U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States did not rule out the possibility of returning to the United Nations Security Council to secure a resolution on Syria once U.N. inspectors complete their report.
Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Kerry said President Barack Obama had yet to make a decision on the issue.
"The end of this civil war is going to require a political solution.
"There is no military solution. What the US is seeking - not alone, but together with others - is to enforce the standard with respect to the use of chemical weapons," he said.
"We are not seeking to become engaged in, or party to, Syria's civil war", he said.
Syria's rebels and Assad's soldiers agree on one thing. The military strike America is now preparing will change nothing and do no good.
As the threat of US strikes looms, people of Damascus wonder what missiles will achieve, and for whom.