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Local Expert Weighs In On U.S. Options In Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Department of State August 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry said that chemical weapons had been used to kill scores of people during the ongoing civil war in Syria and that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had used shelling to destroy the evidence.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Department of State August 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry said that chemical weapons had been used to kill scores of people during the ongoing civil war in Syria and that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had used shelling to destroy the evidence. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A University of Pennsylvania political science professor says the United States should be considering all of its options before taking action in Syria.

Dr. Ian Lustick, an expert on Middle East politics, says placing warships in the Mediterranean Sea is a provocative move, which could lead to surgical strikes inside Syria.

“Ultimately what can happen is command and control centers become the targets of American Tomahawk missiles, and that can include the leadership of the country, so even though we may say we’re not trying to take out the regime, or take out Assad himself, that may be a certain kind of deployment,” said Lustick.

Lustick says what’s driving the situation is chemical weapons. He says the U.S. should view that as a reason to get involved, if only for humanitarian reasons. However, the question of who was behind the chemical weapons attacks is still unclear.

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