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Yes, Trump’s Syrian air strike really was ‘mission accomplished’

The writers of this Associated Press article are equating President Trump’s “mission accomplished” statement with President Bush’s.

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared “Mission Accomplished” for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

“A perfectly executed strike,” Trump tweeted after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles nearly unopposed by Syrian air defenses.  “Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a “Mission Accomplished” banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down U.S. forces for years.

There’s no comparison.  The writers obviously know that this mission was to take out specific facilities with little collateral damage, and that is exactly what our forces did.  In other words, this mission was accomplished. […]

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