Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming 'mission accomplished'

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His selection of phrases recalled an analogous declare related to President George W. Bush following the US -led invasion of Iraq.

Trump used those two words Saturday following what he said was a successful airstrike against targets related to Syria's chemical weapons program.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot", although Trump raised the prospect of further strikes if Assad's government used chemical weapons again.

"Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality", President Trump read from the podium Friday at 9:00 PM.

"Could not have had a better result", he wrote.

The words "Mission Accomplished" could be seen on a banner that was hung on the bridge of a USA aircraft carrier in May 2003 when then president George W. Bush gave a speech declaring the end of the Iraq War.

The phrase is reminiscent of Bush giving a 2003 speech declaring the end of major USA combat missions in Iraq, with a banner featuring the phrase "Mission Accomplished" displayed behind him.

Why is "mission accomplished" controversial?

"Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision, and speed, and boldness the enemy did not expect, and the world had not seen before", Bush said in his speech.

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A little over a year after that speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, the number of USA troops killed in Iraq reached 1,000.

Trump tweeting out "Mission Accomplished" won't make one missile miss or knock one USA ship off course.

"The "Mission Accomplished" sign, of course, was put up by the members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished", Bush said at a press conference.

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma later on Saturday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack on April 7.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that the strike was a success. We met our objectives. Fleischer explained Navy sailors had asked the White House if they could fly the banner to reflect their return from what was then the longest deployment in Navy history.

Three sites. Firstly, the Barzeh complex, which the United States says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

"The nuance of his remarks, however, couldn't compete with the message of this banner". But the point is plain enough, that judging what the mission accomplished needs careful assessment of what has gone before.

"But in the intervening years, even Bush has expressed regret at the tone of the speech and its backdrop". In May 2003, everyone thought the mission had been accomplished.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump wanted to do heavier damage to Assad's war machine but ultimately settled on degrading his chemical weapons capability in part because he was reminded that part of his domestic political base was opposed to the United States getting dragged deeper into the Syria quagmire.