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'Mission Accomplished'? But What Exactly Is the Mission at Syria?

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President Trump arrives to announce military strikes on Syria as new national security adviser John Bolton follows behind at the White House

To be sure, Trump and Bush had different missions to accomplish.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

"I didn't think I could be shocked by a tweet anymore but "mission accomplished" was so surprising I had to double check that it was not a spoof", said Sen.

It was an unusual choice of phrase, given that George Bush notoriously posed in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner - six weeks into the failed American invasion of Iraq. He appeared under a banner reading, "Mission Accomplished", but never used that exact phrase in the address. While semantics come into play here, the United States is simply not yet finished with Syria so long as the genocidal strongman Bashir al-Assad remains in power.

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.

"We took action and what happens next is the decision of Assad".

Allied missiles struck at the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, aiming to punish the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deter the possible future use of such banned weapons. "We were trying to say something differently but, nevertheless, it conveyed a different message".

Veterans of Washington policymaking in the Middle East offered conditional praise for Trump's restrained approach to the strike, if not necessarily his more bellicose rhetoric.

Meanwhile, Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are due to begin work at the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma just outside Damascus.

"There's nonetheless a residual ingredient of the Syrian program that's on the market", McKenzie mentioned, including, "I am not going to say they will be unable to proceed to conduct a chemical assault sooner or later".

'What should we do about Syria?' is a question few - if any - will have an answer.

Others argued that the strike was a waste that accomplished little and, in the process, exceeded the president's authority as commander in chief since he did not obtain authorisation from Congress first. He dismissed National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in favor of John Bolton, who aggressively backed war with Iraq while serving under Bush, and who has urged preemptive attacks on Iran and North Korea. "The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless", Bush said. (And many outside it are certain to be hoping they do.) But though critics are complaining that the White House has no serious strategy on Syria-and despite some mixed messages coming from the administration itself-the mission in this case does seem to have been, quite particularly, specifically defined.

By most accounts, the strike essentially left in place the status quo on the ground.

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