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U.S. working on details of military strike

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WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration insists the Syrian government must be punished, U.S. officials are still grappling with what type of military strike might deter future chemical weapons attacks and trying to assess how President Bashar Assad would respond, two senior administration officials said today.

“If there is action taken, it must be clearly defined what the objective is and why” and based on “clear facts,” said one of the senior officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said the administration is considering more than a single set of military strikes and “the options are not limited just to one day” of assault.

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