U.S. boots in Syria unlikely: Obama

AFP-JIJI

President Barack Obama came close Friday to ruling out deploying U.S. troops to Syria, saying he did not foresee a scenario in which that would be beneficial to the United States or Syria.

“As a general rule, I don’t rule things out as commander-in-chief because circumstances change and you want to make sure that I always have the full power of the United States at our disposal to meet American national security interests,” Obama said. “Having said that, I do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in Syria — American boots on the ground in Syria — would not only be good for America but also would be good for Syria.”

Obama has been reluctant to intervene in the war but faces mounting criticism that he has allowed the Assad regime to cross his own declared “red line” on using chemical weapons.