The Pentagon is backing President Donald Trump’s assertion that the missile strikes on Syria were “Mission Accomplished!”
Trump used the haunting political phrase “Mission Accomplished!” in a tweet Saturday morning to praise the “perfectly executed strike” against Syria. President George W. Bush famously spoke under a “Mission Accomplished” banner in 2003 when he declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over, but the war dragged on for years.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says, “It was mission accomplished.”
However, one of the stated goals of the strikes was to deter Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government from using chemical weapons again. It is too soon to know if that will be the case.
White says the strikes “were very successful. We met our objectives. We hit the sites.”
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar released a statement Saturday on the missile strikes.
“This was an inhumane attack against innocent people. The world can’t stand by and allow chemical weapons to repeatedly be used against innocents, in this instance killing dozens and injuring hundreds. The U.S./Great Britain/France’s targeted response was appropriately focused on this inhumane attack and violation of international law. Yet in several comments over the past week, the President has sounded as if he wants to greatly expand America’s military involvement in Syria. If that is true, then he needs a clear plan and strategy and must come to Congress to seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). I continue to call for an AUMF debate,” Klobuchar said.
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