Americans protest the proposed US military intervention in Syria in front of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Sept. 9. (AFP/Getty Images)
In an exclusive interview with LIGNET, Maj. Gen. Scott Smith, a highly decorated, retired U.S. Army officer and battlefield commander, said U.S. policy on Syria is "adrift" and led by a "politically driven" president. He said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might be "chastened" by an attack but probably not seriously damaged. "We couldn’t impose our will on North Korea, North Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Why would we believe that a military strike on Syria would be anything other than symbolic and cosmetic?" he asked.
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