Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Trump mocked for 'Mission Accomplished!' tweet

Trump mocked for 'Mission Accomplished!' tweet

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" to describe a USA -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing US troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, "A perfectly executed strike last night".

Either Trump doesn't remember Bush's "mission accomplished" disaster or he doesn't care.

In an announcement, Trump said the attack was underway in retaliation for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons on rebel-held areas of the country.

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

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In May 2003, President 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.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.

"To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region", Republican Senator John McCain said in a statement after the latest strikes.

The strikes "efficiently hit each goal", White instructed reporters on the Pentagon.

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

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

Trump's tweet Saturday appeared to be referring to the success of the strike, but whether or not the Assad regime will be deterred from using chemical weapons remains to be seen.

"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". "The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless", Bush said. 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. He mentioned the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike with out ready for worldwide inspectors to finish their go to to the world.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was little doubt the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals at Douma.

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