Obama Admin Denies Saying “No Boots On The Ground” in Syria After Saying It 16 Times
30 April, 2016
[I]n no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground; that would involve a long-term campaign.
After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets … We would not put boots on the ground.
First, many of you have asked, won’t this put us on a slippery slope to another war?
My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.
[The U.S. involvement in Syria] does not involve boots on the ground.
Tomorrow, I’ll speak to the American people. I’ll explain this is not Iraq; this is not Afghanistan; this is not even Libya. We’re talking about — not boots on the ground.
In Syria, the boots on the ground have to be Syrian.
The resolution we’ve submitted today does not call for the deployment of U.S. ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria.