Supercut: The Obama Admin. Promises There Will Be No Boots on the Ground in Syria
Today the White House announced that it's sending ground forces into Syria to prosecute the wars against ISIS and Bashar al-Assad. Whatever you think of the decision, this is exactly the opposite of what the administration promised upon first announcing its Syria policy in 2013.
In May 2013, President Obama said "I do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in Syria ... would be good for America."
In August 31, 2013, address at the Rose Garden, Obama announced his Syrian civil war strategy, assuring, "This would not be an open-ended intervention -- we would not put boots on the ground."
In September, John Kerry testified on the Hill, and promised: "With respect to boots on the ground, profoundly no; there will be no boots on the ground."
Interspersed with promises of not putting boots on the ground were promises the Syria campaign would not be "long term" or "open ended." "Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope," Obama said in his September 7th weekly radio address.
Finally, in a primetime address to the nation on September 10th of that year, President Obama flatly guaranteed: "I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan."