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President Barack Obama said the United States does not plan to send troops to Syria. That leaves airstrikes as the most likely response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime's use of chemical weapons.
The military, especially the U.S. Navy which already has five warships in position in the Mediterranean, are ready to go – all they are waiting for is the president's order.
CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports.
(CNN) - Declaring himself "war-weary" but determined to hold Syria accountable for using banned chemical weapons, President Barack Obama said Friday he was considering a limited response to what U.S. intelligence assessed with "high confidence" as a Syrian attack that killed more than 1,400 people.
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The Obama administration will release declassified intelligence Friday backing up a government assessment that the Syrian regime was responsible for a chemical weapons attack, a senior administration official said.
Diplomatic and political developments this week raised the chances of the United States going it alone in a military intervention in Syria. A U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria ended in deadlock, and in the U.S. Congress, doubts about military intervention are making the rounds.
Administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, briefed key lawmakers on the situation in a telephone conference Thursday night.
Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was on that call. He said even after hearing the administration's stance, he opposes a strike on Syria. From a military standpoint, said Inhofe, the U.S. simply cannot afford it.