Secretary of State John Kerry wants boots on the ground in Syria despite opposition from Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday that the Administration of President Barack Obama does not want the use of ground troops ruled out in a Congressional resolution on Syria. Minutes later, the Nation’s top diplomat reversed, saying that a measure prohibiting boots on the ground would be fine.
“This authorization does not contemplate and should not have any allowance for troops on the ground — I just want to make that absolutely clear,” Kerry said in response to a question from Marco Rubio.
But the White House draft resolution on the Syrian conflict clearly empowers President Obama to send ground troops to the civil war torn nation.
“What I was doing was hypothesizing a potential — it might occur at some point in time — but not in this authorization,” Kerry said in an attempt to explain his flip-flop.
“There is no problem in our having the language that has zero capacity for American troops on the ground within the authorization the president is asking for,” he continued.
Kerry said he simply meant that the President should have the ability to deploy ground troops in the event that Syria “imploded” or chemical weapons were attained by terrorists in the country.