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Trump: “Mission Accomplished!”

I can’t believe he tweeted that, but he did. And I’m pretty sure he didn’t run it by his speechwriters first.

Even Assad is laughing.

The Don declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Syria

The political narrative emanating from Washington, D.C., changed Friday night when The Donald launched airstrikes in Syria.

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Villagers in Tigre pledge allegiance to el Duce.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” the president said as the strikes took place.

The Don’s choice of words recalled el Duce’s statements of victory in Ethiopia over eighty years ago as well as George W. Bush victory the US-led invasion of Iraq., just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

How well did those missions serve Mussolini or Bush?

The Pentagon said Saturday the airstrikes “successfully hit every target,” rejecting claims by Moscow and Damascus that most Western missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said that “None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses.” He says there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria. The Russians and Syrians claim 71 out of 103 cruise missiles were shot down. Someone is fibbing., likley the Russkis.

Although the mission did not inlcude any of our Near Eastern allies and was not authorized by Nato, the Turkish leaderdid take our side Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday welcomed Western strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime as “appropriate” in retaliation for Damascus’ “inhumane” attacks. “We consider this operation as appropriate,” Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling party in Istanbul. With the latest operation, he said, “The regime has seen that its mounting attacks in recent days against dissidents… will not be left unanswered.”

Syrians celebrating their 'victory' after the Western strike (Photo: AP)

Syrians celebrating their ‘victory’ after the Western strike (Photo: AP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Good souls will not be humiliated,” Syrian President Bashar Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage launched early Saturday.

Meanwhile the Don said the US was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were currently planned. And, Nikki Haley, echoing John Wayne, said that the US is “locked and loaded.”

As The Don celebrates his glorious victory, Russia and Iran seem unperturbed because The Don generously avoided the Russian and Iranian facilities that back the regime.   In his trademark style, the American Don used rhetoric.  “I ask what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.”

The Syrian opposition was dispirited.  Nothing was done to defang Assad.  The facilities that were attacked were largely abandoned after the Don gave fair warning for the Syrians to get out.  This video shows the first look at the damage on the ground after the US, France and the UK launched coordinated strikes in Syria, hitting targets associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program.   Syrian and Russian sources claim that most of the missiles were intercepted.

 

 


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