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Retired USAF intelligence officer/Arabist. RC-135 4000+ hours. Attache/OGA in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia. Recovering CNN analyst.
Sep 5, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
Always great to be on @cnni with @rosemaryCNN Church.

Francona: #Syria would be insane to use chemical weapons in the assault on #Idlib governorate. Bashar al-Asad knows using chemical weapons will draw a military response from the United States, France and possibly the UK. It’s hard to understand the absurdity, but it appears that as long as you only use barrel bombs, artillery, rockets, and missiles to kill, it is deemed almost acceptable, but cross that line and use chemicals, the ire of the world demands a military response. So why use them?