Local national security expert weighs in on the attacks in Syria

(CNY Central | April 7, 2016) Right now, the United States is looking into whether Russia participated in the Syrian chemical weapons attack that provoked the airstrikes Thursday night.

It’s a revelation that could have dramatic implications.

One day after the attacks, CNYCentral is bringing in a new perspective with Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, a former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and a professor at Syracuse University.

CBS5’s Michael Benny asked Murrett some complex questions to give the community a better understanding of what exactly happened.

We started out asking why the Syrian government used a chemical gas attack on Syrians?

Murrett’s response: “There is no excuse for that, we have a responsibility to look after things like that in any country, when the leader of a nation goes after his own people with such a horrific type of weapon, then certainly the international community needs to respond and be aware of that.”

The next question we brought to the table was what is possibly going on in Syria that would cause such a thing to happen?

“The president of Syria is under a lot of pressure from the people, I think he was trying to send a message perhaps that he was still strong,” Murrett responded …

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