Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria

  • Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria

Trump defends 'mission accomplished' statement after strike on Syria

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 gave his speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier a little more than a month after U.S. troops were deployed to Iraq, and it would soon become clear that the mission was, in fact, not accomplished.

"I'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future, but I suspect that they'll think long and hard about it based on the activities of last night", the lieutenant general said.

The words "Mission Accomplished" were famously displayed on a banner behind President Bush in an address from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2003, in which he prematurely declared the end to major combat operations in Iraq.

"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" Trump said on Twitter on Sunday.

However, Syria claimed that 110 missiles were launched in the strikes, and the country's defense systems intercepted majority.

President Bush addressed sailors on board a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that tied down U.S. forces for years. Instead, a coordinated and prolonged campaign to militarily destroy ISIS has been the focus of the US intervention, and Trump has vowed to withdraw the USA from the conflict once this has been achieved; to the dismay of many of his military advisors.

Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded". Mattis said that no follow-up strikes are planned, adding that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian and Syrian civilians nearby. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties". The stated objective of America's military presence in Syria remains the defeat of the Islamic State. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. He has continued to rail against the war while in office, and his supposed aversion to becoming entangled in unwinnable foreign conflicts led him to declare, just a few days ago, that he wanted to pull all US troops out of Syria. 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.

Former Bush White House staffers tweeted that Trump should have avoided the phrase. What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.