The strikes where aimed at Syrian chemical weapons assets…
The United States and European allies launched strikes against Syrian targets, President Trump announced on Friday, seeking to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus that killed more than 40 people.
Mr. Trump said Britain and France had joined the United States in the strikes, which he said were underway.
“These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead,” Mr. Trump, in a televised nighttime address from the White House Diplomatic Room, said of the Syrian attacks last weekend that he blamed on Mr. Assad.
He said the strikes of precision weapons sought to deter the production, spread and use of chemical weapons, which he called “a vital national security interest of the United States.”
“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Mr. Trump said.
The strikes risked pulling the United States deeper into the complex, multi-sided war in Syria from which Mr. Trump only last week said he wanted to withdraw. They also raised the possibility of confrontation with Russia and Iran, both of which have military forces in Syria to support Mr. Assad.
In choosing to strike, it appeared that Mr. Trump’s desire to punish Mr. Assad for what he called a “barbaric act” — and make good on his tweets promising action this week — outweighed his desire to limit the United States’ military involvement in the conflict, at least in the short term….
The US isn’t leavcing Syria….
Will the Syria story blunt the Comey one?
Knucklehead Trump makes another mistake
Using Bush II’s words
He cited …. ‘Mission Acomplished’ with The Syria attacks….
This will haunt him
GWB never used those words and the actual words he used in the speech were of course quite contradictory.
Actually you are right now that I think about it…
It was the banner….
No Bush never said the words, “Mission Accomplished,” he just strutted across the deck of an aircraft carrier under a banner that screamed the words.
Bush himself even admitted the banner was a bad idea, a bad idea because the mission is ongoing.
I wish he had admitted the war was a mistake in the first place. A war that destabilized an entire region and killed thousands — and created at least two terrorist organizations.
Democratic Socialist Dave says
Judge for yourself. I’m more inclined to the view that the optics created by over-eager acolytes looking to the 2004 election were not consonant with George W. Bush’s actual words, although with his flying in and his flight suit, he certainly consciously aided the cognitive dissonance. Here’s the text (several videos can also be Googled or Binged):
As I was listening live to the speech, my thoughts were that contrary to Mission Accomplished, the Allies’ tasks and problems in Iraq had just begun.
And because of huge errors in conception, preparation, and initial measures, George W. Bush, Don Rumsefeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Cheney, John Bolton, Douglas Feith, Gen. Franks, and Paul Bremer (cheered on by idiotic right-wing Israeli hawks) succeeded in creating a nightmare that couldn’t have been more contrary to their own purposes — an Iranian satellite in Iraq, a stronger Iran, a weaker U.S., a weakened war against the Taliban, disruption of the Western Alliance (e.g. Tony Blair’s resignation), a clear path to the current catastrophe in Syria and a far-more-vulnerable Israel.
Colin Powell….’You break it You own it’….
Substitude the You for WE….