JD: It looks to me like this had to be a signal sent. Did Syria get the message you think?
KT: Honestly I don’t know yet. If the strike did serious damage to Assad’s military capabilities I think it’s going to make him think twice about using these weapons again. They don’t have a dramatic impact on the battlefield I have to say. They are not militarily precise weapons they attack civilians not combatants. They are weapons of terror.
JD: Russia however has said there was no such thing as chemical weapons usage, it was all a staged situation. Do you think Russia and Iran got the message?
KT: In the days before this reprise strike the Russians had been cyber rabbling and saying we’re not going to allow any US missiles to hit Syria and we’re going to defend Syria and yet guess what? When the missiles started to fly the Russians didn’t do anything. My guess is that neither one of them realized that they wanted to get in between those missiles and their targets it would have been deadly for them.
JD: What about North Korea? Did Kim get the message there in North Korea and is this a good set up for the meeting that both Kim and Trump are to have?
KT: This type of strike that did not go after the Assad regime would be precisely the kind of message that the US should be sending to North Korea. The message is this, get rid of your weapons on mass destruction if you don’t we will take them out but we won’t necessarily take out your regime. We’ll take out the weapons but we won’t necessarily strike the regime and the object of that is to essentially discourage or to deter any kind of response from in this case Syria but also from North Korea down the line.
JD: Ken Timmerman with the details behind the message that the United States led attack on Syria’s chemical arsenal sent to the world.