"So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a statement backed the strikes, saying they "will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".
But the war in Iraq raged on for more than eight years after Bush made the statement. And, Hill believes this missile attack adds to the mess which includes strained relations with Russian Federation as it backs al-Assad.
Trump: 'Mission Accomplished!' "Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality". He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.
Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said his country regretted that the strikes came "at a time when the global community was waiting for an inquiry team to be sent to verify" the chemical arms claims.
That in turn raises the question of where Western countries go from here, after a volley of strikes denounced by Damascus and Moscow as at once both reckless and pointless.
"This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, countered that Russia's track record of vetoing Security Council resolutions created to rein in the Assad government had given the Syrian leader "a green light" for the use of "barbaric weapons". "Last night's operations were very successful".
"Assad has established himself as a user of chemical weapons" from past attacks, the official added. He said if the US and its allies were serious about making a change, they could have interfered years ago.
The United States, Britain and France took military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Douma a week ago that killed at least 40 people.
Two other chemical weapons facilities near Homs were targeted, the Pentagon said.
Another official said, "We have incontrovertible evidence from the photos" that chemical weapons were used and it was "clear to the global community". Syrian President Bashar Assad's government denies responsibility.
The allied strikes drew immediate condemnation from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russian Federation, who accused the U.S., France and Britain of violating Syria's sovereignty and violating global law. In a calculated show of defiance, the presidency posted a video showing Mr Assad apparently turning up for work following the attacks.