The Pentagon is making preparations for a potential U.S. missile strike against Syria, CBS reports on Friday’s evening news.
The highlights from the CBS broadcast:
- The commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean ordered Navy warships to move closer to Syria to be ready for a possible cruise missile strike.
- The advantage of launching cruise missiles from the sea is that such a mission would not risk American lives.
- A strike would be designed not to topple Syrian dictator Bashir Assad but to convince him he cannot get away with using chemical weapons.
- Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to present options for a strike on Syria at a White House meeting today.
- Potential targets inside Syria include command bunkers and launchers used to fire chemical weapons.
- Officials stress President Obama, who has resisted calls for military intervention, has not made a decision. An attack won’t happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN on Friday that he is not there yet.