He added that he doesn’t believe the White House will want to risk pilots’ lives with flights over Syria, so “that really limits our options to cruise strikes and think that’s probably where the White House is going to go.”
“I think there’s little danger that targeted cruise strikes are going to so destabilize the Assad regime that it would fall quickly, that would probably be too much to expect of that kind of strike. The bigger risk is actually that the strike won’t be significant enough to deter him. But I think it would. I think it could be very punishing. You wouldn’t go after the stockpiles, themselves, which only could disperse the chemical weapons, but rather go after his missile stock, go after some of his aircraft, go after his ability to deliver these weapons in the future,” Schiff said.
“…We can’t wait on the United Nations to act. The Russians will never allow that to take place, their national security interests are very different than ours. They will seek to make murky who was responsible for this. But I think we do have to act in concert with others and I think we can.”
U.N. weapons inspectors came under sniper fire today as they drove to the site. The Syrian National Coalition, Assad’s main opposition, said it would keep U.N. personnel safe during their inspection of the rebel stronghold where more than 1,300 were killed Wednesday.
An initial investigation by Human Rights Watch found “witnesses in Eastern and Western Ghouta, outside Damascus, described symptoms and delivery methods consistent with the use of chemical nerve agents during attacks by government forces on August 21, 2013.”