The U.S. attack on a Syrian air base was a positive statement that reaffirms the U.S.' role, retired Army Gen. Jack Keane said Friday.
President Donald Trump "conducts a decisive attack in response to a WMD attack, within 48 hours, and puts the United States back on a world stage in terms of global leadership, reassured our allies, and sent a loud message to our adversaries," Keane told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
"[Syrian President Bashar al] Assad only has six air bases he uses operationally. We know where all the targets, the air power infrastructure at those bases… we have target folders on all of that," he added.
"We could take it all down in one night if we wanted to do that. This is a proportionate, limited attack to send a message to one person: Assad, and also to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Iranians. No more WMD attacks. And we'll see if they get this message or not."
If he had been in charge, Keane said, he would have taken out all six Syrian air bases.
President Trump wanted to move quickly and target the source of the attack, he continued, and "that's why they went to the air base where it originated. So I understand what's behind all this, and I do think there's a lot to be gained by being that decisive within 48 hours."
The president's "decisive action" is a statement that the U.S. intends to protect its allies and its interests.
Keane then slammed Putin, saying, "He certainly is enabling Assad. Remember, Putin is in Syria committing war crimes himself… (Putin is) very much complicit here to the carnage that has been going on in Syria."
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