Jack Keane: We Should Tell the Russians Every Military Base in Syria Is Vulnerable
HEMMER: "A year ago you've got tomahawk missiles flying into an air base in Syria at 4:00 in the morning. I would imagine that’s not the response that will happen this time. What will?"
KEANE: "Yeah. Well, this time is going to be considerably more challenging and more complicated for a couple of reasons. First of all, that was a retribution measured attack on one airfield, the airfield that originated the chemical attack. And the purpose of it was to deter Assad from ever using chemical weapons again. Well, that didn’t work. What's going to work? The only thing that's left to us now because we know we can’t deter him is we have to take away his capability to deliver chemical weapons, and take the chemical weapons away itself. What does that really mean? All fixed wing aircraft destroyed. All air fields destroyed. All maintenance facilities, munitions depots and fuel depots that surround the air fields destroyed. Chemical storage sites destroyed. That’s the kind of strike we’re going to have. Also he has -- he has artillery munitions that he can deliver. We should take down his artillery plus those munitions. What makes it complicated is Russians out on the airfields. We should tell the Russians right now that every military base in Syria is vulnerable as a result of this chemical attack, and if you keep your people on those military bases we’re not going to be responsible if they are injured as a result of an attack."