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Syria is one of just seven countries in the world that it's not -- the 1997 convention banning chemical weapons.
Many analysts consider its stockpile to be the largest in the world estimated at up to a thousand clients.
US assessments say Damascus has Muster blister agents Sarin nerve agent and -- X nerve agent possibly already weaponized in -- -- And there is evidence that Syria has UC -- and against opposition forces -- -- -- -- -- times more deadly than cyanide.
One tiny drop.
Can kill a person.
Analysts believe these weapons are stored at up to fifty sites most are believed to be in serious north.
This arsenal said to be a hundred times worse than what we were facing and dealing with in Libya.
-- US strike against Syria is expected to be limited experts say -- possible to use airstrikes to take out -- -- seems chemical weapons so.
What would a limited strike.
Really accomplish what would it be -- now lieutenant colonel Bill Allen is retired US marine and a Fox News military analyst Karl good to see today.
Good to be with you Shannon thank you are right our options here are limited what are -- day and what's the end game.
Well a look -- -- report did just a moment ago and what you just talked about there.
A show just how extremely complex this whole situation hasn't it it's -- it's hard to find a good ending point.
That's something that comes out good for everybody in this saying if we're talking about limited strikes the question is what -- that what is what's the purpose of it is it does send a message.
Is it to destabilize -- regime is -- to knock out some of his military capabilities of that there is somehow intentionally or not support the rebellion -- -- You know Janet I don't know I say at a maximum -- -- fire so my iPad at a minimum maybe fired them tomahawk missiles.
I doubt that -- put any jet aircraft manned aircraft over Syria we're gonna have to carefully select our targets.
I heard somebody in the last hour talk -- here on -- and I agreed with him completely.
The issue is not chemical weapons the issue is -- aside.
And in my judgment what we should be doing is something to scare him.
Scare him personally and visibly we don't have to kill and we don't have to kill anybody around -- -- back.
Which it send a message that what we're gonna do and that we should do it as a demonstration I'll -- like to use the words again.
Shock and -- a target something that he's around.
Tell -- to get out of there and absolutely demolish it.
And when you're done doing that you've sent the message which seems to be what we're trying to do you've told -- don't use chemical weapons again or you will be the target.
You haven't inflicted civilian -- -- The user of the Iranians or -- other people can jump up and yell and scream.
But the fact of the matter -- -- not changed anything really in the dynamics over there.
Except to scare the person Bashir -- thought we did that with Qaddafi.
Back in 87 when our friend Ollie north -- on the the National Security Council and it worked so.
To me that's a limited strike with what that without an outcome that may work.
-- right to send a message make it unmistakable.
But avoid obviously is civilian casualties which.
You're always risking and this kind of interaction in this kind of engagement in that region.
You mentioned that the fact that you know we wanna have.
Scare aside but not necessarily taken out yesterday the White House said any strike would not be about regime change although that's what they've been calling for for a couple of years.
So how do we thread that needle how do we send a message.
Minimize or avoid any civilian casualties and actually steer him and and show -- that the US means business this time.
Well thanks thanks for asking me that question that -- look in the Israeli Hezbollah war back in 07.
The Israelis had some targets up in southern Lebanon Hezbollah and I like to call it.
That they knew they were gonna strike and they advised everybody up there through both cell phone call they had everybody's telephone number.
And -- leaflet drops that they were gonna do what they told those civilians get out of that area because tomorrow we're gonna hit it.
And the civilians did that there were very -- -- casually people who didn't think the Israelis.
We're going to be that effective I believe we can do the same thing by specifically targeting something of importance to him the palace his residence.
Something that as a good meeting they -- and -- if we're gonna hit it.
We need to -- 45 tomahawk missiles at that precise point so that when he comes back to look at it there's nothing left and we need to make sure he knows.
Next time it will be him don't use chemical weapons again.
-- sounds like we -- inching closer to those possibilities colonel thank you very much.
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