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The Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say "initial preparations" because such an attack won't happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet.
"If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country, without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented," the president told CNN, "then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it — 'do we have the coalition to make it work?' Those are considerations that we have to take into account."
Manipulating Public Perceptions: U.S. detected activity at Syria chemical weapons sites before attack: Administration officials said Friday that U.S. intelligence detected activity at known Syrian chemical weapons sites before Wednesday's possible chemical weapons attack that killed at least 1,000 people, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
Syria: Chuck Hagel suggests US is marshalling military forces: US defence secretary says his department is providing Barack Obama with 'options for all contingencies'
Syria: US Moves Warship As "Strike Calls Grow": The USS Mahan destroyer remains in the Mediterranean as defence officials are asked to devise options to resolve the Syria crisis.