An interesting version of such a high effectiveness of air defense and a divergence in the stated targets of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense appeared. Americans have long been preparing for strikes against Syrian airfields. And so the cruise missiles had in advance developed routes for such attacks. Therefore, when new targets suddenly appeared, the routes to them were developed not from scratch, but as a continuation of already existing ones. This provided a series of approaches to the Syrian airbases and further on to new targets. But the Syrian air bases had air defense. And so anti-aircraft complexes shot down cruise missiles flying past like on exercises with high efficiency and without risk of defeat. At the same time, it seemed to the Syrian and Russian military that the air bases were the target of the strike - the missiles flew to them.