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Washington, DC - September 10, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Retired Major General Robert H. Scales, Former Commandant of the US Army War College:

"An American missile strike against Syria might well affect American security. We've seen in the past that half measures, ineffective strikes and shots across the bow against diabolical enemies have often resulted in tragic counterstrikes against American interests at home and abroad."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Retired Major General Robert H. Scales, Former Commandant of the US Army War College:

"Assad will likely survive. He and his murderous regime will only continue to butcher his people. The proposed firepower strike violates every principle of war, to include surprise, mass and a clearly defined and obtainable strategic objective. As the nation takes a knee, the Syria Army will continue to hide, disperse and camouflage and secret his strategic systems among the population. What might have degraded Assad's force two weeks ago will certainly not have the intended the effects as we delay and continue to telegraph our military intent."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Retired Major General Robert H. Scales, Former Commandant of the US Army War College:

"The sad part to me, however, is even if we are able to control these stockpiles, Assad will continue to kill his people with conventional weapons, and I presume that it is just as horrible to die from a bullet as it is from sarin gas, and this sectarian civil war _ like a forest fire _ will continue to burn itself out as one Syrian kills another Syrian and this sad, sad war could possibly last for decades."

STORYLINE:

Former Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Retired Major General Robert Scales, warns that an American strike against Syria could endanger security at home and American interests abroad.

Speaking Tuesday to a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Scales warns that President Barack Obama's public plans to launch military strikes in Syria should have been launched two weeks ago.

"The proposed firepower strike violates every principle of war, to include surprise, mass and a clearly defined and obtainable strategic objective, " Scales said.

"As the nation takes a knee, the Syria Army will continue to hide, disperse and camouflage and secret his strategic systems among the population. "