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Gen. Anthony Tata on composition of U.S.-led strike on Syria

September 24, 2019


LIEUTENANT WE NEED TO BREAK IT DOWN RETIRED GENERAL KNOWS MORE ABOUT STRATEGIC COMPLICATION IMPLICATIONS THAT YOU FOR BEING HERE WALK US THROUGH THE STRATEGY WHAT WERE TARGETED AND WHY.>>THE GREATER REGION YOU GOT IRAQ YOU MENTIONED TURKEY TO NORTH ISRAEL OVER HERE, JORDAN, SO IT IS A VERY STRATEGIC LOCATION YOU GOT THE CAPITAL HOMS ANOTHER AREA WES STRUCK BASICALLY TWO REGIONS HERE IMPORTANT FACILITY IMPORTANT COMMAND AND CONTROL FACILITIES AIR DEFENSE ASSETS IN DAMASCUS SO I THINK THAT IS THE FIRST PIECE THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT.>>CHEMICAL FACILITIES HOW MUCH DO WE GO THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHEMICAL WEAPONS HOW MUCH DID WE GO AT THEIR ABILITY AIR DEFENSE ASSETS.>>YOU HEARD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BUILDINGS WHAT PRODUCTION FACILITIES, SO I THINK THAT IS WHAT WAS HAPPENING, IN HOMS THAT IS WHERE WE WERE ATTACKING THERE, AND DAMASCUS YOU CAN IMAGINE ALL OF THE SURFACE-TO-AIR-MISSILES RUSSIANS HAVE GIVEN THEM 80,000 FEET IN THE SKY OR B-1, B-2 BOMBERS FLY 40, 50,000 FEET PILOTS NOT WITHOUT RISK LAST NIGHT AS FLYING AROUND, SO THE FIRST SALVO YOU SAW COME IN WE WILL TALK YOU CAN ABOUT ASSETS WE HAVE, BUT WHAT YOU SAW, IS THAT THESE TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILES WERE TARGETING THE AIR DEFENSE ASSETS, RIGHT? AND SO BECAUSE THEIR UNMANNED CAN GET IN THERE IF SHOT DOWN, WE — YOU DON’T KNOW IF TRUE OR NOT RIGHT IF THEY GET SHOT DOWN –>>THEY WENT IN TWICE AS MANY LAST YEAR WHICH WAS 58 AND TARGETED COMMAND AND CONTROL AND AIR DEFENSE ASSETS YOU WANT.>>O DO YOUBLY THEY INTERMYSELF ISRAEL.>>I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT, OF COURSE, THEY WILL DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO TRY TO MAKE IT LOOKED LIKE THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF SUCCESS, WE WILL TALK ABOUT IN A WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT WE DEFEATED THEIR AIR DEFENSE CAPABILITY, OUR PILOTS, THE UK PILOTS AND FRENCH PILOTS GOT IN AND OUT OF THERE SO FAR, THAT WE KNOW, WITH NO CASUALTIES.>>THAT IS DIFFERENT IT WASN’T JUST WARSHIPS SUBMARINES, AIR FORCE PILOTS B-1 BEM% FLYING OVER AIRSPACE CONTESTED THAT IS RIGHT A COMBAT OPERATION HUMAN BEINGS FLYING AIRCRAFT COMMAND AND CONTROL FROM SHIPS AIRSPACE COORDINATION CENTERS DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE REGION IN KUWAIT, OUR AREAS.>>COALITION FORCES I GOT TO BELIEVE THIS IS LARGELY AMERICAN LED HOW MUCH SUPPORT DID WE ACTUALLY GET FROM ALLIES.>>YOU KNOW, YOU HEARD ABOUT THE BRITISH TORNADOS TAKING OFF YOU HEARD ABOUT FRENCH AIRCRAFT INVOLVED I THINK IT WAS MORE THAN SYMBOLIC, YOU KNOW I THINK FRANCE UK COWBOYED UP HERE OF ALL NATO NATIONS TYPICALLY THE ONES PLUS CANADA THAT ARE CONTRIBETORY EVERYBODY ELSE THERE FOR THE COCK TILE CIRCUIT BUT MOSTLY UK FIREMEN CANADIANS HELPERS HERE.>>PROPPING UP ASSAD DID HE ULTIMATELY GIVE THEM A BLOW OR A SYMBOL TO THEM.>>YOU KNOW LOOK AT IT FOR YOU HEARD PRESIDENT LAST NIGHT TALK ABOUT DIPLOMATIC INFORMATION, MILITARY ECONOMIC, HE ACTUALLY DIDN’T MENTION INFORMATION BUT YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE THAT SYNCHRONIZATION OF ELEMENTS OF POWER TO IMPACT RUSSIA IMPACT IRAN IMPACT SYRIA HERE THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT — ANY ONE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, GET THIS THEY SIN CONIZE ELEMENTS OF POWER DIPLOMATIC WHAT DO WE DO ALL SOURCES WE SHOWED JUST OFF THE SHORE SURROUNDING, WE ARE GOING TO DO BATTLE DAMAGE SEGMENT WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DID WE HAVE? WE ISSUED A LIST OF DEMANDS GOING BACK AT IT AGAIN OR GOING TO –>>YOU MENTIONED INFORMATIONAL, I WOULD SAY TWITTER ACCOUNT IS A — A — GOT THE RUSSIAN NAVY INTO THE — SINGLE TWEET, OLIVE BRANCH, ABSOLUTELY INFORMATION WAR THAT WHOLE TWEET ABOUT THE ECONOMIC OLE OF BRANCH THAT

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