Trump Suggests He Is Making The Phrase 'Mission Accomplished' Great Again

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The president wrote "Mission Accomplished!" in regards to the strikes coordinated by the USA, the United Kingdom and France against Syrian targets. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions.

In Damascus, Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official.

Stepping up the pressure on Syria's president, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. 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.

Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the U.S.is using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it.

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

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The morning after he ordered airstrikes to knock out chemical-weapons facilities in Syria, President Trump kicked off his Saturday tweeting with an extremely odd choice of wording.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that the strike was a success. Three sites were targeted: Barzeh research and development centre in Damascus; Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage site, west of Homs; and Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker, also west of Homs.

And yet McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. And now you know the full story, ' he said. That did not mean military strikes would continue. Democrats and others denounced Trump's use of the "Mission Accomplished" phrase as odd, incautious and premature.

A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "parts of but not the heart" of the program.

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