Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Mission Accomplished!' But what is the mission in Syria?

'Mission Accomplished!' But what is the mission in Syria?

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.

President trump added he knew the media would seize on the phrase, but said it's a great military term and should be used often.

Prime Minister Theresa May said, per CNN, she had "authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

"It's obviously too late and I get the symbolism that came back to bite us months later when the war turned and the insurrection grew, but there is an interesting back story to the "Mission Accomplished" story", Fleischer began.

Before the United States launched their airstrikes in Syria, they did not reach the Damascus suburb of Douma where the attack took place.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", he wrote.

Early this morning, April 14, Trump took to Twitter to comment on the attacks.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 13, 2018, on the USA response to chemical attacks in Syria.

As the Iraq War continued for years after the Bush administration's declaration, the photo was used to symbolize that mess.

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Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response meant to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again, but which was unlikely to change his grip on power. Could not have had a better result.

Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine military.

"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.

Syrian allies, Iran and Russian Federation have condemned the action, with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov insisting the chemical attack was staged, and claiming the West can't prove otherwise.

Trump said he wants to strip that historical baggage.

Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, backed Trump's remark throughout a briefing on the in a single day bombing raid of the Syrian targets. He said the US knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

Trump said on Friday that the United States was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

In light of the phrase's history and the current state of things, was Trump's use of "Mission Accomplished" appropriate?

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