President Trump Sparks Social Media Backlash With 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet
President Trump Sparks Social Media Backlash With 'Mission Accomplished' Tweet
16 April, 2018, 06:50
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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. The army mentioned there have been three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons analysis and growth website within the Damascus space, a chemical weapons storage facility close to Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a couple of miles from the second goal. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions.
"Mission Accomplished???" wrote Jim Roberts, editor-in-chief of streaming news network Cheddar.
Assad's presidential Twitter account Saturday appeared to show him unfazed by the military strikes.
During the presidency of Mr. Trump, the mission has been to defeat ISIS.
"This is not about regime change ..."
It is apparent that not even US officials are aware of what the strikes were meant to achieve, and what the USA strategy in Syria is. And now you know the full story, ' he said.
It is generally accepted that, alongside the anti-ISIS military campaign, the US and its allies are not interested in regime change in Syria.
Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.
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As of Saturday, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, Pentagon officials said.
If the US genuinely cared about the Syrian people over its regional power aspirations, then its anti-chemical weapons policy would have been consistent. However, how does the tragedy caused by chemical weapons differ from that caused by barrel-bombs, death squads, and incendiary weapons?
Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Workers on the Pentagon, mentioned the allied airstrikes "took out the center" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal. The answer is only "may be".
The US president said that "it is such a great military term, it should be brought back".
What is certain is that Assad has been punished; a message has been sent without drawing the USA closer into the conflict, but may set an important precedent.
Though officers mentioned the singular goal was Assad's chemical weapons functionality, his air drive, together with helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, had been spared.
She added that while the mission in Syria remains defeating the Islamic State, which has seen its grip weaken in the region in recent months, the USA will not allow Assad to attack "innocent Syrian people". "There is no proposal on the table at the moment for further attacks because so far thank heavens the Assad regime [has] not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack".
"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". Nevertheless, Assad has nearly won the war and much of the fiercest fighting is over, meaning the rewards for using chemical weapons are much reduced. "It was a successful mission". 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.
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