Matthew Cole / The Intercept: U.S. WEIGHS “SATURATION STRIKE” AGAINST SYRIAN GOVERNMENT IN RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL ATTACK
"Saturation strike" is a term used with good reason. The U.S. fired off 59 -- count 'em, "59" -- targeted missiles in a singular strike against one of Syria's six air bases, just 48 hours after that airbase participated in a hideous poison gas event. The strike took place in the dark of night and did not destroy the chemical depots containing sarian gas for obvious reasons. Instead, the strike took out the Shayrat air-base proper along with its landing strips. Five such bases remain.
The objective of this mission was to destroy the facility, not to kill Syrian military personnel.
Keep in mind that Russia signed an agreement (2013) with the U,S, to keep chemicals out of Syria. Barack hid behind this agreement, charging that Russia was given responsibility over this issue, and announcing, "in fact," that Russia had removed all such weapons. If not before tonight, certainly we now know that this was, yet, another Obama lie, one told to cover for his his own ineptitude.
The US attack was launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross. Fox News is reporting that each missile carried 1000 pounds of explosives. Our ships were in the Mediterranean, 123 miles from the airbase. The Russians were notified before the attack via diplomatic channels.