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Ex-Bush spokesman to Trump: I would not have declared 'mission accomplished'

17 April 2018
Ex-Bush spokesman to Trump: I would not have declared 'mission accomplished'

"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. "I knew they would seize on this but felt it is".

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Completed" for a USA -led allied missile assault on Syria's chemical weapons program, however the Pentagon mentioned the pummeling of three chemical-related services left sufficient others intact to allow the Assad authorities to make use of banned weapons in opposition to civilians if it chooses. Of course, many recalled President George W. Bush's ill-advised 2003 declaration months into the Iraq War.

President Trump had announced to the American people that he had launched strikes on Syria, with the help of France and the United Kingdom, after a whole week threatening retaliation for the chemical weapons attack in Douma.

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.

Syria's chief allies, Russian Federation and Iran, called the use of force by the United States, Britain and France a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis after years of civil war.

"Could not have had a better result", the president concluded.

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad's foreign allies. "Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons can not go unanswered", he said. Jennifer Cafarella, the senior intelligence planner at the Institute for the Study of War, explained: "The strikes will reaffirm President Trump's commitment to deterring chemical weapons use but will not solve the Syria problem". A Pentagon official admitted that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has a "residual" chemical weapons capability, even after the strikes.

Mattis said Friday there were no reports of US losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault. In addition to the comment that Pence made, he also stated that the expressions that our President gave us yesterday morning were a strong proclamation that the mission he gave to our military, of destroying the main elements that create their chemical weapons infrastructure, was accomplished. Either the president's grasp of history exceeded his intellectual reach, or he was deliberately mocking a previous commander-in-chief who immersed America in a debilitating Middle Eastern war with no clear objective.

"One strike does not make for a strategy in an extended campaign to put pressure on Assad and Putin not to do this again", he said.

The US, UK and France then circulated a new draft resolution to Security Council members, calling for an independent investigation into Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Mr. Assad resorted to the use chemical weapon of chlorine gas to oppress the people of his country (some speculate he may have also used some of the chemical weapons he allegedly forfeited).

At Russia's request, the United Nations said its security council will hold an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.