Kerry: 'No Soldiers Put At Risk' in Attacking Syria
10:44 AM, Sep 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The New York Times reported on September 5 that the United States is widening plans for proposed strikes on Syria to punish the Assad government for its alleged chemical weapons attacks. The plans now reportedly include the use of aircraft in addition to cruise missiles:
However, remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday at a press conference in Paris with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius seem to contradict that assertion. In a very long response to a question from Andrea Mitchell of NBC News about the trouble the administration is having building support for its plans, Kerry repeated his "no boots on the ground" pledge, but went further with an assertion that there would be "no soldiers put at risk" [emphasis added]:
Kerry's assurance appears to discount any possible retaliation from Syria.
Kerry also used some colorful language to describe what underlies the resistance to President Obama's plans to respond to Syria:
The president and Secretary Kerry will be conducting a full court press this week, with press interviews, Congressional briefings, a Google hangout, and a presidential address to the nation.
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