There is no history of success using cruise missiles without follow-up, Lt. Col. Oliver North says, and U.S. action against Syria may end up putting Americans in danger.
Syrian President Bashar Assad "has got allies like Russia. He's got allies like Iran. They are capable of doing things to us that could be very injurious — not just to Israel," North said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."
Both Syria and Iran have said they will attack America's ally Israel if the United States launches missiles into Syria.
The White House has signaled it will launch missiles at Syria after the country killed more than 1,000 of its own citizens with poison gas. President Barack Obama drew a "red line" a year ago that such an attack would force American action, but members of Congress in both parties are split over whether such action would help or make matters worse.
North said Assad wouldn't change his actions over a few missiles hitting his country. Cruise missiles serve only two purposes, the retired colonel said.
"They're good for setting the pace for shock and awe for a real campaign that's going to continue," North said. "And No. 2: making a weak president feel powerful. That's what Bill Clinton did, that's what Barack Obama's doing."
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