Nightly News   |  August 30, 2013

Nation awaits Obama’s final decision on Syria

A final war plan is in place, but President Obama has not yet made a decision on what action to take in Syria.  NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> after secretary kerry made those impassioned remarks, we heard from the president about syria during a meeting at the white house with baltic leaders.

>> part of our obligation and a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they're held to account.

>> the president earlier today they are ready to strike, he said it will not involve u.s. troops on the ground. for the latest, we want to go to jim miklaszewski at the white house . what are you hearing at this hour?

>> reporter: the president hasn't made a decision, final war plan is in place. u.s. military are ready to pull the trigger. five guided destroyers in the mediterranean, each armed with up to 50 tomahawk missiles . command centers for syria's chemical weapons and their delivery systems, rocket, artilleries and airplanes. the amphibian marine antonia met on standby for any possible emergencies. while no final decision have been made the pre-planning for this operation is so far along that once the president gives the order, missiles could be in the air within minutes. lester.