While describing Saturday's missile strikes in Syria as a "mission accomplished", US President Donald Trump warned that America and its allies would not hesitate to take further action should the "barbaric" Assad regime use chemical weapons again on its foes. Could not have had a better result.
Trump's United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said she spoke with the president yesterday morning and he reiterated that American forces wouldn't hesitate to strike if Assad used chemical weapons again.
"The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorization for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement Friday night.
A banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" loomed in the background as Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, a claim belied by the years of hard fighting that followed.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.
In his televised tackle from the White Home on Friday night, Trump mentioned the US was ready to maintain financial, diplomatic and army stress on Assad till the Syrian chief ends what Trump referred to as a prison sample of killing his personal folks with internationally banned chemical weapons.
Russian Federation called an emergency meeting of the United Nation's Security Council to introduce a resolution condemning the "aggression" of the joint strike from U.S., British and French forces.
A former officer in Syria's chemical program, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint U.S., British, and French strikes hit "parts of but not the heart" of the program. The U.N. Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.
Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".
The U.S. -led operation gained broad Western assist.
A US official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.
"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one USA official.
McKenzie mentioned 105 U.S. and allied missiles had been fired, of which 66 had been Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.
A worldwide chemical warfare watchdog group, the Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, mentioned its fact-finding mission would go as deliberate in Douma.
"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".