1. Syria Hearing

    Kerry Stumbles on 'Boots on the Ground'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talk during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Kerry and Hagel appeared before the committee to present the Obama Administration's views on Congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Come again? At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to equivocate when asked whether there would be American boots on the ground in Syria. Kerry said at one point he wouldn't "take off the table" the idea, nor any other military actions. However, pressed on his answer—which contradicted previous public statements—Kerry clarified that he was only "thinking out loud." "Let's shut that door tight as we can," he insisted. Not acting at all on Syria, the secretary said in closing, would turn America into “spectators of slaughter.”

    Appeared to equivocate.
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