Donald Trump defends use of 'mission accomplished' phrase for Syria strike

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

"Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military". Could not have had a better result, ' Trump wrote.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses. Nikki Haley on the other hand, the USA ambassador in the United Nations, said that the United States remains, in a direct warning to Assad and his supporters against using chemical weapons. "We are confident that all of our missiles reached their targets".

If the USA genuinely cared about the Syrian people over its regional power aspirations, then its anti-chemical weapons policy would have been consistent. "I would say there's still a residual element of the Syrian programme that's out there", he said. "I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it".

The Syrian government is believed to have been responsible for dropping a barrel bomb with chemical agents on a civilian population near Damascus a week ago.

A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.

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At a news conference at the Pentagon after Trump announced the operation Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as a "one-time shot" and "a little over double the weapons" used by the Trump administration when it carried out a similar assault in April 2017 that consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Experts warned the strikes could escalate tensions with Russian Federation and Iran if any of their troops became casualties in the retaliatory attack.

And yet McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. There's no reason to think this one won't after the first one didn't. "The next one you get, the next chance to roll the dice and kill a Russian".

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression". The resolution did not pass.

'It's about the last thing Trump should have said - take my word on this, ' Wallace said. The question of whether Assad is likely to use chemical weapons again requires a closer look into the Syrian government's, and its allies, strategic objectives in the country, region and the world. "When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red line", Haley said. 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 the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

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