Secretary of State John Kerry today refused to rule out sending in ground troops into Syria as he testified before a Senate panel.
He and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel were making the case during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a U.S. strike on Syria.
Kerry said limited military action is an appropriate, measured response to the deaths of more than 1,400 civilians by the suspected use of sarin nerve gas.
'President Obama,' he said, 'is not asking Americans to go to war.'
'He is asking only for the power to make clear, to make certain, that the United States means what we say.'
Kerry said the administration has 'no desire' to send ground troops into Syria.
But he admitted that 'in the event Syria imploded, for instance, or in the event there was a threat of a chemical weapons cache falling into the hands of al-Nusra or someone else and it was clearly in the interest of our allies ... I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the president of the United States to secure our country.'
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