TODAY | September 07, 2013
>>> many americans are worried about striking syria for fear it could expand into a wider conflict. now, word that the pentagon could be increasing the target if it's given the go ahead for a strike. jim picks up that part of the story.
>> reporter: as president obama prepares this weekend to try to win support from congress and the american people for missile strikes against syria , he ordered the military to come up with other options, to hit harder than originally planned. they want to use long range bombers. b-2 stealth bombers flown all the way from missouri. b-52s from louisiana and b-1 bombers. all able to launch cruise missiles or gps guided bombs from long range, well outside syria 's antiaircraft defenses. the u.s. military has been ordered to come up with a longer list of targets. sending a tougher message to president bashir al assad, sitting on more than 1,000 tons of chemical weapons .
>> though he used more chemical weapons on august 21 than before, he's barely put a dent in his stockpile.
>> reporter: the u.s. navy has four guided missile destroyers in the mediterranean armed with 150 cruise missiles aimed at 50 military targets inside syria . t one on stand by in the red sea . they announced strategy for a limited attack that would diminish their chemical weapons capabilities would have no lasting impact and only draw the u.s. into a larger war.
>> this is probably not the last time the regime is going to use chemical warfare , no matter what we do.
>> reporter: the president's attempt at a harder line against syria has come under fire. military officials say it looks more like a political strategy than military