White stood by Trump's assessment of "mission accomplished".

"We of course know our work in Syria is not done", USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

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