The morning after Donald Trump ordered air strikes against Syria mixed reactions are coming in from around the world. Just 11 hours after the strikes Trump echoed a statement George W. Bush infamously used back in 2003 to describe the military situation in Iraq, “Mission Accomplished.” It’s a phrase that came back to haunt Bush, but Trump apparently thought it was appropriate today.
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
Syrian State TV is reporting a different story saying several of the missiles were intercepted.
Damascus is shrugging off the US strikes, which turned out to be more limited than feared. People are dancing in the streets, waving Assad’s portrait & saying Trump has failed. With @leloveluck https://t.co/GcoQic7IeH
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) April 14, 2018
Assad wasn't targeted. His air force remains intact. US efforts taken to prevent escalation with Russia. So the message seems to be that the Syrian regime can continue its war and Assad still gets to win, just not by using chemical weapons. https://t.co/KB8pjDVjqw
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) April 14, 2018
The big opposition today is coming from Russia where president Vladimir Putin is condemning the attack. An official statement from Putin reads, in part:
“Through its actions, the US makes the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and brings suffering to civilians. In fact, the US panders to the terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years, leading to a wave of refugees fleeing this country and the region.
The current escalation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of international relations.”
“Russia will convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions by the US and its allies.”
Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations released a statement saying:
“I have been following closely the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom. There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with international law in general. The UN Charter is very clear on these issues. The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility. I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.”
“UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday that British strikes against Syria as part of a coalition alongside France and the United States have no legal basis.
“You could only do it under the basis of self-defense – if there was a direct threat to us, and there wasn’t,” Corbyn told reporters.”
Meanwhile, if Trump was watching Fox News last night he may not have been happy with some of their most prominent anchor’s opinions on the strike in Syria, most expressed their opposition.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 14, 2018