Gen. Keane: Trump Must 'Go Big' in 'Decisive' Retaliation Against Assad
Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said Friday that President Trump needs to "go big" in a decisive military retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for the recent chemical attack in Douma.
The April 7 attack unfolded amid a resumed offensive by the Syrian government. The Assad regime has denied responsibility, but many believe it was behind the deadly strike.
"We've got to go big and it's got to be decisive, and we've got to truly take away the delivery capability that he has so he cannot use chemical weapons again," Keane said.
Nearly five dozen cruise missiles were launched at a Syrian airfield by the U.S. in April 2017 in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.
Keane and inspectors were scheduled to travel to Douma over the weekend, but he said there's enough information to launch an airstrike now.
"The last inspection by investigators took weeks to complete," he said. "I doubt if we're going to wait for that kind of report when we have good reports out of three intelligence services from three countries."
Keane added that Russian ships leaving their Syrian port show that "they want to get out of harm's way."
"No one wants to be in a port when an attack's taking place. We learned that lesson in World War II," he said.