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Kerry Gains Support For U.S. Strike Against Syria

Jacqueline Jackson |
September 3, 2013 | 7:16 p.m. PDT

Managing Editor

Foreign Relations Committee | Wikimedia Commons
Foreign Relations Committee | Wikimedia Commons
Secretary of State John Kerry met with key members of the U.S. senate Tuesday in order to push them to vote for Obama's plan of military action in Syria.

Top officials informed the Foreign Relations Committee that President Obama is not asking them to agree to war and doesn't want a major military commitment in Syria. However, Kerry said Tuesday that the U.S. must send a message to Syria that, "Never Means Never" when it comes to the use of chemical weapons.

According to Reuters when asked if troops would be sent to Syria Kerry initally said, "I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country." However, after recieving a reponse from Republican Senator Bob Corker that he "didn't find that a very appropriate response regarding boots on the ground" Kerry changed his answer and said, "The answer is, whatever prohibition clarifies it to Congress or the American people, there will not be American boots on the ground with respect to the civil war."

Kerry eliminated any concern that U.S. troops would be deployed to Syria and after stressing that ground troops would not be used Senator Robert Menendez and Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said the United States needed to take action against Syria. Corker and Menendez released a new version of the draft resolution to authorize military force adding limits to the military campaign which they hope the president approves.

After the meeting Tuesday both House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and  Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner  confirmed their support for Obama's plan.

For more information on today's meeting visit USA Today.

WATCH: John Kerry At Senate Meeting Below

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