Military.com reports that securing Syria’s weapons may require boots on the ground.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little was asked if US troops would be needed to assist if an agreement was reached to take control of Assad’s 1,000 tons of chemical weapons. Little’s answer was vague, not the definitive one we have become used to hearing from this administration.
Little said, “I’m not going to speculate on who may or may not be participating in a process that may or may not take place. We’ve got to see where the process goes” before the U.S. military considers involvement, he said.
A tentative agreement is being formulated in Geneva and Assad has agreed to it in principle.
A Pentagon report from 2012 stated that securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and the facilities that produced them would likely require the U.S. to send more than 75,000 ground troops into the Middle Eastern country, the Daily Mail said.
The report was mentioned as part of a secret memorandum the US Department of Defense prepared for President Obama in 2012.
Presumably, the removal of chemical weapons would be part of an international coalition of troops and not solely the responsibility of the United States.
In May, President Obama said he didn’t foresee a scenario in which there would be boots on the ground:
John Kerry…at 01:00, no troops on the ground, in no way, zero possibility:
Deputy National Security Adviser, at 02:14, said the one option we have taken off is boots on the ground: